Louis van Gaal had been aiming for a title challenge…
Respected pundit Gary Neville has claimed that finishing fourth would be a success for Manchester United this season while on Sky Sports.
The Red Devils failed to have a single shot on target against Southampton in their 1-0 defeat on Sunday have manager Louis van Gaal has been criticised by fans and the press alike. It has also made the Dutchman’s earlier claims that they were attempting to enter the title race look slightly hasty as they have now dropped in to fourth place and are twelve points off league leaders Chelsea.
The failure to gain any points also means that the 63-year-old is interestingly on the same amount of points as David Moyes was at the same time last season, 37. However, Neville thinks that after the turmoil caused by the Scot’s appointment and sacking in the last campaign, just finishing in the Champions League qualification places would be a success this time around.
“At this point under Moyes they were in seventh, and this time they are fourth at the moment,” said Neville on Super Sunday. “So all United have to do this season to achieve success – and it seems like a crazy statement considering they won the league two years ago – is get Champions League football.
He added, “It is a stepping-stone season. From where they were last season, which was a terrible season, this season to get in the Champions League would be a step in the right direction. Then they can build from that.”