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Former Manchester United star Gary Neville watched the side win 2-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday evening and claimed it would still take “a fantastic turnaround of incredible proportions” for them to qualify for the Champions League.
Waynemoyes Rooney celebrated signing a new reported £300,000-a-week contract on Friday by adding a wonderful strike to a Robin van Persie penalty to secure the three points for David Moyes’ men at Selhurst Park.
The result was enough for United to jump into sixth position ahead of Moyes’ former club Everton who lost out 1-0 to Premier League leaders Chelsea in the early kick-off.
However the champions still sit eight points adrift of Liverpool in the fourth Champions League qualification spot and Brendan Rodgers’
men can stretch that to 11 with a win against Swansea in their game in hand at Anfield later on Sunday.
Therefore Neville feels United have left themselves with an insurmountable job on their hands to be in Europe’s top competition next season.
He told Talksport: “They’re making mistakes in most matches at the moment and unless they go on a ridiculous run and win every match and the teams above them implode, I don’t think they will get in the Champions League.
“If you said to the fans six months ago, Man United won’t get into the Champions League they would have been shell-shocked, but I think there is a realisation it would be a fantastic turnaround of incredible proportions if they were to get into the Champions League.
“They’ve resigned themselves to the fact they’re not going to be in it.”