With eighteen Premier League matches left in the season, Manchester United trail league leading Arsenal by eleven points and are five points behind Liverpool in the race for the BPL’s final Champions League spot; United would actually need to finish higher than their North West rival because Liverpool currently hold an advantage in goal difference.
The momentum United had built over the past few weeks was abruptly halted by Tottenham on New Year’s Day when Spurs were able to leave Old Trafford with a 2-1 victory; thus ending United’s six match winning streak in all competitions.
With that loss, United’s hopes of regaining their league title have all but vanished.As quickly as United had regained their ‘spirit’, the club was quickly slapped back to reality by Spurs and were reminded that time is slowly ticking away on their Premier League season.
United are failing with their title defense while also engaging in a three-team dogfight with Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham for the league’s final Champions League position; United trail third place Chelsea by nine points.
The club is staring at the possibility of missing out on Europe altogether next season.
Missing out on the Champions League won’t sit well with Manchester United supporters or anyone involved at the club. A section of fans have been voicing their opinions on social media platforms and the consensus is that United have to bring in reinforcements during the January transfer window in order to save this season.
In October 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson was asked about Manchester United’s early form and the legendary manager had this to say in regards to David Moyes’ first season in charge: “For David, winning a trophy would be a fantastic achievement no matter what it is – the League Cup, FA Cup, European Cup or Premier League.” He went on to discuss how difficult it is to compete in all of these competitions before reiterating that winning a cup would be a massive achievement for the club under Moyes.
That’s why Manchester United’s next two fixtures at home to Swansea City and away at Sunderland could be the defining points of their season.
With the Premier League title race all but over (yes, they still have a mathematical chance…), should United lose to Swansea City on Sunday, they would be knocked out of the FA Cup and a second trophy would be crossed off the club’s list.
Two days later, Manchester United travel to the Stadium of Light for the first leg of the League Cup against Sunderland. If United were to lose that match, they would have to beat the Black Cats at Old Trafford; and as United supporters have seen this year, a win at Old Trafford is no longer a ‘guarantee’.