What do Manchester United need to do to be title contenders?

Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United side are truly finding their form in the Premier League. They have won their last six league games and are comfortably in third spot, one place and four points ahead rivals Manchester City.

But they won’t be running away with the title just yet. There is plenty to be done before they will be title contenders.

Firstly, Manchester United need to keep a firm grip on their world class goalkeeper David de Gea. He has made a huge improvement this season, and a massive difference for his side under Louis Van Gaal. Securing Champions League football will make it easier to keep him, with Real Madrid rumoured to be interesting him bringing back to Spain.

With the back line being hit with plenty of injuries this season, it makes sense to add to it. United have been linked with the likes of Dani Alves, Mats Hummels and Nathaniel Clyne. If moves are going to be made, it should be for Mats Hummels. He’s a World Cup winner and his fierce loyalty to Borussia Dortmund will only last so long.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones may be doing well as a centre-back partnership, but if United make the Champions League then there must be room for rotation. You also cannot underestimate the impact Marcos Rojo has had on his debut season, which suggests Jonny Evans could be on his way out of the Old Trafford door this summer.

Up top, decisions need to be made as soon as possible. The future of both Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao are uncertain at present. Falcao’s time at Manchester United is seemingly running out, as he has just four goals to his name this season. At the time of his loan move, the price for a permanent move was quoted at £43million, which is a high price for an underachieving forward.

Robin Van Persie’s season under Van Gaal has been underwhelming. He is out of form, but he is still United’s second highest goal scorer for the season. Realistically, the Dutchman has just a few years left of playing at the highest level – but will they be elsewhere?

The Red Devils need to invest in a young, prolific, goalscoring goalscorer. Though any links with Edinson Cavani need to be nipped in the bud. He is the most expensive signing in French football history, and PSG will not let him go cheap. United themselves could put more faith in James Wilson, whose pace has been highly praised this season, and it won’t cost a thing to use him more. Either way, United need more goals to challenge for the title next year.

Louis Van Gaal’s philosophy is clearly working at Manchester United. After a slow start, we’re beginning to see the fruits of his labour, with far better performances  now than at the beginning of the season – their recent convincing victories over Tottenham, Liverpool and rivals Man City are evidence of that.

The side are good, and playing well, but tweaks should be made ahead of next season. Lifting the Premier League title will be top of Van Gaal’s list next term.