Speaking last night, Manchester United’s £37.1m January transfer window signing Juan Mata said of the situation:
“The objective is to get to the Champions League spots. It’s difficult because Liverpool are doing well, so are Arsenal, as well as Tottenham and Everton, who are all clubs also fighting for them, but I think we have a team who can do it.”
There is no doubt that Manchester United are looked upon as one of the biggest clubs in the world, therefore a European campaign which doesn’t include the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ seems surreal.
Ahead of Barcelona’s trip to Manchester to face United’s noisy neighbours City, much of the talk has been about Manchester United.
Spanish international defender Gerard Pique said that the Red Devils have always been England’s best club, whereas Dani Alves went further and admitted he thought up until five years ago that Manchester only had one club – and they certainly didn’t play in blue.
The support and knowledge of United’s position as one of the world’s leading clubs has been overwhelming, the reality however reads a situation reflecting anything but that.
Manchester United find themselves in an unthinkable seventh spot and on a run of two wins from the past seven Premier League fixtures. The gap between them and rivals Liverpool is now a massive 11 points – a gap which appears too big to claw back with just 12 games remaining.
Of the remaining 12 games, United simply have to win at least ten to give them a shot – including all three points in the big six pointers over Merseyside duo Liverpool and Everton.
Will Manchester United embark on an incredible run and claim a top four spot?
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