Roy Keane told Sky Sports he is certain Manchester United will finish in the top four this season.
United finish fourth this weekend but could slip to sixth if Tottenham and Arsenal win their games in the hand.
By the same token, United can close the gap to third-placed Chelsea to just three points by winning our games, so it’s very tight at the moment and there’s still a lot of football to play.
United have yet to play Liverpool, City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, with those games all taking place between March and May.
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Former Red Devils captain Roy Keane was unequivocal in his response on whether United will secure a place in the Champions League.
Keane said: “Without a doubt” when asked if United would finish in the top four, before adding “strength at depth” as a reason for his confidence in the side.
Co-experts Jamie Redknapp and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink agreed with Keane’s assessment before the former midfielder added: “At least fourth.”
United can do that
Back-to-back victories over Brentford and top four rivals West Ham have seen confidence regain among United supporters.
The team is in a good moment, Ralf Rangnick has settled on a formation and seems like he’s on the verge of knowing his best starting XI, or very close to it.
Chelsea’s own decline in form has seen them slip out of contention for the title and look over their shoulder to claim a place in the top four.
That means United have not just one place up their sleeve, they may have two and Keane is right that United really should be aiming for third place.
There is still a lot to do before the end of the season but as Keane points out United have the depth of squad and the players will be highly motivated to secure Champions League football for next season.
United are now on a two-week break, with their next game set to draw in the FA Cup fourth round at home to Middlesbrough.
The next league game is an away game against relegation strugglers Burnley, whom United beat 3-1 at Old Trafford in December.
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