Man United still face challenge to finish in top four, says Glenn Hoddle
Glenn Hoddle reckons Manchester United could struggle to finish in top four
Manchester United are still facing a challenge to finish in the top four, according to Glenn Hoddle.
The Red Devils are in the top four and a point behind third-placed Southampton after an edgy 2-1 victory over Stoke City at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
My feeling is that it will still be very much nip and tuck for them at the end of this campaign
And former Chelsea manager Hoddle reckons the Red Devils are facing a tough battle to secure a place in the Champions League.
“There is a growing assumption that United will now make the top four, which probably was the key target for the club after dipping to seventh place last season, an unprecedented low in the modern era.
“My feeling is that it will still be very much nip and tuck for them at the end of this campaign; that they may well make the cut but they will just squeeze over the line rather than make it comfortably.
“In defence of Van Gaal, you have to allow for the extraordinary injury list with which he has had to cope. Even if he had his first-choice back four, we all would have pointed to the defence as a potential weakness. Being denied his best players and with constant chopping and changing, it is hardly surprising they have struggled in that area.”