Manchester United got their bid to finish in the top four back on track at the weekend, thanks to a pretty comfortable 3-0 victory away at Sunderland. The game itself was decided when Seb Larsson saw red for a tackle on Ander Herrera, then our front line did the rest.
With Arsenal losing to Palace on Monday night, we’re now sitting in fifth position, and our top four hopes really are hanging on by the proverbial thread. Honestly, though, when you look at our fixtures, you have to say they aren’t kind; with Chelsea up next.
Now former Manchester United man Phil Neville has had his say on the situation, and he believes it really is an uphill task, but he has explained why it is possible for the Red Devils to make it into the top four.
“I still think it’s an uphill task (finishing in the top four),” He said to Sky Sports, as per the Daily Star .“I thought they played well, a few players got confidence back.”
“But there’s a still a long way to go. He needs a big win, Jose.”
“He needs a big game at Old Trafford and it’ll inspire the whole club and go on and finish in the top four.”
“He’s not had that big win yet and perhaps next Sunday is the one.”
I think he’s definitely right, and Manchester United are desperate for that big win against one of the Premier League’s top sides. The only good victory I can think of is the home game against Spurs, aside from that, we’ve been lacking against the rest of the top six.
Personally, I think this upcoming week is the deciding factor. If we manage to stick a few past Anderlecht and can build up a lead, I’d understand the logic in still trying to finish in the top four. However, if we then lose to Chelsea this weekend, I’d say our hopes would be totally finished, so it really is crucial we get a couple of big results
This game against Chelsea will have that added extra inscentive for our manager, as obviously these are his previous employers and he’ll be looking to prove a point. On top of that, they are absolutely walking away with the league right now so it’s a great opportuntiy for our players to test themselves against the best.