Manchester United’s Premier League schedule hits Liverpool, West Ham, Tottenham’s Champions League hopes
United were forced to postpone their game against Liverpool on May 2 due to fan protests at Old Trafford – and the postponement caused a stack of matches for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Red Devils have won three Premier League games in the span of five days, starting with Aston Villa (May 9) and then Leicester (May 11) ahead of the revamped game against Liverpool (May 13).
Solskjaer blasted the Premier League during the schedule and claimed it would be impossible to field a full-strength XI for all three games.
After losing captain Harry Maguire to injury in the 3-1 win at Villa, Solskjaer fielded a highly rotating formation with 10 changes on his side.
The result is a huge boost for Leicester’s Champions League qualifying hopes, but bad news for West Ham, Liverpool and Spurs, who are all chasing a top-four finish.
Top four races in the state
West Ham, fifth, must win their last three games and hope Leicester fail in their final matches against Chelsea and Tottenham.
Liverpool, in sixth place, could have a better chance as the fallen champions have four games to play.
If Liverpool won them all, Leicester would likely have to rack up four points against Chelsea and Spurs.
As for Spurs, they need to realistically win every game and hope Chelsea lose all of theirs.