From the Manchester United perspective Liverpool are gone now. Gone mate. Vanished. Disappeared over the horizon. They are playing superb football and racking up cricket scores every week.
There is no way that they can be caught and Manchester United just need to deal with that and get on with it. Liverpool are no longer the target. They will probably finish higher than fourth and are a far more compelling prospect than Arsenal – spanked blue at the weekend – right now.
It now appears that the force is with the top 3 teams. Arsenal’s deflating defeat at Chelsea has left more questions than answers and you would imagine that, if any of the top four are going to be caught right now, it’s them.
Tottenham could do it. They are grinding out results without playing particularly like Tottenham. Everton are two points back and Manchester United 3 behind The Toffees.
That puts Manchester United 11 points back from Arsenal with 8 games to go. Is it bridgeable? Logic suggests not. Arsenal have been largely consistent this season but failed against the top sides. They do have a really tough run in but the only way it’s going to happen is if Manchester United win all 8. If they somehow manage that they then Arsenal need 14 from those last 8 games to stay ahead of Manchester United. Arsenal play:
Swansea (h), Man City (h), Everton (a), West Ham (h), Hull (a), Newcastle (h), West Brom (h), Norwich (a).
With perhaps all but two of these teams desperately needing points this could be a really interesting run in.
But, unless Manchester United beat City tomorrow and clean up in their last 8 games, the improbable is surely impossible.
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