Manchester United got their bid for a top four finish back on track over the weekend, with Jose Mourinho’s men showing real guts and determination to overcome Middlesbrough. Now, we’re on international hiatus, which gives some of our players time to regroup and get that energy flowing again.
There are now eleven fixtures left in the league for the Red Devils, and our hopes of securing Champions League football really are hanging on a knife-edge.
One former Red legend, Gary Neville, has recently had his say on the situation, and he claims that three of the four Champions League spots are already locked up; meaning United, Arsenal and Liverpool are vying for one place.
“I think Chelsea obviously will finish in the top four. I think Tottenham and Manchester City will as well,” Neville is quoted as saying by the Daily Star, as per Sky Sports.
“I think it [fourth position] is between Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. It will be intriguing to see where it goes. United have got a tough run of fixtures, and still have to play Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and City.”
“They’ve got tough games and the Europa League as well. Arsenal look dead at the moment, they look finished. But they always come back with a late run.”
“City have got tough games but I think they will get there, there’s something about them.”
On paper, I definitely think that Manchester United have by far the worst run-in, and that isn’t helped by the fact that Mourinho and his players are still competing in the Europa League.
However, I think we’ll have what it takes to overcome Arsenal, who look like an absolute mess at the moment. The real danger is Liverpool, and honestly, I wouldn’t rule out Everton either.
It’s certainly going to be an interesting couple of months for Manchester United. Personally, I’d sacrifice league position and try our best to go out and win the Europa League tournament – as that offers us a way into the Champions League now.
Obviously, that won’t be easy, but we should be able to overcome Belgian side Anderlecht over two legs, and at that point we’d be in the semi-finals where absolutely anything can happen.