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The Manchester United hero says Arsenal are in the driving seat in Champions League qualifiers and the Red Devils even need a ‘massive favour’ to finish ahead of Tottenham

Manchester United must now hope for “massive favours” as they fall behind Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for a Champions League qualifying spot.

The Red Devils had a tough season and their troubles showed in a rather lifeless performance in the 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

Man United failed to secure a decisive win against Leicester

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Man United failed to secure a decisive win against Leicester

Leicester looked better from both sides and could have won but saw a James Maddison goal withdrawn for a foul in the build-up.

The result leaves United, who are still managed by interim manager Ralf Rangnick, in sixth place in the Premier League.

They are behind Arsenal and Tottenham and former defender Wes Brown, who won the treble with the club in 1999, believes it is now a difficult task for the Red Devils to finish in the top four.

He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “First of all, the game was really, really disappointing considering it was a game we absolutely had to win.

“We are now chasing Arsenal with the games they have in hand.

“They’re more than enough in the driver’s seat and I just thought yesterday that we needed a little more urgency in the game, a little bit more of a chance to get to them, but it shouldn’t be quite.


It was a tough afternoon for United as they failed to inspire their fans again

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It was a tough afternoon for United as they failed to inspire their fans again

Fred scored the United goal but that was all they could muster

Fred scored the United goal but that was all they could muster

“Leicester were feeling pretty good and had a lot of chances so it was disappointing.

“Now we expect huge, massive favors everywhere. It could still happen, but you’re watching [needing] even Tottenham are said to be screwing it up now.”

He added: “It’s disappointing because even though we didn’t play well this season, we still had a chance to finish fourth.”

Rangnick was delighted with the Man United fans

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Rangnick was delighted with the Man United fans

Manchester United were without Cristiano Ronaldo due to illness and manager Rangnick admitted it wasn’t a good performance but saw potential in the second-half performance.

“The second half was better, we had problems finding the rhythm in the first half, possibly because of the international break,” said Rangnick.

“We gave away a goal in a transition phase, but the reaction afterwards was good and we scored a goal. In the end we weren’t happy with the result, but the second half was ok.

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