Comparing United's run-in to the other top four contenders
The battle for a place in the top four is hotting up with nine Premier league games left this season.
Manchester United’s impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City has boosted their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Fifth place may still get a Champions League place due to City’s ban although they are set to appeal the decision.
Therefore, we’ve compared the run-in for every contender to see who is the most likely to finish in the top four.
United will face six sides currently in the bottom half of the table during their remaining nine fixtures.
Their other three games are against fellow top-four contenders, Tottenham, Leicester City and Sheffield United.
Overall, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face an average position of 12.3 which is the easiest set of fixtures on paper than all of our rivals.
However, in the reverse fixtures earlier this season United only picked up 12 points out of a possible 27.
Leicester had a brilliant start to the season but they have won just two of their last eight league games.
Their next three fixtures are all against teams in the bottom half and they will face an average position of 11.3.
They do have a difficult end to the season though, playing top-four rivals in each of their last three league games, with United travelling to the King Power on the final day.
Frank Lampard’s side currently occupy the last position in the top four and are three points above United.
However, Chelsea still have to face Liverpool and Manchester City before the end of the season.
Overall, the Blues face an average position of 11.1 in their final nine league games.
Jose Mourinho has had a difficult few weeks as Tottenham manager due to poor form and injury problems.
Spurs play four teams in the top half and five teams in the bottom half of the table before the end of the season. United head there this weekend.
They face an average position of 10.4 during those final nine games and picked up 12 points out of a possible 27 when they played against these teams earlier in the season.
Dean Henderson has helped Sheffield United exceed all expectations this season.
The newly promoted team are currently seventh in the league and are dreaming of a place in next season’s Champions League.
They have a game in hand on their rivals but also have some difficult games coming up including trips to Old Trafford and the King Power stadium.
The Blades face an average position of 9.4 so they have the hardest remaining fixtures out of all the top four contenders.
Wolves are playing in the Europa League this season, but they are hoping to go one better next season.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will come up against five teams in the bottom half of the league table including two teams who are in the relegation zone.
They are currently sixth in the table and face an average position of 11.7 in their final nine games.
Arsenal have a game in hand on most of the other top four contenders but that is a difficult trip to Manchester City, taking place this evening.
The Gunners also play league leaders Liverpool and local rivals Tottenham in the final 10 games.
They face an average position of 10.5 and Arsenal managed only 8 points out of 27 in the reverse fixtures earlier this season.
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