How many wins do Man Utd need to secure top four finish? Remaining fixtures of Brighton and Liverpool
A look at what Manchester United need to wrap up a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
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Luke Shaw conceded a penalty deep into stoppage time to - literally - hand Brighton the win, and that meant the Red Devils missed a big chance to move a step closer to wrapping up Champions Leaguefootball. Though, United do remain in firm control of their own destiny as they go into the final games of the season.
Here we look at exactly what it will take for United to seal the deal between now and the final whistle of the campaign.
Here is the latest updated table as of the morning of Friday, May 5.
Wolves (H), Bournemouth (A), Chelsea (H), Fulham (H), Arsenal (A),
Arsenal (A), Leeds (A), Brighton (H), Leicester (H), Chelsea (A)
Brentford (H), Leicester (A), Aston Villa (H), Southampton (A)
Everton (H), Arsenal (A), Newcastle (A), Southampton (H), Man City (H), Aston Villa (A)
With United currently four points ahead of Liverpool with a game in-hand and eight ahead of Brighton having played a game more, the earliest they can secure top four assuming Brighton and United win their remaining games is with one game remaining.
That scenario would mean the Red Devils need a maximum of another four wins, but it is unlikely to be the case. Brighton are not likely to pick up maximum points, and United may not, either. Liverpool could yet make up ground to make things complicated, but Erik ten Hag’s men can add a much-needed cushion by winning their game in-hand.
United can be safe from Liverpool with two games to spare should they win their game in-hand, meaning they need a maximum of three wins from their remaining five to see off Jurgen Klopp’s men.