Manchester United is undoubtedly the most decorated club in English Football. Manchester United have won a record of 20 league titles, 12 FA Cup trophies, 5 league cup titles, 3 champions league trophies, 1 cup winners cup, 1 intercontinental cup trophy and 1 FIFA Club World Cup trophy. Manchester United have been struggling after Sir Alex Furguson retired in 2013 after winning the 2012-13 premier league with Manchester United.
Currently Manchester united manager Jose Mourinho after the win against Middlesbrough in an interview said that his team Manchester united is not chasing for a top 4 slot to enter champions league next season but rather focusing to win the UEFA Europa league to enter champions league next season and also play the UEFA Super Cup next season.
In this article, SportsGoogly will analyse the chances of Manchester United in league in securing a top four spot and also discuss the possibility of Manchester United winning the UEFA Europa league.
After the division one was changed to the premier league in 1992, Manchester united is the most decorated club in the premier league era after winning 13 titles out of the possible 23. Manchester United’s average points per season in the premier league is 81 points but this season Manchester united is far away from reaching such height.
This season Manchester United have played 27 premier league games and have won 14, drawing 10 and lost 3 games. Manchester United’s season have not being been that bad but the drawn games is that which has hurt Manchester united. Currently, Manchester united is 5th on the league log.
Top Half Premier League Table.
- Chelsea: 69 pts
- Tottenham Hotspurs: 59 pts
- Manchester City: 57 pts
- Liverpool: 56 pts
- Manchester United: 52 pts
- Arsenal: 50 pts
Manchester United have lost 29 valuable points this season not only to lost games but rather majority of the points was lost through drawn games.
Points lost by Manchester United.
Manchester United 1-1 Bournemouth
Manchester United 0-0 Hull City
Stoke City 1-1 Manchester United
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
Everton 1-1 Manchester United
Manchester United 1-1 West Ham
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal
Manchester United 0-0 Burnley
Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester united
Manchester United 1-1 Stoke City
Watford 3-1 Manchester united
Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City
These 29 points lost by Manchester united is already gone but the future games is that which is important now. Manchester United have tough fixtures before the season ends and united also have games with all the top 4 contending clubs except Liverpool.
Remaining Fixtures for Manchester United
Manchester United vrs West Bromwich
Manchester United vrs Everton
Sunderland vrs Manchester United
Manchester United vrs Chelsea
Burnley vrs Manchester United
Manchester City vrs Manchester United
Manchester United vrs Swansea
Arsenal vrs Manchester United
Tottenham vrs Manchester United
Manchester United vrs Crystal Palace
The games with Everton, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham is unpredictable and will be difficult for Manchester united to win. At least, Manchester United is assured of 15 points in the remaining fixtures but can be more of Manchester United wins some of the big games. This means that Manchester United will at least finish the season with 67 points.
How many points are needed to finish in the top 4?
Last season Manchester City placed 4th on the league log with 66 points which has been the lowest in the last 10 years.
- 2014-15 Manchester United placed 4th with 70 points.
- 2013-14 Arsenal finished 4th on the league log with 79 points.
- 2012-13 Arsenal finished 4th with 73 points
- 2011-12 Tottenham Hotspurs placed 4th on the league log with 69 points.
- 2010-11 Arsenal finished 4th on the league table with 68 points.
- 2009-10 Tottenham Hotspurs finished 4th on the league table with 70 points.
- 2008-09 Arsenal finished 4th on the league log with 72 points.
- 2007-08 Liverpool placed 4th on the league log with 76 points.
- 2006-07 Arsenal finished 4th on the league table with 68 points.
From the facts, a club needs at least 71 points to be assured a place in the top 4. With Manchester United on 52 point and 11 games to go, it will be very difficult for Manchester united to attain 71 points and finish in the top 4 to enter the champions league.
There is another alternative for Manchester united to qualify to the champions league with placing 4th in the English Premier League. The winner of the UEFA Europa league gets automatic qualification to the champions league. The UEFA Europa league is in the quarter stage which Manchester United is involved in currently.
UEFA Europa league Round of 16
Anderlecht vrs Manchester United
Celta Vigo vrs Genk
Ajax vrs Schalke 04
Lyon vrs Besiktas
With these clubs in the UEFA Europa league, the depth in squad of Manchester United is higher than the remaining 7 clubs. Schalke 04 and Lyon are the clubs that can hurt the chances of Manchester United. Manchester United is likely to win the UEFA Europa league if it attaches seriousness to the competition as the manager Jose Mourinho promises.
Concluding, Manchester United can not enter the top 4 in the English Premier League this season to qualify to the champions league considering the reminder of the games.
The UEFA Europa league will be the best option for Manchester united to qualify for champions league next season. In the quarter finals of the UEFA Europa league this season, there is no elite club in the competition thus far.
Manchester United can qualify to the champions league next season through the Europa league and also play the UEFA Super Cup.
All Time Premier League Table.
- Manchester United: 1,952 pts
- Arsenal: 1,747 pts
- Chelsea: 1,696 pts
- Liverpool: 1,601 pts
- Tottenham Hotspurs: 1,361 pts
- Everton: 1,263 pts
- Aston Villa: 1,223 pts
- Newcastle United: 1,183 pts
- Manchester City: 1,093 pts
- Blackburn Rovers: 970 pts
- West Ham United: 959 pts
- Southampton: 807 pts
- Leeds United: 692 pts
- Middlesbrough: 633 pts
- Sunderland: 594 pts
- Fulham: 586 pts
- Bolton Wanderers: 575 pts
- Leicester City: 464 pts
- Coventry City: 409 pts
- Sheffield Wednesday: 392 pts