Manchester United, the most popular team in Asia as per telecomasia.net, have had a rapid turn of fortunes in the Premier League in the last month or so.
United looked on course to compete for the title last month when they were within goal difference of leaders Manchester City, who had a couple of games in hand.
However, they have since dropped off with the inconsistent form and a run of one win from the next five matches (four draws) has put them 14 points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s side.
The title pursuit seems over, but there is plenty to play for as their minimum aim should be to finish in the top four and guarantee their place in next season’s Champions League.
United’s form has been a concern over the past month or so, but the same can be about many teams behind them barring Chelsea, who seem to have picked up momentum since Thomas Tuchel became manager.
They are currently five points ahead of fifth-placed Everton, but face a tough challenge this weekend as they make the trip to high-flying Cityzens on the road.
Looking at the overall picture, they are better placed than their rivals who still have some catching up to do and should be regarded as favourites to make the top four after Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Red Devils also have a good chance of winning silverware through the Europa League this term and are considered as the front-runners to reach the final alongside Arsenal.
They have a tricky tie against AC Milan in the round of 16, but should back themselves to beat the Serie A outfit who have gone off the boil with just one win in their last four league games.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence is a blow for the Rossoneri. The Swede has been ruled out of the first leg with a thigh injury and his aerial threat in the box will be sorely missed.
United are also alive in the FA Cup where they are scheduled to face Leicester City in the quarter-final on the road later this month. They should be favourites to come out on top in the tie.
Just a few weeks ago, the Foxes were flourishing but injuries to James Maddison and Harvey Barnes have hindered their progress.
Barnes is out for around six weeks with surgery required, while Rodgers has said that Maddison could be out for few more weeks.
United are fancied to make a record 31st appearance in the last four of the FA Cup.
Their best prospect of ending a four-year trophy drought could be through the competition, given they need to win a maximum of three games, unlike the Europa League, where they have to contend with three double-legged ties before the final in Poland.
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