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Ex-Manchester United star: Top-four finish not acceptable for Red Devils

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher claims another top-four finish will not be acceptable for his old club next season and they must challenge for the title.

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The West Bromwich Albion star, who came up against the Red Devils in his side’s surprise 1-0 triumph at Old Trafford at the weekend, believes the three-time European Cup winners’ high standards demand an improvement in 2015-16.

The Manchester Evening News reports that Fletcher, who spent 12 years on the red side of Manchester prior to his free transfer switch to the Baggies, did not mince his words when asked about the fortunes of Louis van Gaal’s team.

He said: “Any United side talking about accepting the top four is just not good enough.”

United looked on course for a second-place finish until their good run of form hit a brick wall, and the loss to West Brom condemned them to a third successive defeat.

They went down 1-0 at Chelsea, 3-0 against Everton at Goodison Park and then drew another blank at the weekend, meaning they went three top-flight matches without a goal or a point for the first time in 26 years.

Van Gaal’s men remain strong favourites to finish in the top four, but they find themselves five points behind rivals Man City in second, with three games remaining.

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