Paul Scholes: The three fixtures that could define Man United’s season

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Paul Scholes has named three remaining fixtures that could decide Manchester United’s fate in the top-four race.

The Red Devils are facing a battle to secure a spot in the Champions League next season by virtue of their league position given Manchester United are facing intense competition from Arsenal, Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur.

The 20-time English champions slumped to a 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers last week to lose ground on Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to finish in the final two Champions League qualification spots.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had managed to restore Manchester United to the top four last month after he inherited the Red Devils side in sixth place and 11 points adrift of fourth spot.

But Manchester United have faltered over the past few weeks following losses on the road to top-four rivals Arsenal and Wolves.

The Red Devils will face West Ham, Everton, Manchester City, Chelsea FC, Huddersfield and Cardiff in their remaining fixtures in the league.

And Scholes believes trips to Everton and Chelsea FC, as well as their derby clash against Manchester City at Old Trafford, could define their season.

“I think looking at the fixtures you’d be fancying Arsenal,” Scholes told the Premier League Show.

“But Watford away, Wolves away difficult, Leicester away difficult, Burnley away – they’re all difficult games at this stage of the season especially when the prize is so big.

“Even look at United’s fixtures, tough fixtures. I think they’ll be OK against West Ham but you’ve got Everton away, City at home, Chelsea at home, the last two [against Huddersfield and Cardiff] they should win.

“Chelsea as well have Liverpool and Man United away. Tottenham have City away but other than that you’d fancy Tottenham to finish strongly.”

Manchester United have only managed to finish in the Premier League’s top four on two occasions since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager in 2013.

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