Former United full-back Alex Forsyth believes that the club can still finish in the top four if they put a run together between now and the end of the season.
Alex, who made 119 appearances for the Red Devils between 1973 and 1977 points to the fact that the teams currently in the Premier League’s top four have been quite inconsistent so far this season which could still give Louis Van Gaal’s side a chance to qualify for next season’s Champions League: “All the teams at the top have been up and down, so if United can get a run together they’re still in with a chance and I think they can definitely still make the top four because they’ve got the players to do it. The manager just needs to get them all playing together and that could save him his job.
“They just need to believe in themselves, they’ve lost a lot of confidence which is something that goes a long way.”
Donald Love made his debut in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland and Alex is pleased to see the young Scotsman progress into the United first team: “It’s great, the last Scottish player we had was Darren Fletcher and it’s good to see young boys from north of the border getting a chance in the first team. When I was at United we had a lot of Scottish players, particularly in defence where we had myself, Martin Buchan and Stewart Houston.
“It’s nice to see a young Scottish full-back come in and I hope he does well and is there for a while. I watched the under-21s game against Manchester City last week and hopefully some of those players can progress into the first team rather than the club spending a lot of money bringing players in.”
Nicky Butt has recently been announced as the new head of United’s academy, news that Alex welcomes: “It’s good news, he’s been a great player for the club and hopefully he can use his experience to help the boys coming through. He knows the club inside out so hopefully it will be a good thing for United.”
Asked whether he thinks Louis Van Gaal is the right man for the United job Alex says: “Right now I would say no but I think he’s got to finish this season. I don’t think they’ll do anything until the end of the season, if he gets the team into the top four then he might still have a job but if he doesn’t then he probably won’t be there much longer.
“It’s a shame because you can see by the way that he talks to the media that he’s lost confidence. Everybody at the club seems to have lost confidence, the supporters, the players, the manager and they all need to get it back.”