Speaking to The Sun, Thierry Henry picked who he thinks will be in the top four at the end of the season. And while it’s no surprise he put his beloved Gunners into next year’s Champions League, it does happen to be noteworthy who he leaves off.
“People keep telling me that this Manchester United team is about to click,” Henry said. “After 28 Premier League games, I’m still waiting. And time is now running out for everything to fall into place for Louis van Gaal.”
Sitting in fourth position, United has struggled but still produced results to this point. They remain just two points ahead of Liverpool, and three atop of Tottenham for the last Champions League position. Louis van Gaal has come under fire for being unable to figure out his best starting 11, and injury struggles in the first half of the year certainly didn’t help.
Still, it’s hard to argue with the results, which are all that matter in the end. But for Henry, he’s not buying it.
“This United side looks as though it is still some way off from gelling as the players seem to struggle with the tactics and system of playing,” Henry said. “The problem is the Dutchman, although an excellent manager with a proven track record, does not seem to know his best team. At the start of this season, I had no doubt that United would finish in the top four and return to the Champions League. It now looks as though the four will be Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.”
They have a chance to prove Henry wrong this morning against Tottenham, a massive match in terms of table position as Spurs can knock Manchester United out of the top four with a win (see what I did there?).