5 reasons Manchester United will keep hold of second spot in the EPL
What could be better for United fans than seeing their arch-rivals hammered at Old Trafford and roaming clueless on the pitch for a better part of the game? Jose's men produced a masterclass performance this weekend which saw them extend their lead over Liverpool to five points.
United sit second in the league only behind Manchester City and have defeated Chelsea and Liverpool quite convincingly within a span of two weeks. The Red Devils face Sevilla and Brighton in UEFA Champions League and FA Cup knock-outs respectively.
Their current form suggests that they should be able to grab the number two spot in England. However, there are only five points separating them and the the team in fourth spot, presently.
Lets take a look at reasons which indicate that Jose's men would be able to keep hold of second place in the league this season.
#5 Return of injured players
Manchester United have tremendous depth in the squad. However, a majority of their players are sidelined with injuries ahead of a decisive week.
Jose was short on options against Liverpool as his best attacking players off the bench came in form of Jesse Lingard or Marouane Fellaini. Players like Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba and Phil Jones are set to return from injuries in the coming weeks.
Ander Herrera is also sidelined for a couple of months after suffering an injury against Sevilla.
If United progress in the UCL or the FA Cup, this depth could be well utilised by the manager. Jose would have the option to rotate his team, this would give them an edge over rivals such as Spurs and Liverpool.
However, if United do not progress in either of the competitions, they would be having the manpower to rest first eleven players week in and out.
Therefore, Jose would desperately be looking for a return of as many currently injured players as early as the FA Cup clash against Brighton on Sunday.