Manchester United: 3 Predictions for the Rest of the EPL Campaign

Jake NisseFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

Manchester United: 3 Predictions for the Rest of the EPL Campaign

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    United celebrating Danny Welbeck's goal vs. West Bromwich Albion
    United celebrating Danny Welbeck's goal vs. West Bromwich AlbionRichard Heathcote/Getty Images

    Manchester United's 2013-14 season has been riddled by inconsistency, with impressive victories (1-0 win against Arsenal) being followed by embarrassing defeats (2-1 loss to Stoke).

    At this point, nothing can really be considered a guarantee for United, but the following three things look like they could happen.

     

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Marouane Fellaini Impresses

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    Fellaini is looking to end the season strong.
    Fellaini is looking to end the season strong.Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

    Early into the season, Marouane Fellaini didn't look worth his hefty transfer fee at all, struggling with injuries and poor form.

    However, some of his doubters have been quieted after an impressive performance against West Bromwich Albion. It was arguably his best in a United shirt.

    The Belgian completed more successful passes than any other EPL player, according to Squawka, with 65. What's more, as per WhoScored.com, he acted as an effective defensive stalwart in the midfield with five tackles. 

    As Fellaini regains his health and becomes adjusted to the United side, he could easily end up being considered a successful buy. 

Nemanja Vidic Will See the Field Less and Less

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    Vidic has been a shadow of himself this season.
    Vidic has been a shadow of himself this season.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    With Nemanja Vidic not exactly enjoying his finest season, David Moyes has been employing a loose rotation, with Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all seeing time at the center-back spot.

    That trio could see even more time after Vidic announced that he will be joining Inter Milan in the summer.

    Vidic has been a great servant to the club and certainly owns the right to leave if he wants to, but announcing his departure from the club in the midst of this disappointing campaign is poorly timed and selfish.

    This announcement could make Moyes question Vidic's current commitment to the club, and opt to go with Evans, Smalling and Jones, who are the future of the club's defense anyway. 

United Will Fail to Make the Champions League

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    The form of Liverpool and Arsenal is making it extremely hard for United to earn a top-four spot this season.
    The form of Liverpool and Arsenal is making it extremely hard for United to earn a top-four spot this season.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    The club's chances of qualifying for next year's Champions League are looking bleak. They are currently nine points below Manchester City, who are in fourth and have only played 26 matches to United's 28.

    Liverpool have outscored opponents 12-4 in their last three EPL matches, whilst Arsenal have also collected maximum points from their last two games.

    While United have occasionally shown quality similar to that of these sides, its fleeting nature is what has left them in sixth place at the moment. 

    They will need to be extremely consistent to end the season. Anything too far from maximum points will land them in the Europa League, if they're lucky.