Manchester United need to qualify for the Champions League

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Manchester United are struggling to find their form in the Premier League as they find themselves sitting seventh in the table, but can the Red Devils turn their season around and ultimately finish up in that all-important top four?

After the Premier League fixtures were announced in June, United fans looked ahead to what they thought would be a hugely successful campaign, however things haven't gone quite according to plan thus far.

Summer signings

The signings Louis van Gaal made in the summer were supposed to be title winning talents as the likes of Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera were brought in to strengthen the United squad.

However, things just haven't worked out. The Red Devils find themselves worse off than they were at this point last season under the newly appointed manager of Real Sociedad David Moyes.

The Scot had a considerably weaker side and also had the hindrance of European football to deal with, but still Moyes managed to pull better performances out of the bag than his successor Van Gaal. With all the talent the club invested in over the summer; that is just simply not acceptable.

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Nonetheless, performances haven't been too poor in certain games; the 1-1 draw with title favourites Chelsea showed that Van Gaal's side can battle it out against the best teams in the division.

However, the problems seem to be coming against the clubs towards the bottom end of the table. United have drawn to the likes of Burnley, Sunderland and West Brom, but if we compare the three aforementioned games, we will see that all these games were away from Old Trafford.

Home form 

This is where United seem to be struggling and it could well be the source of their downfall. At the Theatre of Dreams, United have been relatively strong; they have emerged victorious in four out of six home games - it's a situation they can pull positives from.

If the Red Devils fail to pick up their performances in their upcoming fixtures, they could yet again be looking at the possibility of no Champions League football for the following campaign.

This outcome would be disastrous for the club as a whole: profits would decline rapidly and their status as a behemoth in football would be hanging by a thread. However, United have had enough glimpses of magic this season to convince some that they will end up in the top four.

With Liverpool struggling as much as United to string a run of form together, that fourth spot is certainly up for grabs. We thing we can be sure of, it will be intriguing to see who fights their way to the most prestigious club tournament in world football: The Champions League.

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