For Manchester United, it has been a tough few weeks. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have lost four from five, losing ground in the Premier League while also struggling in cup competitions too.
This weekend’s game against West Ham United is massive. The Red Devils are sitting in sixth, locked in a four-way battle with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham hotspur for two Champions League spots.
Three points here is an absolute must and it’d start our end of season run-in in the best way possible. With six games left to play, Solskjaer has openly admitted he has a 15-point target from here on out, in order to finish third, thus qualifying for top-level European football next season.
“We need as many points as possible,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by United’s official Twitter account. “I think if we do get 15 points, we’ll be [in the] top three. But for now, it’s about getting three points against West Ham.”
Manuel Pellegrini has his West Ham side playing some brilliant stuff at the moment and this one is by no means a given. With the squad looking depleted through injury and suspension, it’s going to take a real team effort to come out on top.
Looking further forward, home games against both Manchester City and Chelsea simply have to be won, particularly the latter as they’re right in the hunt with us.
Everton is the tough away fixture, while you’d fancy our chances at beating both Cardiff (H) and Huddersfield (A) given the circumstances. At minimum I think we’ll get twelve points, but we have to turn one of those potential losses or draws into a win; and that’s much easier said than done…