The advantage that Louis van Gaal's side currently have over their other top-four rivals is that they are consistently getting good results, according to former Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham.
He spoke of the lack of consistency that is currently affecting Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, who given their investments in recent seasons should be challenging for a top-four place.
"I think what you're seeing now is a lot of the teams that are in and around the top four there's no consistency from them, whereas Manchester United have got that consistency, they've won the last five in a row," he said.
United's results might be consistent but their performances are far from impressive. It's true that they have won five games on the spin, but it's also true that four out of the five have been won by a single goal.
Higginbotham may call it consistency, but others will probably call it luck. In some of those wins, the Arsenal and Stoke City fixtures to be precise, United often relied on the unbelievable heroics of their inform goalkeeper David de Dea to keep the opposition at bay
The 35-year-old went onto call out Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side for their lack of consistent results, but predicted that they, alongside United, will qualify for the Champions League next season.
He added: "Arsenal can't get that consistency. Arsenal I believe will be in the top four though, along with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City."