Former United man Markus Neumayr discusses his old club’s top four chances and the ongoing managerial speculation at Old Trafford.
Markus, who was at United between 2003 and 2006 and now plays his football in Switzerland believes recent results have given the team a very good chance of finishing in the top four: “The recent form has been good and United have grabbed two wins out of two difficult games. Nobody expected the results against Manchester City and Everton so now they have to push for third place.
“Looking at the upcoming fixtures against ‘weaker’ sides they will hopefully be able to secure Champions League football for next season. The chances of them doing that are very good and now they just need to win the games against teams like Villa, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and West Ham.”
Markus has been surprised that Louis Van Gaal has struggled to bring the consistency that he was renowned for at his previous clubs: “I’m surprised that Van Gaal hasn’t managed to establish the consistency that was one of his biggest strengths in the past. He has spent a lot of money but the end results aren’t what anyone expected at all.
“With all the rumours of Mourinho taking over in the summer it’s a difficult situation to deal with, especially for him. For me it’s essential that it gets resolved so the players know what their future will be.”
Markus now plays for FC Luzern in the Swiss Super League and is hopeful of a strong end to the season: “We’ve faced a lot of problems over the last couple of months but we’ve managed to turn things around.
“We’ve taken seven points from the last three games and now face Grasshoppers away which will be a decisive game for us. It will decide whether we can push for third place or have to fight for fourth. Both would get us into the Europa League which would be a very good result for the club.”