Europa League: Why Man United, Arsenal are now supporting Man City

Europa League: Why Man United, Arsenal are now supporting Man City

With the Premier League now hitting the homestretch and Man City and Liverpool now clear favourites to lift the Premier League title, a new battle to avoid finishing sixth is now brewing up.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United have endured a disappointing run in recent weeks, blowing up glorious chances to seal a top four place.

The two sides were held to disappointing draws to Huddersfield and Brighton at the weekend, results that crashed their hopes of qualifying for Champions League.

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Whereas Arsenal still stand an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League, they will still be keen to finish above Man United as a precaution.

Both Arsenal and United have a match left to end the season, with the Gunners set for a tricky away trip to Burnley as the Red Devils host already relegated Cardiff City at Old Trafford.

A win for United would see them leapfrog Arsenal to fifth - that is if the Emirates outfit lose or draw against Burnley.

This would compel the Unai Emery-tutored side go all out in the Europa League and win it - should they qualify for the competition's finals.

However, if they do not win the European tournament and finish sixth in the league, they face a very early start to the 2019/20 season.

This is because the Premier League's sixth-placed side will be forced to enter Europe's secondary competition in the second qualifying round in July.

In complete contrast, the team that finishes fifth will go straight into the group stages of the Europa League, a campaign that will officially start in September.

If Arsenal win the Europa League later this month, they will gain automatic qualification to the European elite competition.

But should the Gunners claim the title and the Red Devils finish sixth, United will not be bumped up to go to the group stages of the Europa League.

Notwithstanding, both Arsenal and United will uncharacteristically be hoping Man City can win the FA Cup.

City are set to battle Watford in the finals of the competition mid-May, with the winner earning automatic qualification to Europa League.

But with the Manchester outfit already assured of a Champions League place, their berth from winning the FA Cup would go to the seventh-placed team, Wolves in this case.

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