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Is a Top Four Finish Back On?

Following 4 wins on the bounce, including 3 in the Premier League, confidence is high and the boys are playing well.

Jose is starting to look like the manager that we have all been waiting for since May 2013 when Sir Alex signed off with yet another league title.

The win at West Brom was not just another 3 points, but a dominant and stylish performance too. Albion never had a look in, and if it had finished with a 4 or 5 nil scoreline, that wouldn’t have flattered us.

I have to agree with Jose, that for all those draws, we were the better team by miles in every case, and simply had no luck whatsoever.

It’s going to be a real battle to the end of the season for those top 4 spots, and from what we’ve seen these past few weeks, United will be right in there battling for one of those places.

Realistically, we won’t catch Chelsea, who are starting to look very much like a team that can go on and win it this year. City, despite their comeback this afternoon against Arsenal, are looking extremely vulnerable, and if Leicester can score 4 against them then anything could happen between now and May. The Gunners generally falter, as they did in the second half today, where they looked more like Aldershot than Arsenal. Spurs don’t look quite the same as last season, and Liverpool leak goals week in, week out, so it’s all up for grabs, and United could well be right up there on New Year’s day with upcoming home games against Sunderland and Boro, where we should comfortably collect 6 points.

Mourinho deserves a lot of credit, as not many United fans would have backed Jones and Rojo to have been so solid at the back, whilst Valencia has been superb, Carrick must be the most underrated player in the game, and Herrera has been tremendous.

Overall, perhaps with the exceptions of Martial and Rashford, Jose has made his players better than they were last season, and if those 2 can show patience, he will  undoubtedly make them better players too.

The first goal yesterday was one of pure beauty; the ball down the line from Valencia, Lingard’s pace and that first-time half-volley cross was superb for Ibra to do what he does best – get on the end of it and put in the back of the net.

Finally, Pogba is beginning to control games as one would expect of him, and frankly it’s only a matter of time before he cements his position as the best midfielder playing the game worldwide.

The feel-good factor is coming back at United. Jose is doing his job, and anyone who would bet against United winning major trophies under his reign in the very near future has more money than sense.

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Mike

I follow United with great passion and have been known to fly from LA to Manchester just for the game, and fly back home the next day. I still have season seats in the South Stand, and these tickets have been in my family for close to 100 years.

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