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SEASON SNAPSHOT: Man Utd miss top four but FA Cup still on the cards

You could say Manchester United were 'ok' during the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Inconsistent performances throughout the campaign cost the Red Devils a Champions League spot and they will now have to settle for the FA Cup, provided they can beat Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday.

Louis van Gaal's job is under immense scrutiny, as it has been since last summer, and the lure of Jose Mourinho could turn heads at Old Trafford.

Whoever is in charge, changes must be made as the current squad simply does not have the quality to launch a genuine title challenge.

49 goals is a horrendous return considering 17th-placed Sunderland scored 48!

The development of youngsters Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was positive but some real star quality is required, especially if goalkeeper David De Gea leaves for Spain after winning the Player of the Year award for a third consecutive season.

It will be a pass mark for United this season if they can clinch the FA Cup on the weekend but things have to be altered swiftly before the Old Trafford faithful run out of patience.


MAN UTD SNAPSHOT

POSITION:5th

WIN-DRAW-LOSS RECORD:19-9-10

POINTS:66

GOALS FOR-AGAINST:49-35


MAN UTD'S TOP 3

SCORERS: Anthony Martial 11, Wayne Rooney 8, Juan Mata 6

ASSISTS:Wayne Rooney 7, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata both 6

CLEAN SHEETS (leader): David De Gea 15

YELLOW CARDS:Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian both 8, Ashley Young 5

RED CARDS:Juan Mata 1

EA SPORTS Player Performance Index:Anthony Martial 593, Juan Mata 586, Wayne Rooney 509


TRIBAL'S TOP BOY

David De Gea


TWITTER TALK


FROM THE BOSS

"I want to thank you for the unconditional support. Wherever we have played, however things have gone on the field, you never let us down.

"We will bring the FA Cup home to you. You deserve it. Thank you!"

- Louis van Gaal, May 2016.


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*Thanks to Opta

Andrew Slevison
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