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    Manchester United's Top Four Hopes  Hang In the Balance 




    Manchester United play host to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon knowing that their top four hopes will be all but over if they fall to defeat.

    Mourinho's men have been on  a disappointing run of form and have only manged two wins since September. With many people predicting Mourinho to steer United to the title this season, the red devils have often flattered to deceive and find themselves in sixth place in the premier league. With United 14 points adrift of premier league leaders Chelsea, it would take a monumental effort for Mourinho to deliver the title to Old Trafford this season, but more worryingly United are nine points off of fourth placed Manchester City and can ill afford to allow that gap to increase this weekend. Mourinho can take positives from United last three league games as United have arguable deserved to collect maximum points from games against Arsenal, West Ham and Everton. Only a late Leighton Baines penalty denied United all three points at Goodison Park after Fellaini fouled Idrissa Gueye late on to condemn United to their third successive league draw. Man United had chances to put the game to bed before Baines struck but yet again failed to convert their chances into goals. They spurned a number of opportunities against Arsenal before Giroud headed home the equaliser, while West Ham were also lucky to leave the theatre of dreams with a point.


    Fellaini's foul on Gueye cost United the win away to Everton


    United's Profligacy has been indicative of their season as they rank among the lowest in the league in terms of chances per goal with only West Ham and Southampton having a lower conversion rate. Previous games against Burnley and Stoke have yielded a lot of chances, but a combination of poor finishing and sensational goalkeeping have effected Mourinho's men. In his post match interview on Sunday Mourinho simply said 'we were the best team by far but we didn't win' and although their performances have entertained unlike under Van Gaal, Mourinho will know that ultimately results are all that matter. After they host Tottenham United travel to struggling Crystal Palace and then high flying West Brom. 

    United's Opponents on Sunday Tottenham have also arguably started the season in a disappointing fashion, but will look to put their champions league woes behind in order to mount another serious title challenge. Pochettino's men never quite felt at home at Wembley, but Spurs still remain unbeaten at White Hart Lane this season, while their defeat to Chelsea is the only defeat they have suffered in the league. After winning only one game in ten in all competitions Spurs have been back to their best this week with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Swansea alongside a comfortable victory in the champions league win over CSKA Moscow. The stakes will be high at Old Trafford and both managers will feel that a win is imperative if they want to stay in touch with the league's pace setters. 

    Manchester United Vs Tottenham Hotspur 
    Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
    KO: 14:15



    Elsewhere, Liverpool and Manchester City will look to recover from damaging defeats suffered at the hands of Bournemouth and Chelsea respectively. Liverpool led 3-1 at the vitality stadium only to capitulate and lose to a late Nathan Ake tap in. The defensive deficiencies often displayed by Klopp's men were once again evident yet this time their dynamic attack didn't score enough to save them. Liverpool would of surely felt the game was put to bed when Emre Can curled in an effort to make it 3-1, but the reds' overall lackluster second half display will be cause for concern for Klopp and the side clearly missed Matip in defense. Liverpool probably couldn't of wished for better opponents this weekend as they face a struggling West Ham who were dismantled 5-1 by Arsenal.

    City, on the other hand, lost a pulsating clash with Conte's revitalised Chelsea in a game that saw City finish with nine men. second half goals from Costa, Willian and Hazard cancelled out Cahill's own goal to give Chelsea their eighth consecutive win. The game ended on a sour note after a Sergio Aguero was sent off after a reckless challenge on David Luiz, which led to other players becoming embroiled in a brawl. Fernandinho was subsequently sent of for violently pushing Cesc Fabregas and the pair will miss City's visit to champions Leicester on Saturday evening.
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