Five players who could help Manchester United finish in the top-four

Five players who could help Manchester United finish in the top-four

Manchester United could finish outside the Premier League top-four this season, given the situation they currently find themselves in as a result of poor finishing.

United had a run of decent games to close in on third-placed Chelsea but blew that off, which has subsequently put their top-four hopes hanging by a thread.

Manchester United failed to get all three points off the likes of Burnley, Southampton, Watford, which, if these games ended as planned, would have kept them three or four points behind Chelsea, who currently have 56 points from 27 matches.

With Arsenal now occupying the 4th position with 48 points, one point ahead of United, who have played three games more, it is surely looking like Man United are no longer the favourites to finish 4th.

However, with 10 matches left for Manchester United, The Red Devils could still finish in the first four places if they avoid dropping points and these five players below could play huge roles in that.

Harry Maguire

Maguire has not been at his best this season, which has led to widespread criticism from football pundits and Manchester United fans. Fans have since urged Ralf Rangnick to drop the England international but the German boss has since refused to heed their demand.

Harry Maguire has been poor this season but still has a chance to help Manchester United finish strong
Harry Maguire has been poor this season but still has a chance to help Manchester United finish strong

While it is becoming inevitable that no matter how horrifying Maguire plays, he always starts at the back. With that in mind, the former Leicester City defender could win his fans back if he could somehow rediscover his last season’s performance.

Maguire played every league game last season and his impact helped Manchester United finish second in the league. If we could get that Maguire back ahead of our crucial run of games, WE COULD HAVE A CHANCE.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo’s performances this year show that one can’t cheat nature and can’t get off the hook. He is 37 and despite claiming he feels younger and lighter and urges people not to focus on his age, his performances on the pitch do not add up.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been horrifying this year, missing several sitters
Cristiano Ronaldo has been horrifying this year, missing several sitters

Cristiano Ronaldo has missed several sitters, which could have helped United win the likes of Burnley, Watford and Southampton. Our chances of finishing in the top-four would be improved if Ronaldo, who is likely to start in United’s upcoming league games, somehow starts firing again, as he did in the first half of the season. He has scored one goal in ten matches – too bad for a player as colossal as Ronaldo.

Paul Pogba

After the France star returned to action from a long-term muscle injury, Pogba put out three masterclass performances in a row. But his performances in his last three games [Atletico Madrid, Watford and Man City] have been poor, next to nothing.

Paul Pogba needs to improve his games ahead of Manchester United's crucial run of games
Paul Pogba needs to improve his games ahead of Manchester United’s crucial run of games

The 28-year-old midfielder is touted as a world-class midfielder and while he is expected to start more in United’s upcoming fixtures, thanks to his qualities, Manchester United need him more than ever to consistently perform at his best.

Marcus Rashford

The England international was a joy to watch the last few seasons, thanks to his goals and assists and most notably, the quality he brings to the team.

However, this season, he is one of United’s worse performers. The absence of Mason Greenwood was supposed to help him rediscover his form but somehow, he fell behind.

Marcus Rashford has been dire this season but could still play a big told in United's quest to finish top-four
Marcus Rashford has been dire this season but could still play a big told in United’s quest to finish top-four

His last goal came against West Ham in January and he was a second-half substitute. Afterwards, the 24-year-old has rarely put out any noteworthy moments and has started more on the bench, with Rangnick preferring Anthony Elanga.

In Rashford, there are double digits of goals and assists and he has ten league games left to hit the stride. Manchester United’s chances of finishing in the top-four would rise massively if they somehow help Rashford to rediscover his last season’s form.

Raphael Varane

The France star missed last weekend’s game due to COVID-19. And he is likely to miss this weekend’s clash against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Varane is one of the best defenders in the world but has missed a few matches at United due to injury issues and illness. Should we have the Frenchman fit throughout the remainder of the season, the top-four prize could be ours.

Raphael Varane has missed a few games due to injury issues
Raphael Varane has missed a few games due to injury issues

However, all of this depends on Manchester United’s top-four rivals, most especially, Arsenal and Tottenham. Both London teams will have to drop points if Man United’s wins were to count.

United will face Spurs on Saturday, a chance to extend the gap ahead of Antonio Conte’s men. And still have a game against Arsenal at Emirates. That clash could decide which team joins the likes of Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea to the Champions League next season.