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Manchester United just crashed and burned against West Ham in the Premier League, putting their Champions League chances in doubt and confirming our top four status.
Manchester City can still potentially catch us, but United no longer can. We could still finish fourth and have to play a qualifier to gain access to the Champions League, but with Aston Villa as our last fixture it seems impossible that we won’t get third at this point.
West Ham took the lead via a deflection in the first half against United, and kept their lead until the break. Anthony Martial got two back for the Red Devils in the second half to give them the lead for the first time in the game, but they let their lead slip and West Ham ended up with a 3-2 victory.
It was obviously a great way for West Ham to celebrate their last game at Upton Park before their move to the Olympic Stadium, but all we really care about is the fact that Man United are now no longer a threat. Arsene Wenger looks to have secured Champions League football once again, and provided we don’t somehow manage to finish fourth and then lose in the qualifiers, we’re into the group stages alongside Europe’s elite next season.
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There’s also still an outside chance that we could pip Tottenham to second spot, although we’d need a huge favour from Newcastle. The Magpies will be fighting for their survival so could put in a super human performance against Spurs, and if they get the win and we beat Villa (which we’d better) then there’ll be a last day of the season St Totteringham’s day.