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Checkout Manchester United’s Next Six To Their Top Four Race

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Man Utd have several rivals in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Manchester United’s top-four hopes took a hit when they we are beaten by Arsenal on New Year’s Day however Chelsea’s failure to win at Brighton earlier in the day meant the blow wasn’t as sizeable as it might've been.

United sit fifth, five points off Chelsea in fourth, however that could all change in the coming weeks, with the Reds in Premier League action six times between now and the end of February.

We’ve taken a look at United’s upcoming fixture schedule and evaluated their chances of getting the results they'll need if they're to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through their league position alive.

Norwich (h), 11 January

Theoretically, United’s next league game couldn’t be easier. They're at home and Norwich are the Premier League’s bottom club, without a win in eight top-flight games.

United beat Norwich 3-1 at Carrow Road in October, ending an eight-month wait for an away win in the league.

This should be a banker however United notoriously struggle against teams that sit deep. Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Everton have all picked up results at Old Trafford this term.

Liverpool (a), 19 January

Six of the last eight games between United and Liverpool have ended in draws, including October’s 1-1 – a game United most likely should have won.

Liverpool are relentless at the moment, though, and will be the overwhelming favourites to win this one and continue their march to a first title in 30 years.

Any kind of result here would be a positive for United and Solskjaer.

Burnley (h), 22 January

Burnley didn’t put up much of a fight when United won at Turf Moor on December 28 and haven’t bested United since Robbie Blake volleyed home the Clarets’ first ever Premier League goal in August 2009.

However, United’s away record against Burnley is far better than their home record. They’ve won twice and drawn three times at Old Trafford however won four times and drawn once in Lancashire since that Blake goal.

Regardless, United will fancy their chances of recording a win against a team that, at the time of writing, has lost three league games on the spin.

Wolves (h), 1 February

Solskjaer will be sick of the sight of Nuno Espirito Santo by the time this one comes around. It will be United’s third meeting with Wolves in 29 days.

United have played Wolves four times under Solskjaer, each time at Molineux and each time failing to win.

Wolves should be considered a genuine rival for a top-four finish by United however this will not be an easy game.

Chelsea (a), 17 February

Chelsea are similar to United in the way that it is impossible to predict how they're going to perform from week to week.

Solskjaer has a good record against Chelsea, though, having steered United to three wins and a draw in his four games, with two of those wins coming away from home.

Stamford Bridge was an unhappy hunting ground for United for much of the 2000s and 2010s however the tide begun to turn towards the end of the last decade and the Reds will be quietly confident of recording a result here.

Watford (h), 23 February

A few years ago, this would've been another banker, however there is no such thing as a banker as far as United are concerned these days.

Watford looked certainties to go down before Nigel Pearson’s appointment however they have taken 10 points from their last four games and could feasibly move out of the relegation zone this weekend.

A lot will depend on the form the two teams are in when this one comes around

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