Fan’s View | What United Must Do To Finish In The Top Four
Manchester United have continually failed to capitalise on others slipping up, but Nicole Deans says the Red Devils still have time to find consistency.

For many Reds (myself included), our trip to Goodison Park was a must-win and, once again, brought about the opportunity to be within touching distance of that all important top four spot.

After conceding early on due to a shocking blunder by De Gea, United soon replied to Calvert-Lewin's goal, finding their composure and pulling one back through super signing, Bruno Fernandes. 

The second half was a different story performance wise and, after some VAR controversy – and cards galore from the referee – a point against Everton was all the away team could manage.

So, what can United do to ensure we eventually get that all important Champions League spot?

Although it's frustrating not capitalising on other team’s slipping up, we must remember there are still 30 points to play for. A top four finish is no mean feat, especially when you consider the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford is approaching, which precedes a trip to Tottenham. 

It's no coincidence that our recent improvement has come off the back of Fernandes' arrival. As a natural leader, he seems to bring out the best in others. That harmony in the team is essential and we need to do everything to keep it that way. 

Bruno Fernandes has got off to a flying start at United

To do that, I believe we should continue to back the manager, if only for now. His signings speak for themselves and the development of others, such Fred, cannot go unmentioned either. 

Let him have this summer and, hopefully, the board's backing to finish what he started. I still believe he’s the man we needed to come in and do the dirty work (move players on etc.) and he’s taking the stick short-term for long-term benefits. All with a smile on his face – whether you love him or hate him for it!

Coming back to the present, we have to gain momentum and beat the Blue side of Manchester. How many times have we started to believe again to only succumb soon after? We simply can’t do that. Consistency is key as we approach the tail end of the season.

For the first time in a long time, these players are starting to gel and consequently create some visually pleasing football.

Although the attacking flair has come back and we're scoring more goals, we must continue to work on other areas. Keep focusing on structure, get the core shape back, and move forward. 

Defensively, we still seem to be working out our best centre-back pairing. De Gea also hasn't been at his best, so working on clearing set pieces is now more important than ever before. He’s been our saviour many times in the past, so here's hoping he’ll get his confidence back. Everyone’s prone to a dip in form at some point!

For the first time in a long time, these players are starting to gel and consequently create some visually pleasing football. So often in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era we seem to have made a habit of going one step forward and two steps back.

This isn’t, and never should have been, an option. We are well on our way to becoming a side who can fight and, I hope, like the side we knew of old, who never gave up.

Without belief, we have nothing, but first, we must knuckle down and take one game at a time. Starting with City on Sunday. 

With ten Premier League games to go, Champions League qualification is still very much achievable. We never did do anything the easy way, did we?