Manchester United are a quality side, there’s no doubt about that. In fact, their quality was enough to see them walk away with the Premier League title last year without challenge from any of their divisional rivals. So the theory is that this quality will be enough for them to claw their way back to fourth spot come May time- they’re only currently six points off Liverpool, which is hardly a gap you’d say is beyond the Red Devils.
But their results thus far strongly suggest this won’t be the case. The Premier League champions haven’t actually been in the top five once this season, and regardless of performance, it’s incredibly telling that they’re yet to beat any side currently above them in the league standings apart from Arsenal.
No doubt, a series of easy fixtures on the horizon should see David Moyes’ side rack up a prominent points haul in the coming weeks and get back to their more traditional winning ways.
But unless the Old Trafford outfit can claim a victory against the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Spurs, in addition to the top three, their ultimate position in the table is unlikely to change -let’s not forget these sides are in decent form and will expect to keep their points tallies ticking over too.
At this moment in time, prior results from the first 24 games of the season suggest the Red Devils won’t even qualify for next season’s Europa tournament, let alone the Champions League.