Van Gaal leaving, Mourinho entering could be the thing to get Manchester United back in title race

Louis van Gaal finally got sacked Monday afternoon after a mixed two years at Old Trafford. Now the door is open for Jose Mourinho, who has a remarkable coaching resume, to potentially step into the position and get Manchester United back into the Premier League title race next season.

It’s time to end the Louis van Gaal experiment at Manchester United

It seemed like Manchester United's slide in the Premiere League was finally finished at the end of last season. United ended the season in fourth place, a massive improvement over their eighth-place finish a year prior and earning a spot in the UEFA Champions League play-in round, which they won. But approaching the halfway mark of his second season at the helm, the "magic" he worked last season is starting to wear off.

Premiere League parity reason No. 1 why it’s the best European league

Have you taken a peak at the current Premiere League standings lately? Because there's a chance that you'll be shocked at what you see at the top of the table. Welcome to the 2015-16 edition of the Premiere League and welcome to the very reason the league is the best that Europe has to offer.

For Manchester United, season will either be great or disastrous

Being a Manchester United fan is an interesting proposition nowadays. At least in the time frame that I have been following the team, it's been either feast or famine — there hasn't been much middle ground, save maybe last season when the team finished in fourth (though there were a few embarrassing defeats in there). Unfortunately, this season appears to be headed in that direction.

Manchester United fourth-place finish a success

Manchester United is headed back to European competition in the UEFA Champions League. Well, it's not 100 percent certain at this time, but it's almost as good as gold. United sit in fourth place in the Premiere League, leading fifth-place Liverpool by six points with two games left two go, meaning the two teams could end up tied on points at the end of the season. But United have a plus-25 goal differential to Liverpool's plus-11, which would give the Red Devils the tiebreaker. So it would really take a crazy final two weeks for United to cough up the fourth and final spot for England in the Champions League. And that is quite a success for a team that looked so bad and so poorly managed by David Moyes just a year ago.

Manchester United won’t win Premiere League, but they have their Mojo back

Manchester United, once mocked for a 4-0 loss to Milton Keynes in the League Cup in August, is sitting on 65 points with six matches left in the season. The Red Devils are eight points clear of Southampton for their automatic spot in the UEFA Champions League next season and just one point behind second place Arsenal, who they play in the second-to-last match of the season. Of course, they won't make up the eight point deficit to Chelsea, who have an extra match to play, but I think this is a good point to say that that Manchester United is back.

Stretch run will make or break Manchester United’s season

United currently sit in fourth in the Premiere League, which would be good enough to advance to the play-in round of the UEFA Champions League, and just one point behind third place Arsenal. That being said, the stretch run of games for Manchester United from here to the end of the season will define their season and whether Louis van Gaal's experiment as manager of the squad.

Manchester United appears to have ship turned in right direction

Don't look now, but Manchester United is in a great position to get back to the UEFA Champions League. Yes, the same United that flailed around last season and finished in seventh--the biggest drop for a defending champion in Premiere League history--and embarrassingly lost to the M.K. Dons in the League Cup back in September is now in third in the Premiere League table after a 2-1 win at Southampton Monday. Now the Red Devils have won five straight matches to get to this point after a rough start to the season, making it apparent that the changes new manager Louis van Gaal have made are in fact turning the club around.