Thierry Henry believes Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday has cast a major doubt on their top four hopes.
Louis van Gaal’s side were beaten at The Hawthorns by a quality second-half Salomon Rondon strike after Juan Mata was sent off in the 26th minute for picking up two needless yellow cards.
The result sees the Red Devils sitting sixth on the Premier League table on 47 points, three behind fourth-placed Manchester City who have a game in hand, and Henry suggests it will be a difficult task for the Old Trafford outfit to fight back and produce a Champions League finish.
“It is a massive setback,” Arsenal legend said Henry on Sky Sports.
“As you can see, he [Van Gaal] is upset at the sending-off of Juan Mata and the goal they conceded was not because they were down to 10 men, they could have defended that a bit better.
“They had a lot of possession, they arrived here on a high, but they are still in the mix. They played a lot of games and it was always going to be difficult here, but it is a blow.”