Right after the final whistle at Selhurt Park there was a sense of relief among the away fans and the United entourage as they had virtually qualified for Champions League.
With Liverpool’s failure to beat Chelsea, Liverpool were almost certain to miss out on champions league next season. With a inferior goal difference and need to win both their games with high goal ratio and hopeing United loose both
Man Utd’s can still hope for a higher position but they need to rely on results of Man City and Arsenal. With Arsenal losing to Swansea at home. There is a glimmer of hope but the Gunners have a game in hand.
If table stay as it is after all the games United still will have a tricky task at hand to qualify for the group stages of the Champions league.
The last time United had to qualify was in 1998 against Polish Champions LKS Lodz which the then premier league runner ups weren’t likely to loose.
With United likely to finish 4th they will still avoid the likes of 4th place Spain and German teams and 3rd place Italian team, but could still face Monaco/Lyon/Marseille/Ajax/Sporting Lisbon whichever finish fourth or Turkish powerhouse Fenerbache/Galatasaray/Besiktas. Russian giants CSKA Moscow or Shakhtar Donetsk could be tough opponents for United.
With Memphis Depay already agreed to join United after some quick movement from United to strike a deal with PSV. Still a few more players look certain to join United before the transfer window shuts, United hope to finish their transfer activity before the Champions League draws take place on 7th August.
And hope there is no panic buys inorder to avoid another early slump in the Champions League.
Provided all the transfer activities go as per schedule and United have a full squad before pre-season there would few doubters about wheather United would struggle to qualify for the group stages.