The battle for top-four is tighter than ever in Premier League, and as we head into the last quarter of the season, the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea can’t afford to drop points. For obvious reasons, we are not counting Manchester City and Arsenal as realistic candidates for the battle.
Coming into the latest round of games, United were seated second in the table, only two points ahead of third-placed Liverpool.
United were not scheduled to play until Monday, so by the time they came out at Selhurst Park, Liverpool had overtaken them in the table, and Spurs were just a point behind.
The Red Devils were deemed as favourites for the title back in August. Their plan didn’t pen out as expected in the league due to the brilliance of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. However, Jose Mourinho would still prefer to finish ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham. A failure to do so will only strengthen the voice that doesn’t see him as an ideal manager to lead United.
United have slipped up in the league in recent weeks, and the game at Selhurst Park was another potential banana-peel.