Harry Redknapp states prediction about Man United’s season
Harry Redknapp believes Manchester United will probably miss out on top-four finish
Harry Redknapp says Manchester United will find it very difficult to finish in the Premier League’s top four.
The Red Devils are five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Southampton at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
Missing out on the Champions League next season would be a disaster for United and is likely to have a knock-on effect on who they can sign in the summer
United have a difficult run of fixtures in the English top-flight, with their next game against Stoke City at Old Trafford before making the trip to resurgent champions Chelsea.
Former Tottenham manager Redknapp doesn’t envisage Arsenal, Manchester City, Leicester City or Spurs relinquishing their place in the top four.
“Finishing in the top four is now going to be very difficult, surely a minimum target for Van Gaal and the United board at the start of the season,” Redknapp told Daily Telegraph.
“Leicester City just aren’t showing any signs of stopping, Arsenal and Manchester City are in there and you cannot rule Tottenham Hotspur out because they are really running into form and could even win the league.
“Missing out on the Champions League next season would be a disaster for United and is likely to have a knock-on effect on who they can sign in the summer. They made a mess of the Champions League this season anyway, failing to qualify from a group that I think they should have coasted through.”
Louis van Gaal led United to a fourth-place finish in his first season in charge at Old Trafford after he replaced David Moyes in May 2014.
The Red Devils haven’t won any silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson secured his 13th Premier League crown in 2013.
United face Championship side Derby County in their next game in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.