Gary Neville harbours hope United will KO Liverpool's CL dream

Champions League Pitch

Can Manchester United against the odds still make next year's Champions League?

It's difficult to know what's more unlikely, Manchester United to claw back the Premier League deficit or to win the Champions League.

They are presently 11 points off fourth place with 12 games to go, while in the Champions League even a two-legged tie against Olympiakos looks tricky considering their current form.

Cup competitions can be unpredictable though, even the Champions League - just look at how Roberto di Matteo led Chelsea to claim Europe's grandest prize in 2012.

That win, despite Chelsea finishing outside the top four in the Premier League, stripped Tottenham of their earned entry to the competition, and brought manager Harry Redknapp the sack.

Should United overcome the 16/1 odds against that they will lift the trophy, this is in fact the last year in which such an instance can occur.

UEFA announced new rules that the rule would be scrapped, and in such an event - England would have five teams competing in the following competiton, but...

Those rules only come into effect from 2015, as reported by The Telegraph last year, meaning the fourth placed team in this year's Premier League may just anxiously have to wait to ensure Manchester United are knocked out.

The possibility of getting one over on their rivals is certainly one which has former United defender Gary Neville salivating, after he revealed on Twitter he had been joking with fans of Liverpool that his old side could yet cause them heartbreak.

United's chances of winning the Champions League may be slim, but Liverpool will hope even such an eventuality doesn't affect them. Right now the talk on Merseyside is beginning to turn to the Premier League title, and it may be another unlucky team which would lose out.

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