Uninspiring, disjointed, shambolic, dull. Those are a few of the names that have been given to Louis van Gaal's players this season and it has been just that, for the majority.
There was still saw some exciting interplay on display when Manchester United secured a vital win over Everton at Old Trafford, but the win was far sweeter than the performance on the day. So with seven games to go and just a point separating themselves and Manchester City, can they secure the minimum target of a Champions League place?
First of all let's get one thing straight, that win over the Toffees was a crucial and, even though the performance wasn't great, it was an impressive win. Everton have now only been beaten by United and third-placed Arsenal when on their travels this campaign and are a far cry from the team that has picked up only 16 points from the same amount of home games this time round.
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The most important part about Sunday though was the fact that United followed up that win at the Etihad Stadium in the Manchester Derby.
United, since January, have struggled to follow up these good results/performances by normally getting beat the week after and effectively rendering the work done previously as pointless ironically.
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Great performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, beaten away at Sunderland the following week. Great win at against Liverpool at Anfield, beaten at home to Saints in the next game. Beat Arsenal in a game everyone expected them to win, a week later, losing to West Brom at The Hawthorns.
So the fact United backed up their win over City with a win against Everton does prove that they can secure a top-four finish.
With positive results against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, it could be a benefit that United face another tricky test this weekend in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur, at White Hart Lane.
United ran out victors against Spurs, although a different proposition, on the opening day of the season.
United picked up 21 points from a possible 36 last season against teams in the top seven and nobody in the top seven bettered that last campaign.
They've currently picked up 15 points from the current top seven and still have three of them left to play including, Leicester City (Home), West Ham United (Away) and the game against Spurs this weekend, so the omens are good as far as Louis van Gaal's record goes, and with that in mind, maybe the Dutchman can go on and save his job with an end-of-season run.
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