With just a handful of games remaining in the Premier League, the race for the European spots is heating up.
Arsenal and Everton are now most likely to finish fourth or fifth, therefore taking the last Champions League spot and a guaranteed Europa League spot.
As a result of Manchester City’s League Cup victory over Sunderland, sixth place in the Premier League will now qualify for the Europa League, a tussle which appears to be between Tottenham Hotspur in sixth and Manchester United in seventh.
The Red Devils have endured a bitterly disappointing campaign, though they can salvage something by pipping Tottenham to sixth spot and grabbing the last Europa League spot.
But, would that really be in Manchester United’s best interest?
A Europa League campaign has been looked upon in past seasons as a distraction to the Premier League, and United may well wish to take a glance at rivals Liverpool to see the benefits of fully focusing on the league.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have been able to rest between matches, and their star players have certainly reaped the benefits. The Reds currently top the Premier League, on a marvellous eight-game winning run and having scored a whopping 90 league goals.
Whilst glorifying Liverpool’s season is certainly not on David Moyes’ mind, there would be no shame at all in learning from their experiences for next season.
The Scot has been entrusted with guiding Manchester United back to the top, and the very least expected of the Red Devils is to qualify for the Champions League.
Purposely not winning the remaining games is not an option, and if United claim sixth spot, then the Europa League should be used to help younger players gain match experience, not wasting the energy of star players like Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata.
Whatever the outcome from this season, a clear mind and the hungriness to reach the top could be David Moyes’ most potent weapon next season – just like it has been Liverpool’s throughout this campaign.