It is just as well that Manchester United’s Champions League fate for now remains in our own hands.
If we win all three remaining matches against Crystal Palace, West Ham and Leicester, then a top four place will be ours.
United face Palace tonight at Selhurst Park, knowing a slip up will leave us relying on other results.
Looking at the fixtures remaining, there are some tougher games ahead for our rivals.
Leicester face Sheffield United tonight at the same time as our game, and then they play Tottenham on Sunday.
Chelsea play Wolves on the final day, and next week they face Liverpool at Anfield.
Relying on Chelsea v Liverpool results to go our way before has not exactly worked out.
We still remember 2010 when a Liverpool result would have won us the league, only for a Steven Gerrard mistake to set Chelsea up to win. Karma got him back for that four years later.
This time around a Liverpool win will put United in a strong position for a top four place even before the Leicester game, providing we win our two matches.
But as last night showed, United can expect nothing here. Liverpool are not the same side they were pre-lockdown, having already wrapped up the title.
Mistakes from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson provided some amusement last night as Liverpool lost to Arsenal, but United fans won’t be laughing if they do the same against Chelsea next week.
After last night they can no longer achieve a 100 points total, and have even less to play for next Wednesday.
At this point rather than expecting them to beat Chelsea, United have to assume they will roll over and put in a half-committed performance against a team who just want it more.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last week that his United side have to concentrate their own results, and the rest will look after itself. That’s true, but there is certainly not much margin for error right now after the draw with Southampton on Monday.
United have a big job to do tonight against Palace, and only three points will be acceptable, otherwise we could be relying on favours which might just not be a reality.
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