The supercomputer has predicted how many games Manchester United will win during the coming weeks, as caretaker manager Michael Carrick looks to revive their season
If Manchester United want to qualify for next season’s Champions League, they need to start winning.
Their poor form has led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal as manager and his assistant, Michael Carrick, has been named United’s caretaker boss.
It’s unknown how long the ex-midfielder will be in charge for but – if bettingexpert’s supercomputer is to believed – it’s set to be a rocky few weeks.
United are not predicted to win any of their next three games against Villarreal, Chelsea or Arsenal. In fact, the supercomputer has given them just a 17 per cent chance of beating the Blues.
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They’ve been given a 41 per cent chance of beating Villarreal – a game that will go a long way to deciding their Champions League fate for this season – and that figure goes up to 48 per cent for the Arsenal game.
The good news for United is the supercomputer believes they will win six of their next ten games in all competitions, a run of form that could save their season.
They’ve been given a 63 per cent chance of beating Crystal Palace – who recently secured a 2-0 win at Manchester City – and a 72 per cent chance of picking up three points against Young Boys in the Champions League.
If United can win those two games – and that’s a big if – it sets them up nicely ahead of a tricky run of fixtures against Norwich (58 per cent chance of victory), Brentford (56 per cent) and Brighton (49 per cent).
Even if United do get six wins from their next 10 fixtures, that might not be enough to maintain their Champions League status.
According to the supercomputer’s last predicted Premier League table, Carrick’s side will finish fifth – with Manchester City lifting the title.
Carrick is not expected to remain in charge for all of those 10 games, with United expected to hire an interim manager until the end of the season.
The ex-midfielder’s former team-mate Rio Ferdinand has urged him to take struggling captain Harry Maguire out of the firing line.
The England international was sent off in United’s 4-1 defeat to Watford at the weekend and has failed to impress since the Euros.
“Harry wouldn’t like to hear this but I just think sometimes you need to be taken out of the firing line,” Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.
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“He’s had a long summer, a successful summer with England to a certain degree. He’s played a lot of football, comes back to United and physically and mentally it looks like there’s a hangover there.
“He won’t take himself out of it, I wouldn’t either, I’d try and play myself through it, but at the moment his performances haven’t been up to the level required, for him, for Man Utd. The bar he set himself wouldn’t be there.
“I saw Gary Neville speak about it the other day that he was having a nightmare after three or four summers on the bounce playing football for England and Man Utd and needed time off.
“I think Harry Maguire is probably at that point right now.”