Arsenal’s defeat to Swansea keeps Manchester United’s chase for third open

by Sam Peoples

After Manchester United triumphed 4-2 over Manchester City, a second place finish looked well within reach.

Only a few weeks later after a 1-0 loss to West Brom at home consigned Man United to a third consecutive defeat, fourth place wasn’t a guarantee any more.

Following that, a scrappy win over Crystal Palace was more than enough for United fans as top four was all but secured thanks to Liverpool’s draw to Chelsea but Arsenal’s slip up against Swansea will have got fans thinking – is third place a genuine possibility?

If United can beat Arsenal on Sunday, then there is a slim chance of finishing in third but it would still completely depend on Arsenal dropping points in their final two games.
After United this weekend, Arsenal have home games against Sunderland and West Brom left. For United to finish third, they have to beat Arsenal who would then need to either lose one of those games or draw them both, as well as United beating Hull City in the final game of the season.

While you’d expect Arsene Wenger’s side to win the two games, they are far from simple fixtures. Relegation threatened Sunderland should put up a real fight and although West Brom are safe in midtable, anything can happen in football.

In a Utopian world, United won’t have to play a UEFA Champions League qualifier in August. For that to happen, Arsenal have to throw it away but United can pile the pressure on with a win this weekend.

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