Paul Pogba.

Premier League picture becomes clearer

Thursday 13 May 2021 09:49

As if any more incentive was ever needed to beat Liverpool, Manchester United now know that three points will clinch second place in the Premier League table.

While the 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday ensured the Red could no longer catch Manchester City at the summit, the aim is to obtain the runners-up spot, showing progress from last term's third-placed finish, and winning the Europa League final against Villarreal to end a difficult and unusual season on a high.

Chelsea's surprise 1-0 home derby defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday means the Emirates FA Cup and Champions League finalists can only match United's current tally of 70 points and they also have a far inferior goal difference. Hence, only Leicester can realistically overhaul Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men and they are four points behind with two fixtures remaining.

The Foxes finish the league campaign with tough games against Chelsea and Tottenham but victory in tonight's game at Old Trafford would take the Reds on to an unassailable 73 points in any case.

Of course, Chelsea's defeat to the Gunners has also provided fresh hope to West Ham United and Liverpool in their pursuit of a Champions League spot.

The double-edged incentive for Ole's side is a triumph over our arch-rivals would keep them in sixth place, seven points adrift of fourth, albeit with a game still in hand.

Jurgen Klopp has suggested he thinks if the Merseysiders win all four remaining matches, they will sneak into the top four so it is a huge fixture in that respect this evening.


United: Liverpool (H), Fulham (H), Wolves (A).
Leicester: Chelsea (A), Tottenham (H)
Chelsea: Leicester (H), Aston Villa (A).
West Ham: Brighton (A), West Brom (A), Southampton (H).
Liverpool: United (A), West Brom (A), Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (H). 

Get ready for United v Liverpool: