A fans poll has backed Manchester United as the side most likely to miss out on a place in the top four, as Louis van Gaal battles to save his job at Old Trafford.
The Premier League could hardly be any more unpredictable in 2015/16. Leicester and Tottenham are in genuine title contention, it’s impossible to tell which Manchester City will turn up from one to the next, while United are playing catch up and Liverpool and Chelsea are nowhere to be seen.
There are currently five teams in the race for the top four and the associated places in the Champions League next season. But one will have to miss out.
In response to a 90min poll, over 71,000 supporters have overwhelmingly decided that it will be Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United who don’t make it.
United currently sit fifth in the table, a full six points off the top four. As such a massive 71% of those who voted believe the club won’t be able to bridge that gap in time and so will have to make do without Champions League football for a second time in three seasons.
Until their stunning win over Manchester City last weekend, most people had thought that Leicester would be the ones to drop away late in the season. But that 3-1 victory put the Foxes 12 points clear of 5th place and as a result just 4% of Premier League fans now think that Vardy, Mahrez and co. will fall off the pace.
Tottenham are the other side in form at the top of the table. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are currently second and have dropped just five points since mid-December, yet it hasn’t been enough to convince some people they won’t still crumble before the end.
After United, Spurs are seen as the next most likely to finish outside the top four this season with 15% of fans opting for them.
Manchester City slipped down to fouth place after last weekend’s results, but it appears that most are still backing the sky blues. Just 5% of those who voted think Manuel Pellegrini’s team won’t finish in the top four. Likewise, only 5% went for Arsenal to miss out.
For more fan views, to cast your vote via FanVoice or to join the conversation visit www.90min.com
By Jamie Spencer