After a disappointing start to the season Manchester United is slowly beginning to turn things around. Last week’s 1 – 0 victory over Watford moved them into fourth in the table, level with Manchester City, and made qualification for the Champions League a real possibility.

Last week’s win followed the side’s 3 – 2 win against Arsenal making it the first time since November that the team has managed back to back league wins. Manager Louis Van Gaal is insisting that the team is taking things step by step but finally fans have a reason to be optimistic.

Hopefully the team will now be able to build on this and chain together some more wins. In the first 28 games of the season they won just 47 points and if they continue at the same rate it is likely that they will finish the season with around 64 points. However, ten consecutive wins would see them on 77 points.

Unfortunately the team does have a few difficult matches ahead of them. They will be playing away against Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs and West Ham while they have home clashes coming up with Everton and Leicester City.

If United can continue to win then these matches present an excellent opportunity to close the gap between them and the top of the league, furthermore, the side has an excellent track record against teams in the top half of the table.

On the other hand, United won just 16 points out of a possible 30 in the reverse fixtures of the remaining games. If the results were to repeat themselves then they would finish the season with just 63 points.

All in all there are a number of obstacles that Manchester United need to overcome in the closing stages of the season but if they can keep delivering results on the back of their last few wins then there is every chance that they could finish having qualified for the Champions League.