Manchester United are one of the weekend’s big winners, without even kicking a ball.
First we saw Chelsea lose 3-0 to Sheffield United, and then Leicester City lost 4-1 to Bournemouth.
Now we have to get our own job done at Old Trafford tonight. A win will take us up into third position in the Premier League.
Nightmare for Leicester
Leicester had led 1-0 going into half-time, before they imploded in the second half and conceded four goals.
Into the mix they had centre-back Caglar Soyuncu sent off.
He will now be suspended for Leicester’s final league game against United at the King Power on the final day. It is yet another advantage in our favour.
Yet what was being billed as a final day showdown for a Champions League spot may turn into a dead rubber.
Leicester’s next two fixtures are against Sheffield United and then Tottenham Hotspur, two teams who are on a high suddenly after weekend wins. The Foxes have won just once in six games.
If, and it’s a big if, United keep winning, there is a chance that United’s trip to Leicester on the final day will be irrelevant for us. We could already have a Champions League place secured.
And if it does matter in any way, Leicester will be deprived of key defender Soyuncu.
A job to do first
As we said, Manchester United must attend to business first tonight against Southampton.
The Saints are a tricky side who have drawn with us 2-2 and 1-1 over the past two seasons, and in the last game at Old Trafford last season, we had to fight hard for a 3-2 win.
Then United face Crystal Palace away on Thursday night, who are well capable of springing a surprise, especially if we have to rotate the team, with an eye on the FA Cup semi-final four days later.
The opportunity to clinch a Champions League place is opening up, and it is in our hands, but the job is not done.
United have failed to capitalise on opportunities several times this season, and this week ahead could derail our season if we get it wrong. Let’s hope the team can keep focus, avoid injury, and maintain the winning run.
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