Rangnick admits fourth place is Man United’s ceiling this season

When Manchester United collapsed from the FA Cup last week, football fans and pundits everywhere were espousing a similar narrative. “It will be five years now without a trophy,” read the account, as the Old Trafford side now found themselves out of both domestic cup competitions and long out of the Premier League title chase.

They will start their Champions League knockout campaign next week but hardly anyone thinks they can win it all in this tournament. Even acting director Ralf Rangnick admits it, and he has said so openly. There is nothing left to play for this term, except the last place in the top four.

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“We want to finish fourth in the league, that’s the highest possible achievement we can achieve,” Rangnick told a news conference today.

“The Champions League, we certainly want to continue but it’s not easy.

“In the league, it’s number 4. That’s what we have to achieve and what we’re aiming for. Next season, after being here 11 weeks, I know what is needed for next season, but now is not the time to discuss it with everyone.

Don’t get mad, he only keeps it 100. And after all, it’s not something you haven’t already realized. Unfortunately, it was much the same during the post Sir Alex Ferguson/David Gill era of Glazer ownership. Under the revolving door of managers/David Gill, that’s where it came to.

It’s like that’s all they want, the top of the C-suite at MUFC, qualifying for the Champions League and making sure they get that annual revenue stream. The Glazers and their corporate supporters just don’t seem to have any ambition beyond that.

Currently, United are one point behind West Ham for this fourth and final UCL qualifying slot. However, they have a game in hand over the Hammers. Then you have Arsenal, who are just one point behind United, and two games less against the Red Devils.

Seventh-placed Wolves are just three points behind United and have one game less.

In other words, everything is wide open and anything can happen. Expect that to happen on Championship Sunday.

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