Could United be tempted to change their manager AGAIN if they don’t reach their targets?
Roy Keane has claimed that Louis van Gaal needs at least two or three years to rebuild the Manchester United squad but says it would be a disaster if they didn’t finish in the top four this season.
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United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal at Old Trafford, a result which effectively ended any hope they had for silverware.
The Red Devils will now be hoping to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2013 by finishing in the top four this season but will face some tricky away fixtures to both Chelsea and Liverpool whilst also having to deal with the visits of Man City and Chelsea before the season’s end.
“Van Gaal is going to get criticised, you’d expect that,” said RoyKeane, reports BBC. “Give the man a chance – two or three years.”
“A lot of fans don’t quite understand how to run a football club as big as Manchester United.
“They should have given David Moyes more time but didn’t. What are they going to do? Chop and change again? Van Gaal has been in the door two minutes. It takes time. It’s literally a rebuilding job.
“It would be a disaster [if United don’t finish in top four]. The big problem with people at the club and ex-players is they keep looking back comparing teams from 10 years ago. They have got to look forward. Focus on the players, focus on the manager… get right behind him. I still think they have enough to get in that top four.”
The lack of distraction in cup competitions could count in United’s favour as they hunt one of the Champions League places on offer to the top four in the Premier League.
However, they face stiff competition from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton and you’d figure if they failed to secure qualification for a second straight season, serious questions would have to be asked of the club’s hierarchy.