After struggling in the new season under new boss, David Moyes, Manchester United have been dealt a further blow right before the most crucial part of the campaign, Christmas.
Most teams in the past 10 years that have been at the top of the table on Christmas Day have won the prestigious Premier League title. They should know that themselves.
Their squad has not changed much from the one that lifted the trophy last term but they simply don’t look capable of winning it again this time round, maybe it was Fergie that made it possible before but that Scot has gone and been replaced by the new one, Moyes. And he has struggled to adapt to life at Old Trafford but deserves a transition time and critics aren't allowing that.
Robin van Persie has not been in the inspired form of last season and that is starting to show with United struggling to find form and are sitting in a disappointing eighth place.
Van Persie has shown some great football but he is now injured for about a month and the busy Christmas period could be tough. A lot of pressure has been put on Wayne Rooney who has been in the best form for a few seasons and seems to have been boosted with old boss Moyes’ arrival.
They were looking like there old self a few weeks ago but then shocked the football world by losing 1-0 to Everton and Newcastle – both at home – and plummeted down the table once more.
However, they have shown some revival lately with wins against Shakhtar Donetsk, Aston Villa and West Ham and they have deserved each of those points! And have been given a decent draw in the UEFA Champions League; getting Olympiakos – though I’m not saying it will be easy.
The big question, however, is can they turn it around? Yes. I think they will improve and probably get into the Champions League place, certainly a Europa League place.
However, there are seven teams above them and each of those could get into the top four but Manchester United will rely on Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal to slip up in order to seal a place in the top four.
Lifting the trophy is out of the question for them because they are too far away and though they are only eight points from the summit, there are seven teams above them so they need to not only play fantastic themselves but for those seven teams to drop points.
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