After Manchester United’s start to the Premier League campaign, many fans are already thinking that Europa League victory is the most probable route to Champions League qualification.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have picked up just five points in their opening four league games, the worst points total since the 1992-1993 season under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Reds faltered away at Southampton on Saturday, despite being handed a fantastic opportunity to win the game after Kevin Danso’s red card in the latter stages.
There’s a lot of negativity around Old Trafford so early on, which is to be expected given the continued poor results and a frustrating summer transfer windows where there were simply not enough incomings in key areas.
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However, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino still expects the Reds to finish in the top four this season despite the shaky start.
Speaking on Talksport, Cascarino said: “I think Manchester United will make the top four. I do.
“They’ll get better as the season goes on.
“I think Leicester will make the top six, but breaking in is a massive ask. And Everton will be a really good home team but I’m not sure they’ll pick up enough points on the road.
“It’ll be between Leicester and Arsenal for who will make the top six.
“I certainly don’t think Arsenal will make it [in the top four], I think Chelsea will finish above them.”
Cascarino has more confidence in the Reds than most United fans do at the moment. There is a real issue that a lack of creativity will be United’s downfall this season, after failing to sign a creative midfielder in the transfer window.
Solskjaer does not have a recognised goalscorer either, with Marcus Rashford yet to prove why he should lead the line.
Regrettably, I still expect Arsenal to finish ahead of United, simply due to their quality in their front three, but key injuries could derail their season.
Leicester meanwhile, are looking extremely promising and Brendan Rodgers is building a team more than capable of challenging the top six, despite losing their best defender Harry Maguire to United this summer.