Manchester United’s season has really been hit and miss under Louis van Gaal, and although the club have an FA Cup final to look forward to, it has been a bit of an odd one. At times the results and performances just have not been good enough.
Now our place in the Champions League is a major doubt, and we now need a favour from Swansea who host Manchester City; as well as grabbing a win ourselves.
Rio Ferdinand clearly isn’t all that impressed with his former side at the moment, and he has stated that Manchester United simply have to get into the top four to consider this season a success.
“If they don’t qualify for the Champions League, it’s not a successful season. That’s quite fair to say.” Rio Ferdinand began.
“If they get their hands on the FA Cup, that’s a great achievement but, in my time, if you’d won a trophy you’d done well but you’ve got to get into the Champions League as well. And I think that’s the case even more so today.”
“[Reaching] the Champions League maybe outweighs winning sometimes, even the FA Cup, in terms of the commercial options of a football club. Finishing in the Champions League places is the only place Manchester United should be finishing. That’s got to be the minimum demand at that football club. That’s what it was when I was there.”
I think aiming for just the Champions League is a dangerous game, and a club with the stature of Manchester United should always aspire to be challenging for major honours. Just look at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger – they’ve become so settled with making it into the Champions League year-in year-out that they now see it as an achievement.
Winning the FA Cup is no guarantee either, especially with Louis van Gaal in charge. The players have to remain focused, concentrate solely on playing football and try and give the travelling fans a day to remember.