Peter Schmeichel: Man Utd must prioritise top-four finish over style

Peter Schmeichel doesn't feel Manchester United should panic in the race for Champions League spot

By Dipak Patel

Peter Schmeichel says Manchester United must prioritise securing a top-four finish over developing an attractive style of play this season.

Swansea City completed the league double over United after a 2-1 at Liberty Stadium on Saturday thanks to goals from Ki Sung-yueng and Bafetimbi Gomis.

We are still in the Champions League places, and if we can stay there, it’ll be a relatively successful season

Peter Schmeichel

Instead of gaining ground on second-placed Manchester City, the defeat relegated United down to fourth position in the table, but Schmeichel feels there is no need to panic just yet.

“I think after last season, we should be happy to be back in the top four to begin with. As long as I see progress, I’m patient enough to wait for the style of play to come as well,” said Schmeichel on Sky Sports News.

“Results wise, we’ve done quite well. Losing to Swansea again wasn’t nice, but that happens in football. We are picking up points in more games than we were last season.

“We are still in the Champions League places, and if we can stay there, it’ll be a relatively successful season.”

United’s away form has hindered their Champions League ambitions and they have only picked up 16 points out of a possible 47.

If they secure a top-four finish, it will largely be down to their home form, where they have only lost two games and have collected 31 points.

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