It’s been a funny old season at Manchester United.
They have been written off for much of the campaign for their lacklustre performances and there has been speculation surrounding manager Louis van Gaal for months.
However, the Red Devils sit just one point behind Manchester City in fourth whilst they’re one replay away from an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
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It’s still unclear whether United fans can consider this season as a successful one or not. A top four finish and an FA Cup victory would satisfy everyone at the club.
A top four finish and an FA Cup victory would satisfy everyone at the club.
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Finish outside the top four and miss out on an FA Cup win and it would be a very underwhelming campaign.
Only one player has performed
Despite Van Gaal spending £250 million whilst at the helm, Former United favourite Teddy Sheringham believes that only one player has done themselves justice this season - something that the Dutch boss must take responsibility for.
“You have to look at who has played well for Manchester United. Van Gaal’s job is to make the players play to the best of their capabilities,” he told Squawka.
“David De Gea is probably the only one performing to his potential, and that’s not good for a football club that your goalkeeper is the only one doing that. It has to mean you are doing something wrong.”
Sheringham spent four seasons at Old Trafford, scoring 46 goals in all competitions.
Whilst at the club he lifted three Premier League trophies, an FA Cup, while he’ll always be remembered for his injury-time equaliser in the 1999 Champions League final which was followed up by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winner just two minutes later.
The importance of the Champions League
Failure to qualify for the Champions League during Sheringham’s time at United was unimaginable and the former striker insists it’s vital his former club qualify for next season’s competition.
“It’s very important for Manchester United to be playing in the Champions League,” Sheringham added.
“If they don’t, then they won’t attract the top players and the club will demise very quickly.
“You have to keep moving forward in football and United must be playing in the Champions League,” he added.
Mourinho the man
Whilst Sheringham’s side didn’t need to worry about qualifying for the Champions League each season, they also didn’t have to deal with any speculation surrounding their manager.
Sir Alex Ferguson spent 26 years in charge at Old Trafford and there was never any rumours linking him with the sack.
But since his departure, United have already dismissed David Moyes and appear set to let Van Gaal leave at the end of the season.
And Sheringham insists that Jose Mourinho, who has been linked with the job since his departure from Chelsea in December, is the man to take United forward.
“There’s an awful lot of talk about Mourinho going there and I wouldn’t be averse to that,” he said.
“He has the belief that he deserves to be Manchester United manager and that’s a big part of the United job.”