After a somewhat shaky start to this year’s Premier League season, questions are being raised as to whether or not Manchester United, the current champions, will claim a top four position let alone regain the title this season.
United currently sit seventh in the table after a 2-2 draw with Fulham in their most recent game. They are 15 points off of the leaders and nine away from the top four.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports News, United midfielder Darren Fletcher said that he believes they are more than capable of securing a Champions League spot this year.
Fletcher said: "As I keep saying let's finish the season strongly, get in the Champions League - we're still in the Champions League this season as well and our form has been fantastic - and let's carry that through to next season."
You can’t help but question where it is all going wrong. Some would say it’s the manager, others the players, or maybe even the state of the club itself. When you look at the situation that David Moyes was put into, you cannot help but feel sorry for him.
Moyes was asked to replace, most people would say, the greatest British football manager of all time after twenty six and a half year in charge. Can you blame him for feeling the pressure?
Some of Moyes’ failure could possibly be justified as it may be said that Ferguson may not have left the club with many players ready to step up and win a title, just veterans who are, after legendary careers, ready to step down, along with an array of young talent that is just not ready for a world-class level of football just yet.
Moyes has had summer and January transfer windows to bring in players which he has done, but are they the right players? The additions of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata on paper were seen as season-changing, but Moyes has not allowed Fellaini to play the way that he did at Everton, and Mata is making a noticeable impact but the changes cannot stop there.
Manchester United have been, and have the potential to still be, a world class team and need to keep up a tradition of having world class players in order to continue achieving success. Will they finish in the top four this season? Only time will tell.
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