A win over Fulham on Saturday will put Manchester United into the Premier League top four for the first time since the opening day of the season.
The Reds were below par throughout the first half of the campaign, which led to José Mourinho getting sacked, but caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned things around.
United were 11 points off fourth place when Solskjaer took over from Mourinho. A month later and that gap has been cut to 2 points, with the former United striker winning nine out of 10 games in all competitions and he remains unbeaten.
This has been a remarkable turnaround but Solskjaer is still in the honeymoon period. We should have a better idea about whether he has earned the job on a full-time basis by the end of March or the beginning of April, as Gary Neville alluded to, reported by the Manchester Evening News.
We have already seen a drastic change in the manner United approach games regardless of opposition. Coming away from Arsenal and Tottenham with wins in quick succession proved Solskjaer is no pushover tactically as he beat two managers with superior managerial experience in Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Person has given his verdict on United’s trip to Craven Cottage and has predicted that the Reds will get the win they need to elbow their way into the top four.
“I can’t see anything other than a Manchester United win, they will have too much for Fulham,” said Merson, as per Sky Sports.
“I think Fulham will score, but it is at the back that they look all over the place.
“There will be goals in the game, but it will be another three points for United.”
There are no guarantees United will stay in the top four over the week, although Chelsea face a tricky trip to title challengers Manchester City.
Merson also fancies City to beat Chelsea, predicting a 3-1 score line in favour of Pep Guardiola’s side.
The battle between now and the end of the season will be won on consistency and so far that hasn’t been an issue under Solskjaer.