Can Man U Finish in the Top Four This Season?

Can Man U Finish in the Top Four This Season?

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The Premier League threw up the shock of all shocks last year, with lesser known light Leicester City surprising everyone to win the title. But as we enter February, this season already looks to be following a more predictable path with names such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City taking their places towards the top of the table. With their new manager in place and a host of big name players, can Manchester United throw off the disappoint of last year and at least finish in the top four this season?

The Player’s View:

The players themselves seem pretty confident, but then what you would expect from a team managed by Jose Mourinho?  A recent interview with Chris Smalling showed that the team firmly believe they will finish in the top four this season, despite currently sitting in sixth and not having been in the top four since September.

Unbeaten in the last 15 Premier League games, the team have certainly got the form. Currently, they hold the longest unbeaten run of any team in the top five divisions across Europe so the odds on websites such as are currently in their favour – just two points behind the teams currently in the position. Smalling was keen to predict that their good form would continue and that they would overtake rivals Arsenal and Liverpool, who are currently above them in the league.

The Wider View:

In fact, several top pundits are also of the opinion that the team can get back into the most prestigious European club competition, the Champions League, for the first time since 2014.  Many cite a number of big name players who are now fulfilling their potential as being key for the club – Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan being top of the list.

The strength of the squad at Man U is another reason that experts believe they can get that coveted fourth place with rivals such as Liverpool showing weakness in the strength in depth area.  Liverpool has shown that if their top players are unavailable for any reason, they seem to struggle to get the results they need and as the season goes on, injuries and suspensions become ever more common.

The Other Positions: 

Of course, top four is good but the most important question for any team is who is going to win the league?  And with their comfortable position, Chelsea are looking to be clear favourites, with all the bookmakers having them top of the pile come the end of the season with little doubts.

Their form is very impression with their ruthlessness showing the kind of approach that wins competitions – in games against teams outside the top six, they have won 15 and only drawn one of their games.  Added to that, they only have two more games against top six sides so if they continue in this vein, even if they lost those games, they would still be in a very strong position.

Erratic form among some of the other big contenders isn’t hurting Chelsea’s case either.  Teams such as Manchester City and Arsenal are lacking in consistency at times and this could hurt them.  Other teams, such as Tottenham, rely on star players such as Harry Kane and if they find these players are injured or suspended, their form could take a real hit.


Manchester United are definitely a good bet for anyone wanting to place a little money on the outcome of the Premier League.  They look to have a strong case to end up in the top four come the end of the season but it also looks like they will be no higher than second, with Chelsea in top spot.