Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes a top four finish in the Premier League wouldn’t constitute a successful season for Manchester United.
Man United are preparing to face Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.
Meanwhile, they are fifth in the league table, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester City. Henry insisted that United should consistently be challenging for the title.
“I don’t want to devalue the FA Cup as it’s important but what’s important for the future is to be in the Champions League,” Henry said.
“If I was a Man United fan it’d be a great day at Wembley but United should be in the Champions League as it’s a priority for next season. If I go back to the United I know it wouldn’t be a successful season if van Gaal gets top four as they should be fighting for the title.”
Henry played for Arsenal at a time when the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes consistently led United to domestic and European success.
United have fallen a long way since then and even an FA Cup win and top four finish might not be enough to save van Gaal’s job as he has presided over some awful results and performances over the course of the campaign. It is unclear exactly how they will get there, but Henry is right in saying that United need to readjust their priorities moving forward.