The one big positive to make Manchester United fans optimistic

Sunday night did not end well for Manchester United supporters. A 3-1 defeat to Chelsea was not how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer planned it.

Solskjaer’s team selection was telling though, with the side rotated in between Premier League fixtures.

The Premier League is now United’s clear priority by default, but it seemed as though it was already.

So with this in mind, Sunday was not all bad for Manchester United, thanks to a well-timed boost from Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.

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In the driving seat

Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday afternoon was potentially huge for Manchester United.

United already needed two wins from two games against West Ham and Leicester to seal Champions League qualification.

Now four points instead of six will be enough see us finish in the top four.

A win against West Ham on Wednesday night will take us three points clear of Leicester. It will also edge our current equal goal difference with the Foxes, to move ahead of them.

This will mean just a point on the final day will be enough to seal a top four place.

Champions League riches

Trophy success would have been great. It would have done so much for this young squad.

But securing a Champions League place can be just as, if not more important to this team.

It makes United’s transfer ambitions easier to fulfil, and signing more new players will help us get nearer to trophies in future seasons.

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Leicester’s loss helps United get a little nearer. We were waiting for them to slip up.

Now we just need to do what we have not always done this season, and capitalise.

There is slightly more room for error now. If Leicester had won against Tottenham, we would have need six points from two games, unless Chelsea slipped up.

Now even if we only draw or even lose to West Ham in midweek, there is still a chance of sealing a top four place, providing we beat Leicester on the final day.

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