If there ever was an example for a football club being stuck in between a rock and a hard place, it has to be what Manchester United must be feeling at the moment. The Red Devils won their game against Norwich City and are just one point behind Manchester City in the race for the top four.
City for their part play Arsenal at the Etihad and Arsenal are three points ahead of the Citizens with each side to play just one more game till the end of the season. Manchester United might be happy knowing that they still have two games on their rivals for the fourth spot.
United have to play West Ham away and then Bournemouth on the last day of the season, while the game at home against the Cherries would be three points in the bag, United winning at the Hammers would be a tough ask.
Manchester City have to play Swansea City away from home on the last day while Arsenal have Aston Villa at the Emirates on the final day of the season. It does seem that all the sides will pick up three points on the last day of the season, so the game between Arsenal and City takes an important role in deciding who goes through into the Champions League.
The tougher thing will be which side should Manchester United fans cheer on when the teams meet on Sunday, City or Arsenal?
It should actually be a no brainer, while Arsenal and Manchester United go way back in the history of the Premier League as being rivals who were at loggerheads trying to win the title, those days seem to gone. Manchester City are the new force and it would be a shambles if they cannot make it into the Champions League next season, especially with Pep Guardiola in the side.
The Spanish manager has never managed in the Europa League and it would be a kind of low to manage in Europe’s second tier competition. Arsenal have a cushion in their three-point lead over City and should just try to avoid losing the game.
Manchester City are the biggest rivals for Manchester United at the moment and the need for them to drop out of the Champions League would only mean positivity for the Red side of Manchester. United did miss out on the Champions League two seasons ago but they came back thanks to Louis van Gaal and even though they are not playing the best of football, they are getting the results that they need to make it into the Champions League.
Grit and determination are etched on the faces of the Manchester United players and the fans should be cheering on Arsenal as they travel to Manchester to face the Blue half of the city. Manchester fans would want to see their rivals, City, get knocked off the Champions League places and that can only be done if Arsenal avoid a loss and United win their games.
Over to you Arsenal, half of Manchester at least is with you for the game on Sunday.