The unbeaten run continues but not in the way we have always wanted and desired it. The 2-0 win over potential title winners Chelsea last week and relegation-threatened Burnley on Sunday by the same scoreline have boosted our chances of a top four finish.
Our situation has also been helped by Liverpool’s lose to Crystal Palace, giving us a brighter chance of breaking into the Premier League quartet, if we would take our chances.
Currently sitting fifth in the league standing with 63 points, just a point behind our next opponents in the league Manchester City, and three points behind third-placed Liverpool who have played two more games. A win over Pep Guardiola’s men would settle the dust over our Champions League qualification.
Of course, we should expect some tough reactions and play from the Citizens after losing to Arsenal in the semi-final of the FA Cup,- which translates to Guardiola will ending the season without any silverware, the first time in his managerial career.
Winning our remaining fixtures may look tough on paper but winning those matches is not unrealistic. The trip to the Etihad stadium on Thursday night will be followed by a home match to Swansea on Sunday to round off the fourth month of the year.
The last month of the season starts with a trip to Celta Vigo for the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals, which is followed by consecutive visits to London against Arsenal and Tottenham respectively, then the second leg of the semi-final and the last two league matches of the season against Southampton and Crystal Palace, which could be followed by an appearance in the final of the Europa League.
Injuries have not being friendly with us this season, especially as everything get heated up. Both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are ruled out of the season, they have joined Juan Mata, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling on the sidelines. Paul Pogba appears to be the latest casualty and is doubt for the Manchester derby.
However, the return of Wayne Rooney may turn the tide in our favour, the English legend grabbed a goal against Burnley on Sunday. Also Marcus Rashford – currently in hot form, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial should shoulder the attacking role perfectly.
Avoiding dropping points will definitely set the path right for us while also hoping our rivals drop some points.