At the beginning of the season many would have tipped Manchester United to be challenging for the Premier League title, but they failed to keep up with Manchester City’s pace.
Pep Guardiola’s side are a mammoth 16 points ahead of their neighbours and could potentially secure the title with a win over United at the Etihad Stadium in two games’ time.
For United, expectations have not been met and as a result, manager Jose Mourinho has come under fire from supporters.
A major disappointment was the club’s exit from the Champions League as they were ousted across two legs by Sevilla in the last-16 stage.
Since then, Mourinho has unleashed a number of outbursts in front of the media, and once again, left-back Luke Shaw has been at the centre of his criticism.
The club’s only chance of silverware this season is to win the FA Cup, and they will take on Tottenham Hotspur for a place in the final.
Former United captain Gary Neville has discussed the situation surrounding the Red Devils, and even though he thinks that winning the FA Cup would be positive for the club, he has claimed that they should be achieving much more.
In his Class of ’92 Diary for Sky Sports, Neville said:
“The FA Cup will really help the club this season. If you’d have asked me at the start of the season whether second place and the FA Cup would be a successful season I would have said no, because the league had to be the priority. However, now looking at where they are at, it would absolutely be a progression from previous seasons, but ultimately be below where it needs to be.”