Manchester United have rediscovered their excellent home form this season, and it may be key to qualifying for the Champions League.
Across the city, Manchester United are looking to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, which must be seen as the minimum objective for Louis van Gaal’s team.
Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has spoken to the Manchester Evening News about the Red Devils' chances this season and sees no reason why the 20-time Premier League champions can’t secure a place in the top four.
“Everybody is saying they don’t fancy Man United for the top four because they have to play all the top teams but, hold on a minute, Arsenal and City at home why shouldn’t we beat them at Old Trafford. It is an advantage for us," Robson said.
“The fans and players expect to beat the smaller clubs at home but the big teams you know can always give you a tough game. They can do that anywhere in the world but there is no reason why we can’t beat these sides.”
One of the biggest failures under David Moyes was United’s poor home record, losing seven out of 19 games. Old Trafford used to be a fortress, but they finished with the ninth best home record in England.
This season, although Van Gaal has had his critics, he has transformed United’s record at Old Trafford. In 15 games they have only lost twice compared to seven last campaign, giving the Dutchman the best home record in the Premier League.
If United can keep this home form up they will have a great chance of finishing in the top four and maybe even catching rivals Man City.
“The Spurs performance has put everybody back on the front foot,” said Robson. “Now we have got to go and have a really good performance at Liverpool. It is going to be tough but the lads have showed that against a top team like Spurs they can dominate.
“I hope Spurs was a breakthrough game for confidence. Some of the lads were previously giving the ball away cheaply. Against Spurs they weren’t. Hopefully the confidence has been boosted. You have to take advantage of that kind of result.”
United do have tough away trips to Liverpool and Chelsea, but they will be confident of winning their last four home games, even if do include tests against City and Arsenal.
Finishing in the top four has to be the minimum aim, but with their excellent home record they should have ambitions to look higher, even overtaking Pellegrini’s side in second place.