This week could determine whether we can still have serious hopes of getting top four. Two massive games will take place – one on Merseyside – which will have a massive effect on the race for top 4.
I don’t ever remember wanting Citeh to win quite as badly as I will on Sunday March 1st at Liverpool. I sincerely believe that, should Liverpool beat City, it will be the end of the two Manchester clubs’ dreams – United will finish out of the top 4 and Chelsea will be crowned champions.
Should Citeh win, and assuming we manage to beat Sunderland, the other game that could have huge consequences is Liverpool’s trip to Istanbul tomorrow to play Besiktas. Should they get through to the next round, Liverpool will have to play a Europa League game, hopefully away, on March 19th (just 3 days before facing United at Anfield). That’s a game we most certainly cannot afford to lose if we still have any aspirations for that 4th spot.
I do find it quite astonishing that we are having these conversations, as I believe that the majority of us felt at the turn of the year when the injury crisis seemed to be over that we would march on and most likely finish 3rd, and quite comfortably qualify for next year’s Champions League. The reality is that since Van Gaal has had a 99% fit squad to select from, the tinkering and the football has just got worse and worse.
Back in December, he said he thought we could still win the league this season, but Stan Collymore now reckons United will fail to finish in the top 4, and feels that Liverpool will gain that 4th spot. He said that 4 weeks ago he would never have said that, but having watched the way both teams have performed over these last 4 weeks, unless United have a drastic change of form, he cannot see us getting more than 2 points from the games against Liverpool, Citeh, Chelsea and Spurs, which will in effect push us tumbling down the table.
Collymore was asked if he thought United would sack LVG if we fail to get that 4th spot. He said no, claiming that after the stability of Ferguson and then the quick firing of Moyes, United wouldn’t want to be seen as a triggerr-happy club in the mould of Chelsea, City or Real Madrid. Hello! These teams are dominating right now, so if that model of removing under-performing managers was so misguided, why are these 3 clubs, along with Bayern and Barca, the most likely teams to win their domestic leagues? And surely the Champions League winner will come from one of these 5 teams.
Gary Neville may think we should not sack Van Gaal whatever happens. But in my view, failing to get top 4 is inexcusable – if that happens, it should only mean one thing: LVG OUT.
In January, after the game against QPR, we asked “Have you lost faith in Van Gaal?” 56% of you said yes. Now, we’re asking you this: