Manchester United’s Champions League Hopes Still Alive

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: David De Gea of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 16, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: David De Gea of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 16, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images) /
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Paul Pogba of Manchester Unitedduring the UEFA Europa League quarter final match between RSC Anderlecht and Manchester United on April 13, 2017 at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
Paul Pogba of Manchester Unitedduring the UEFA Europa League quarter final match between RSC Anderlecht and Manchester United on April 13, 2017 at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images) /

In the recent weeks, Mourinho’s men have shown why they belong in the Champions League.

Despite a rough start to the season, United has made a big push for the top four, the most conventional ticket into the Champions League. Also, the Reds have been making waves in the Europa League; a less conventional route to the biggest European competition.

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In the Premier League, the Devils sit four points below 4th placed Manchester City. The two rivals meet again on the 27th of April. A win against the Citizens would help United’s case tremendously. With only seven games left, every point is crucial for a breach in the top four.

Additionally, Arsenal and Tottenham are two competitors left for United to face, and they are not the easiest of teams to compete against. However, Manchester United’s compelling win against Chelsea displayed the best performance of the season. If the Reds continue to play that level of football, anything is possible.

A breach in the top four is possible for Mourinho’s men, but it isn’t their only method to the Champions League.

Furthermore, Manchester United has been a dominant force in the Europa League. There has not been a team more compelling to win it all than United has.

The Red Devils face Anderlecht in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals on the 20th of April. With the first leg in Belgium being a 1-1 draw, United have a vital away goal that Anderlecht does not.

Now, Manchester United need to at least keep a clean sheet at Old Trafford to advance to the semi-finals. If United continue advancing in the competition they will obtain that important spot in the Champions League next season.

With the season coming to a close, fans desire a top four finish. Obviously, silverware in the Europa League would prove to be just as valuable. Once again, Manchester United could be amongst the European giants for the first time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.