The race for the top 4 is heating up but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United appear to have done themselves a lot of good in the race for a place in the top 4 and automatic qualification to next season’s UEFA Champions League.
The Red Devils have been more consistent than the chasing pack in the race and more so with the win against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Man United may have missed out on the Premier League title to local rivals Man City but have been impressive in recent weeks. They’ve been the most consistent side in the Premier League in recent weeks with 4 wins and 1 draw in their last 5 games.
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Although they’ve not yet sealed an automatic place in the UCL, the gap they’ve established thus far may be insurmountable as the chasing lot below them have been struggling for consistency even with 7 games left to play.
They lead the closest chasers Leicester City with 7 points and 5th placed Chelsea with a whopping 9 points. I call it whopping because I don’t see the Red Devils giving up their place.
The character they showed in the defeat of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham away from home speaks volumes of their determination to participate in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Many thought they would falter in that game and the gap reduced especially as Spurs are also in the race for the top 4, coupled with the fact that some of the dangerous rivals in the chasing pack won their games.
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The fact that the Red Devils also played on Thursday and could be fatigued for the game was also a factor.
However, this was not the case as they came from behind and won, sending a statement that they are consolidating on a second-place finish and that the position is not up for grabs unlike a certain Leicester City in third.
The Red Devils already look good for a place in next season’s UCL and could yet land the Europa League if they continue with their fine form in the competition.