Manchester United has struggled mightily this season and today, the team led by David Moyes suffered another setback in their quest to play in European competitions next year.
The Red Devils battled against a Chelsea side that is looking to shorten the gap with both Arsenal and Manchester City, and Jose Mourinho’s men delivered, winning by a 3-1 score that emphasizes the fact that United hasn’t been able to match up against the top teams this year.
Moyes’ boys have already dropped points against Chelsea, Liverpool and The Citizens so far this season, and at this stage, it would be an absolute prize if they are able to finish in the top six that clinches a spot in Europe for the 2014-15 campaign. Manchester United has shown an inability to match up against better teams this year and unless they can make a solid signing or two, things don’t look bright in the immediate future.
Several players haven’t performed as expected, the key players aren’t getting any younger, and it seems like there is no top talent available at the youth ranks, something that wasn’t a problem only two or three years ago. Adnan Januzaj has been the only bright spot in a dark season for Manchester United so far, and the 18 year old can’t carry the team on his back so far.
While there are still plenty of games left and Manchester United could make a strong challenge to finish in the top four if they pick things up, the reality is that the possibility to play in the Champions League next year seems distant right now. The team hasn’t been good this season and a European berth would be a prize they don’t deserve.