Premier League top four race: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal are feeling the heat
English Premier League followers around the world know that Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are all in the hunt for top four position. Arsenal victory over Manchester United and Liverpool failure to beat Southampton has created further drama for the fans.
In their search for the UEFA Champions League football 2017/18, Liverpool hit a bump at Southampton. On Sunday James Milner missed a crucial penalty, when Liverpool was drawing 0-0 with the Saints. For Liverpool, it seems Gunners are the greatest threat. Still, Arsene Wenger men have much to do, if they want to qualify for the Champions League. United have their eyes on the Europa League, so they have something different in mind.
Arsenal is now their greatest threat, though Arsène Wenger’s men still have much to do if they intend to stage a late-season surge. Their opponents on Sunday, United, have their eyes on a different route.
What we have learned on this weekend is that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are in control of their own destiny of automatic spot in the Champions League group stages. Liverpool is currently at the third position, but their place is more risky than Manchester City. A trip to West Ham United is crucial and tricky for Klopp’s men. Their final fixture is against Middlesbrough, who are likely to have been relegated at the end of the season. Victories for Manchester City in next 2 matches assures them an automatic spot in the Champions League playoff.
As far as Manchester United is concerned, they have given up on qualifying for the 2017/18 Champions League place and putting all their efforts on Europa League. United’s away trip to Tottenham Hotspur is very important for Mourinho men. Spurs are unbeaten at home, so far in this season. Their next trip is to meet Southampton and then a home game against Crystal Palace.
So far Manchester United has struggled to show quality performance against the strugglers. In Europe, they just need to avoid the defeat that would guarantee them an automatic place in the Champions League 2017/18.