Manchester United’s two games on the back of the international break have both resulted in draws, which obviously isn’t ideal as our hopes of finishing in the top four are hanging on by a thread. Jose Mourinho and his players just obviously haven’t been good enough.
The games against both West Bromwich and Everton were just drab affairs in which we didn’t create anywhere near enough clear-cut opportunities. Whether it’s down to not having the quality of player or it being down to Jose Mourinho’s defensive setup remains to be seen, but those are matches we have to be winning.
On Tuesday, we gained a point only thanks to a very late Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty, but that didn’t stop Manchester United making it an alarming twenty-one points dropped at the Theatre of Dreams this season.
Now Sky Sports News’ Gary Neville has had his say on the situation, and the red legend doesn’t believe his former side will make it into the top four – and you find it hard to disagree with his reasoning.
“I think it will be the current top four and Man United and Arsenal will miss out. It will be difficult for Tottenham to catch Chelsea and I don’t see it happening.” Gary Neville told Sky Sports.
“It was inconceivable to think that Chelsea were going to go the whole season without dropping points. They will drop more points before the end of the season, there’s no doubt about that because they have some tough fixtures coming up but can the others capitalise and are they capable of going on the run required to be able to catch them?”
“The fixtures and the way they’re laid out is important. So many of the United games, they should have won and could have won. They just haven’t got that killer instinct to kill teams off. I suppose in some ways when you can identify where you’re going wrong, your weaknesses and where you need to improve, then I suppose that’s a good thing in some way.”
“At this moment in time, they make it so difficult for themselves to get in the top four. If you like at the fixtures they’ve got, it is so tough. I think too many mistakes have been made.”
He reckons the top four will be as is, and the Red Devils have just shot themselves far too many times in the foot at home. Stoke, Burnley, AFC Bournemouth, West Brom and countless others have all been let off the hook far too easily, and we’ve just been lacking in that killer instinct.
For me now, it’s all on the Europa League. We simply have to win that trophy or it could well be another season out of European football’s premier competition which would obviously be massively disappointing for everyone associated with Manchester United Football Club; particularly after spending so much money.