Time to kick on.
So the premier league season is now 10 games old. United have 13 points from those 10 games and sit tenth in the league in amongst West Brom, Liverpool and Everton. Whilst we could go on about how that is not acceptable and how much money has been spent, etc, I feel that has been covered quite enough this season. Now the biggest test of the season so far is behind United, Chelsea and City back to back, I am keen to look forward. The fixture list in the run up to and including Christmas is looking kind for the reds. Whilst I accept the squad limps its way into these games with an absurd defensive injury list and with issues over a mis-firing Juan Mata and we have yet to see the best of Falcao, there is no reason why United cannot win the majority of the forthcoming games and get themselves back into a champions league spot, which is currently only 4 points away.
When you look at the forthcoming fixtures, especially at Old Trafford, there is no reason why United cannot win everyone up to the New Year. With home games against Crystal Palace, Hull, Stoke, Liverpool and Newcastle why shall we expect anything less than the maximum 15 points from those games?
There are a couple of tricky away games at Arsenal and Southampton, but I am sure we are more than capable of getting draws in those games. Picking up a point in those games would not be disastrous given you win those home games. If we did put that run together, I would say third position is attainable given we are only 7 points away from it.
Since the debacle at Leicester, the team have defended better and from the front with the strikers doing their bit chasing down the opposition. When most people thought Chelsea and City would rip us a new backside, we defended well enough to only concede a goal in each game. A few players are playing themselves into form, Shaw had good games against Chelsea and City, Fellaini appears to have a new lease of life, Januzaj is getting games and played well against Chelsea and caused City`s Clichy all sorts of problems before he had to be substituted due to Smalling`s appalling errors. Clichy should have been the one walking the disciplinary tightrope when he should have been booked early on for a deliberate pull on Janzuaj. The spirit shown in the games since Leicester gives me encouragement. Digging deep against West Ham after Rooney`s red card, holding on in the Everton game, fighting to the end at West Brom and home to Chelsea as well as the late fight back at City which almost produced an equaliser.
David De Gea`s form is superb, he is turning into a great goalkeeper, one of the best in Europe. I like the look of Paddy McNair, who has not put a foot wrong so far, even having Lukaku in his pocket for the win over Everton. I suspect Carrick will be utilised as a centre half against Palace at the weekend and although that is not the answer, he will bring some stability and calmness to the back four in the short term.
So if we are to get a champions league spot this season, we need to go on a consistent run from now to Christmas, just like we did under Fergie. We would bounce back from a defeat by going unbeaten for a few months. Liverpool, Everton and Spurs are all stuttering and there is no reason why we cannot get above them this season.
Whilst there are issues with the squad in terms of injuries, we have yet to see Louis Van Gaal`s best 11 put out consistently, but the next couple of months can see us climb that table and cement a champions league spot. It is time to kick on.