Richard Keys: If Manchester United aren't top after six games, there'll be questions

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The football presenter has ramped up the pressure on Louis van Gaal.

Richard Keys believes Manchester United will have underachieved if they are not top of the Premier League after six games.

The football presenter thinks United's opening fixtures of the league season are far more favourable compared to their opening six last term - and has set them a minimum target of 16 points in that time.

That would mean at least five wins and a draw, ramping up the pressure on new boss Louis van Gaal - especially now that he has lost his first game of the season

United finished seventh in the top flight last term, meaning they didn't qualify for any European competitions.

This time around, Van Gaal's side began their Premier League campaign at home to Swansea City with a 2-1 defeat, before they travel to Sunderland and Burnley.

Man United then host Queens Park Rangers and travel to Leicester City, before facing West Ham United at Old Trafford.

By contrast, after their opener against Swansea last term, David Moyes' United side hosted Chelsea and traveled to Liverpool and Manchester City in their opening few fixtures.

Needless to say, the tough start piled the pressure on Moyes, who managed a 0-0 draw with Jose Mourinho's Blues but fell to defeat at Anfield and was beaten 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

United fans will hope for far better this term - and Keys expects it as a minimum. Their showing against Swansea would not exactly breed hope, however.

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