It is top four or bust for Manchester United.
Alan Shearer has stated that Manchester United must qualify for the Champions League to save their season after exiting the FA Cup in the quarter-final stage against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Louis van Gaal’s men imploded in the second half to hand Arsenal a victory and the season now rests on whether or not the Man United boss can deliver on his top four target come the end of the season.
In fourth place, and only a point ahead of a resurgent Liverpool in fifth, Man United have a tough fixture list over the next month with games against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea forthcoming.
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“Manchester United’s main priority this season is finishing in the top four. If they don’t then it will be a catastrophe,” Shearer said on BBC Sport (via Mirror Football).
“They have spent a lot of money on players. There’s a hell of a lot more money that needs to be spent to get them anywhere near where they want to be.
“There isn’t another team in the Premier League that passes it back more than Manchester United.”
The quality of football has been poor from Van Gaal’s side and constant referral’s to his ‘philosophy’ has baffled fans further with no obvious illustration of what that philosophy entails.
Boasting a record of only three defeats in 23 games, Man United haven’t suffered too much, despite the lack invention in their play, but failure to deliver Champions League football would be a disaster.