Today could be potentially a great day for Manchester United in terms of taking a firm grip on the top four spots in the Premier League.
A home game against Aston Villa, on paper, is a tie where Louis van Gaal‘s side should go into with great confidence after convincing wins over Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, and three points is the only result which will be good enough.
There is interest elsewhere for United fans today because Arsenal take on Liverpool at the Emirates. If the Gooners win, United would open up an eight point gap over the scousers in fifth spot with a win over Villa but a draw could see United jump into third place with the same result.
With that in mind, we asked our followers what they thought the best result is for United:
@PeoplesPerson_ Top 4 is the priority so Arsenal win or draw is perfect
— Baeley Blind (@DaleyFckinBlind) April 4, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ definitely draw! But most of all we need to beat Villa!
— Jonathan Heys (@jonnyheys) April 4, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ arsenal win so that we don't have to worry a lot about Liverpool ! And also a huge blow to their top 4 finish hopes
— Salman (@SalmanRooney) April 4, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ arsenal win
— ConstantRed (@ConstantRed) April 4, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ I'd rather have Arsenal lose do us a favour closing them down.
— Ali Mohammed (@lee_moha) April 4, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Arsenal win!
— Stephen Mullins (@StephenJMullins) April 4, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Anything but a Liverpool win will do for me
— Daniel Feliciano (@dmf180593) April 4, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Arsenal win. Gap between ourselves and Liverpool opens up. Arsenal can still drop points later too against Chelsea & us.
— Aran Sohal (@AranSohal) April 4, 2015
As most United fans point out, securing the top four is the priority this season so an Arsenal win would give the biggest safety net over Liverpool.
That being said, why simply aim for fourth? A draw could see United jump into third and have a seven point gap over Liverpool which is still comfortable.
Overall, anything but a Liverpool win today puts United in the perfect position to take advantage of an opportunity against Villa. Bring on the game at Old Trafford.