Manchester United: 3 Reasons why the Red Devils can still make the top four
Manchester United are facing a lot of stick from every corner of late. The recent run of events has seen a return of despair among fans and why not? Solskjaer's appointment had been a breath of fresh air for the club after Mourinho had taken them to the verge of depression. However, the Norwegian's Midas touch seems to have waned of late and the club are now looking at the possibility of missing out Champions League next season.
United have been extremely poor on the field of late. They have crashed out of the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League and are yet to secure a top 4 place with just 4 games remaining. There is a growing belief that United will miss out of the Champions League places because of the extremely tough run of games of late. The Red Devils face Manchester City and Chelsea in the next 7 days and on current form, both games would be extremely tough.
But despite the common notion, Manchester United can still secure a top four spot and here are 3 reasons why.
#3 The unpredictability of the league
This season, the Premier League has been highly unpredictable. Perhaps the only constant has been the relentlessness of the top two. Both Liverpool and Manchester City have been adamant in their pursuit of the top spot, even though they have both stuttered in the build up to the final weeks. So far in the league, Liverpool have lost 1, but drawn 7, while Man City have lost 4 and drawn only 2. None of these were games in which they were expected to lose points, yet that was exactly what happened.
The race for the two remaining champions League spot has been equally intriguing. Even though Tottenham are currently occupying the third place, they have already lost 11 times this season. Arsenal and Chelsea, the other teams competing with United for the Champions League spots, have lost 8 times so far, the same as United. There's no guarantee that they won't lose again.
Tottenham play Brighton, West Ham, Everton and Bournemouth. They also have to worry about two Champions League Semi Finals against Ajax in between. Arsenal have away trips to Wolves, Leicester City and Burnley and a home game against Brighton. They also have Valencia in the Europa League Semi Finals. Chelsea have to play United, Leicester City, Burnley and Watford, and they will also be preparing for Eintracht, whom they face in the Europa League Semi Finals.
As all three compete in Europe, they will inevitably drop points in the league. The unpredictability of the league means that a lot of the lesser opponents will test the resolve of the four teams fighting for the two spots. It also means that United have every chance to leapfrog their opponents for the final two places.