Midfielder Nemanja Matic has admitted he believes Manchester United will have to win “almost every game” if they are to win the race for the final top four spot this season.
With nine games to play, United, who face Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday, are currently sixth in the table, four points behind Arsenal in fourth. The Gunners have a game in hand in Ralf Rangnick’s side and have won six of their last seven games, underlining that the momentum is on their side.
United were widely expected to mount a real Premier League title charge this season after an impressive summer recruitment drive, which ended with Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club, but has come a long way. Instead, they face the damaging prospect of missing out on Champions League football altogether for next season.
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But with the odds stacked against United in the battle to secure the final Champions League spot, Matic remains wary of the Reds’ chances. He admitted that no one in the camp “will give up”.
“We have to finish in the top four, that’s our goal and we’ll do everything we can to achieve it,” Matic said. talkSPORT. “I think we can do it, but, of course, we will have to win almost every game until the end of the season.
“I think it’s possible and we will do everything for it and never give up.”
United’s remaining nine matches this season offer a real mixed bag of opponents. While they still have to face Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, who are all looking to achieve different goals at the top of the table, United must also lock horns with relegation-threatened Everton and Norwich City, as well as Brentford, on the weeks to go. to come.
But the Reds’ fortunes won’t be defined by the outcome of their clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea, where they should try to compete with those currently above them in the table. The outcome of their campaign will be decided based on their misadventures against Everton and Aston Villa at Old Trafford earlier in the season, before the real rot set in.
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