Manchester United’s loss against West Brom yesterday allowed Liverpool to close the gap between them and fourth place to four points with three games remaining.
It was Man United’s third consecutive defeat and throws Louis van Gaal back into the rat race which the club had done so superbly to get out of with a run of six wins in a row.
An unthinkable fourth defeat on the trot, combined with Liverpool upsetting the odds to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, would see them breathing down United’s neck only a point behind the elusive Champions League qualification spot.
United’s game against Arsenal on the penultimate weekend of the season always had the potential to be an extremely important game in the season and one fan made a bold prediction when talking to United Peoples TV outside Old Trafford: United won’t get Champions League football if they lose to Arsenal.
One thing is for sure: after United’s stunning form with wins over Spurs, Man City and Liverpool, a top four spot looked like a certainty but United’s downturn in form has thrown the race wide open again.