Sat. Jun 19th, 2021

Man United finish 3rd

Manchester United’s 2019/20 campaign was something of a mixed bag.

The first half of the season proved especially poor from a Red Devils perspective.

However, the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January, coupled with the returns of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba following football’s resumption in June, really helped to turn United’s season around.

And whilst they did, in the end, limp over the line somewhat, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men nevertheless managed to clinch a third-place finish in the Premier League, a feat which, of course, means they will be plying their trade in the Champions League next term.

Despite finishing 3rd though, the Red Devils were still miles off eventual winners, Liverpool.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 22: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United walks off at half time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley FC at Old Trafford on January 22, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Matic eyeing title challenge

In fact, United actually finished 33 points adrift of their bitter rivals.

So big was the gap between United and Liverpool, that the Manchester powerhouse ended the campaign closer to now Championship outfit Bournemouth than they did to the Reds.

Despite the clear gulf in class between the two outfits, one Man United man is aiming to dethrone Jurgen Klopp’s men next time around.

Speaking on the UTD podcast, Nemanja Matic voiced the opinion that Man United must fight for the Premier League title next season:

“From the next season there is no excuse. We have to go with everything. We have to fight for the title because I felt that this year we dropped some points too easy.

“We allowed Liverpool to win [the title], I don’t know, ten games before the season finished. They won the league, so we cannot allow that. We need to fight to the end. We have to play with more confidence, with more responsibility. 

“My personal target is to win the league with United and I am sure that everyone wants to do the same. We have to promise our supporters that we will do our best – exactly what we have done after [the coronavirus lockdown] when we started to play again. That’s Manchester United.”

When explaining how United can challenge for the league next term, Matic believes the Red Devils most put together runs of five or six wins in a row all campaign, rather than the slow start they experienced in 2019/20:

“We have to win five, six consecutive games then you can drop some points, then again you have to do that run. Like that we can win the league. In the beginning of the season we were not stable, we won one or two games then we lost and we drew. Proper United is exactly what we did after [lockdown] and I hope we can continue like that next season.”

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