Finishing the season in the top four of the Premier League earns you a place amongst Europe’s elite in the UEFA Champions League. For the biggest clubs in the world - such as Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid - qualification for this tournament is considered the minimum requirement, whilst Manchester United have fallen away in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, having to settle for the Europa League.
However, after a questionable start, there could well be a reason to celebrate at Old Trafford before season’s end, with a late charge for the top four.
United are blessed in the form of stature and prestige that has been steadily cultivated on a global scale during the explosion of the English Premier League on the international stage, and so the club rarely struggle to persuade stars to move to the Theatre of Dreams.
The pull of top-class European football is desired though, and maintaining the club’s status in the Champions League will bring benefits to United, both commercially and professionally. Before the intermission, United were in scintillating form and are now unbeaten in their previous 11 matches in all competitions.
So, the question remains: can United achieve a top four finish in 2019-20? Currently, the club sit as the 7/4 underdogs behind Chelsea at 8/13 and Leicester City at 1/6.