Paul Scholes: Manchester United must challenge for league next season

by Ben Topliss

Paul Scholes believes finishing fourth place in the Premier League would not be good enough for Manchester United and that they must be challenging for the title next season.

Man United are currently locked in a battle to qualify for the Champions League next term along with Arsenal, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Louis van Gaal’s side kept pace with the pack by securing a crucial 1-0 victory against Newcastle United on Wednesday night thanks to Ashley Young’s late winner.

However, Scholes hasn’t been impressed by the team’s performances and thinks United shouldn’t just be aiming to finish fourth.

Speaking about United, Scholes said: “This time next year, if they’re not challenging for the league then there’s something wrong. Not finishing fourth is not good enough. To me, not challenging for the league isn’t good enough.”

United are undoubtedly going through a period of transition having signed the likes of Angel di Maria, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera after a terrible season under David Moyes.

It is imperative that United qualify for the Champions League in order to remain in the footballing elite and Scholes cannot say that van Gaal’s approach is not getting results. United’s win against Newcastle extended their run to just two defeats in 22 games so fans may have to put up with it for a while yet as long as it yields positive results.

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