Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has claimed that the club’s position in the Premier League this season must improve in comparison to last year.
The Red Devils ended last season in fifth place, tying with fierce rivals Manchester City on points but losing out on a Champions League spot due to goal difference.
United had to find other means to qualify for European football and did so by winning the Europa League to conclude a satisfactory first season under Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager also managed to successfully lead his club to a League Cup win with many people suggesting he had a better season than Pep Guardiola due to the trophies won.
Schmeichel though believes the aim this season shouldn’t necessarily be a trophy but instead an improved position in the Premier League.
According to Sport360, Peter said: “The key is improvement, success has got to be a better league position than last season. I know United won the League Cup and the Europa League but you have to separate those out.
“Yes they’re trophies and they’re nice to have, but for me success has to be a better league position. We’re going well in the Champions League as well so let’s see what happens there as well.”
This season Manchester United find themselves 15 points behind the Citizens and in second place, on target with Peter Schmeichel’s aforementioned aims.
There has been worry that recent inconsistencies has opened up the possibility of top four scramble with Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.
With the Red Devils already knocked out of the League Cup, it only leaves Mourinho with the FA Cup and Champions League trophies to aim for.
Although the Premier League isn’t over yet, it’s unlikely for City to drop that many points and it’s also unlikely that United will have a serious shot at the Champions League, leaving them with just the FA Cup to aim for.
Schmeichel’s wish may be the only reality for Jose but perhaps supporters would consider an FA Cup win and second placed finish as progress this season.