Manchester United’s season started badly, then improved quickly, before falling into stasis since the turn of the year. It is a worrying status quo for United fans who are starting to wonder whether Louis van Gaal really has the answers after all.
Known for his tactical desire to get the ball from back to front quickly, one would have imagined that LvG was perfect for a Manchester United team who simply couldn’t get behind defences last season.
But he too is failing to make Manchester United more penetrative right now. Instead the ball is even more frequently played in front of the opposition defence and the electrifying counter attacks have all but disappeared from their game, despite the addition of Angel di Maria.
For our money, Louis will get eventually it right – he’s obviously still rummaging around for his best eleven. But the big question is, will he find it in time to save Manchester United from a second season out of The Champions League?
We take a look at the ten remaining fixtures to see if United can expect a top four finish (they are currently on 53 points):
Tottenham (home) WIN
On current form it’s a draw but we feel that Manchester United will rouse themselves for a much needed win.
Liverpool (away) DRAW
It won’t be pretty but United will scrape a draw.
Aston Villa (home) WIN
Must win. Will win.
Manchester City (home) DRAW
It’s hard to swallow but City are a better team than United right now – despite some dodgy results of their own of late.
Chelsea (away) LOSS
Chelsea could edge this.
Everton (away) DRAW
Everton are due an upturn in form.
West Brom (home) WIN
Must win. Will win
Crystal Palace (away) WIN
Not an easy one but Manchester United’s form will surely have improved by this stage.
Arsenal (home) WIN
Revenge for the cup defeat and a vital victory over top 4 rivals.
Hull (away) WIN
It could be decided by this point but Manchester United will take three points regardless.
FINAL POSITION: 4th
Average points for 4th place over the last 10 years: 70.3