Why Man United may not qualify for the Champions League


LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Ander Herrera of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

It was another frustrating draw and more injuries for Man United putting the club’s  Champions League qualification under threat.

While United boast of an unbeaten run in the Premier League since last year, the lesser number of matches won, especially at Old Trafford and the points dropped have overshadowed whatever positive effects the run would have had on Man United’s season.

United, among the favourites to win the Premier League title, were correctly put in that category, obviously due to the appointment of Jose Mourinho as well as the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.

But after a quarter of the season, United didn’t look like the team that has the firepower to remain a genuine contender in the league and struggles in other competitions too, though we won the EFL Cup.

And by half of the season, our return to the Champions League looked more like an imagination than a reality and it has apparently stayed like that since then.

Sunday’s draw against Swansea made it the 10th league match drawn at Old Trafford this season, and was made worse with both Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw substituted due to injuries, swelling the lists of injured of players.

United are fighting for a spot in the Champions League next season on two fronts- both in the Premier League and Europa League. But that is under threat now. Though we are currently a point off the fourth place and in the semi-final of the Europe secondary competition, we are in a fixed position presently.

With crucial matches ahead both in the league and in Europe, injuries  are not making things easy for United. Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Shaw and Bailly will not be available for Celta Vigo’s match on Thursday while Paul Pogba and Juan Mata are still doubts for the match.

Anything short of wins in the remaining matches of the two competitions would make United’s season a disappointed one.

 

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