Gary Neville believes that his former club Manchester United will finish third in the Premier League next season...which will not necessarily be a bad thing.
For a time the thought of United finishing outside the top two was one their fans simply refused to contemplate. And yet fresh off the back of a seventh-place finish last time out, Neville believes third would actually be a success.
The England coach took to Twitter to use a golfing analogy when speaking about United under van Gaal.
He explained that under Sir Alex Ferguson, finishing as champions was equivalent to a achieving par in golf. Considering van Gaal is in his first season, Neville feels that par for him would be finishing fourth, thus returning to the Champions League, but that he would go on to finish third, or what Neville called a "birdie", one under par.
Some United fans will expect van Gaal to immediatly turn the club back into champions, And the Dutchman will be hoping to do just that. But the rebuilding job at Old Trafford is a big one, and if he can guide them back into the European elite at the first attempt, it will be far from a failure.
If under SAF Par was 1st is this fair for LVG year 1? I do.. 1st Albatross 2nd Eagle 3rd Birdie 4th Par 5th Bogey 6th Double Bogey— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 16, 2014
I actually think we will finish 3rd ( Birdie for those that are referring to the last tweet)— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 16, 2014