“Listen, it’s not over yet”- Pundit says top-four is still not secured for Manchester United

Former Manchester United player Paul Ince believes top four is still not secured yet for Manchester United

Former Manchester United player Paul Ince, as confirmed by Manchester Evening News believes that top four is still not fully confirmed for Manchester United after their 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

We are reaching the conclusion stage of the season where every game is crucial for mostly all teams involved as teams have something to fight for. For some it is the title fight, some are facing the relegation battle while we are in the middle of contesting for a top-four finish.

While still fourth in the league, the defeat to Brighton has given a glimpse of hope to Liverpool who are currently fifth in the league with 59 points, four points less than us with an extra game played.

Paul Ince
Paul Ince believes the defeat to Brighton has given Liverpool a glimpse of hope

Although a top-four finish is still in our hands, it would still be a tough ride until it’s fully confirmed and Ince believes that Erik ten Hag must be wary of the situation at hand.

“Listen, it’s not over yet. We spoke to Ten Hag about how important it is to get them into the Champions League, Liverpool are four points behind them now.

United have got a game in hand, but they’ve got to go to West Ham which is never an easy place to go. So, there’ll be a little glimmer in Liverpool’s eyes at the moment.”

If Liverpool win all their remaining games, they would end the season on 71 points and hence in basic mathematical terms, we need three wins out of the remaining five games to remove any doubt of bottling the top four.

The next away game against West Ham United is crucial and we need to secure the maximum points to maintain the gap between fourth and fifth.

Erik ten Hag happy with Manchester United seeing out narrow Aston Villa victory.
Erik ten Hag would be wary of not letting Manchester United bottle top four (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

West Ham find themselves in a relegation battle and therefore by no means would it be an easy game for us and we would have to be at our absolute best to secure the maximum points.

This season has been physically hard for the team who would finish the season with 62 games and it does look like the physical and mental toll of playing week in and week out is becoming evident as each week passes. We are in the last stride and the players must be willing to give one final push or else all the good work done throughout the season will go to waste.

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Ten Hag will be wary of that and would ensure that his team does not bottle at the last minute. Even against Brighton, we performed well in the first half and it could have been a different story had we taken our chances.

It is important we do that against the Hammers and in looking at the context of the season, we usually bounce back well after a defeat. Let us hope that is the case against West Ham.