Manchester United back to fifth despite Bournemouth demolition. See why United could still finish in third place

Despite thrashing Bournemouth 5-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, Manchester United have slipped down to fifth on the league table again, courtesy of Chelsea’s victory over Watford.

The London side made sure they retained their place on the league table by seeing out Watford 3-0 on Saturday night, and now leave us hoping for a slip-up somewhere between now and the end of the season.

But a look at the remaining fixtures in the league this season shows Manchester United genuinely have a better chance to qualify for the Champions League than both Chelsea and Leicester City, who are ahead of United with three and two points respectively.

After match day 33, each team now has 5 games left, but we seem to have the most favourable fixtures – at least, on paper.

These include an away trip to Villa Park to face relegation threatened Aston Villa on July 9, a home match against Southampton on July 13, Crystal Palace away on July 16, West Ham at home on July 18, and a trip to Leicester City on July 26, the final day of the league season.

Our fixtures are relatively easier when compared to Chelsea and Leicester, who have to play tougher opposition in the coming days. Chelsea, for example, have a crunch away tie with Liverpool, while Leicester City still have matches against Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United before the end of the season.

It’s hard to tell what the final outcome will be for any of these teams because football isn’t always predictable, however, we’re hopeful of getting more points from our matches than Chelsea and Leicester City.

Take a look at their full fixtures list, and tell us what you think.

CHELSEA
Crystal Palace (away)
Sheffield United (away)
Norwich (home)
Liverpool (away)
Wolverhampton (home)

LEICESTER CITY
Arsenal (away)
Bournemouth (away)
Sheffield (home)
Tottenham (away)
Manchester United (home).