Manchester United might have come into the campaign hoping to challenge for the Premier League title, having signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton in the summer but it is safe to say that things have not gone their way. Instead, the Red Devils find themselves in a tough race to even finish in the top four this season, with Chelsea, West Ham United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves in the running as well.
While Manchester United have seemed like a difficult team to beat since the arrival of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager but at the same time, they are not getting enough wins of their own either.
Thus, it is safe to say that the club need to step their game up if they are to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.
Jamie Carragher believes that the fact that they are still in the Champions League could end up having an impact on their top four chances and he did not seem too impressed with their form either. As reported by the Mirror, he told Sky Sports:
"“You think about how long Manchester United will be in the Champions League, that could play a part. It feels like it will go to the wire.“I think it will go all the way to the end. Arsenal, do they have enough forwards? Spurs look to be in trouble.“Right now I’d think you’d take them out of it. Wolves look [like] a really good team.“Man United, scoring goals is the hardest thing. They are really struggling for any sort of continuity. They seem to be lacking confidence, belief and a system that works for them.”"
Can Manchester United finish in the top four of the Premier League?
It goes without saying that the Premier League top four race is tight. Manchester City and Liverpool almost look certain to finish there unless something unexpected happens but there are six teams competing for the remaining two spots.
Considering the squad that they have, one would back Manchester United to get it done in the business end of the season.
But at the same time, their performances have not shown enough to suggest that they will step up when the situation calls for it. It has been a stop-start season for Manchester United without any consistency. And if they are to finish in the top four, that is the first thing they need to find.