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English Premier League 2018-19: Why Manchester United will finish in the top four

pramod rawat
ANALYST
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05 Feb 2019, 22:29 IST

Manchester United
Manchester United

Manchester United are considered to be one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League, with 20 league titles. The club had the reputation for playing in the champions league every year. Since the departure of legend Sir Alex Ferguson, the team has struggled. The club hasn't won the title since the 2012-13 season. In the last five seasons, the club has finished in the top four, only on two occasions.

In the current season, the team had a torrid time under coach Jose Mourinho and was languishing at sixth place, eleven points behind fourth-place Chelsea. The new coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had the prime target to regroup the divided dressing room. He also had the tough job to lit up the confidence of the star players like Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial. The team has hit the top form and is unbeaten in eight league games, since his arrival.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba

Though the team has moved only one position up but has closed down the big gap to only two points from fourth place, Chelsea. The team would expect the winning run to continue and finish in the top four, securing a position in next year's champions league.

The reason why will finish in the top four positions is that Manchester United is playing with the way team used to play under Sir Alex Ferguson. The team has a lot of confidence in themselves and winning the matches by big margins. The club has been ruthless against the opponents, scoring twenty goals in the last eight league games. In the process, the team has also won against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium, showing the world that they can beat anyone now.

The partnership between the attacking duo has been phenomenal
The partnership between the attacking duo has been phenomenal

The forwards, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford are in sublime form. Paul Pogba in midfield is looking in his prime form and proving the world why Manchester United bought him for the world record fee in 2016.

Another factor in their favour is the solidity in defence. The team has conceded the least number of goals, six in last eight games. Victor Lindelöf and Eric Bailly have found their mojo back and forming a strong backline. Nemanja Matić and Ander Herrera are playing brilliantly in the defensive midfielder role, breaking the attacks.

Another reason for their successful campaign would be the dismal form of Chelsea and Arsenal. Chelsea has lost against Bournemouth and Arsenal in January, failing to find a rhythm. Manchester City has recently beaten Arsenal 3-1 at Etihad Stadium, resulting in Arsenal moving to the sixth place.

Manchester United is due to play Chelsea and Arsenal in their remaining fixtures and winning those matches can make a significant impact in determining where Manchester United will finish at the end of the season.

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