With Chelsea and Manchester City all-but secure of ending the season in first and second place, two more spots in the race of Champions League qualification are up for grabs with five teams in the hunt.
In some quarters, there could be a suggestion that the race for the top four is arguably more exciting than the title, especially given the competition and the likelihood of it going to the wire.
Spurs, Arsenal, Southampton, Liverpool and of course the Red Devils are in the contenders, and Hoddle still maintains that the latter could miss out if they don’t get their act together quickly.
“It is important they do work out a style which does flow in these final months of the season. Next season, of course, the expectation will be much higher,” Hoddle explained.
“But they do need that top-four spot to ensure they can keep recruiting the best players next season. And that is not at all certain.”
“Tottenham are coming on a good run; Arsenal have Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck coming back; Liverpool already have Daniel Sturridge back, which should make an enormous difference.”
“Plus, my old club Southampton are so well set up that they will cause all those teams more worries before the season is over.”
“I said at the start of the campaign that United would not finish in the top four unless they got their defenders back. It’s still looking like it will be a close-run contest and, with a couple of their rivals in the ascendancy, United cannot afford to look like a team in transition.”
The Gunners’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League once again took a step backwards at the weekend as they suffered defeat at North London rivals Tottenham.
The result meant that Mauricio Pochettino’s side leapfrogged the Emirates outfit into fifth spot, two points behind Saints who left it late to beat Queens Park Rangers at Loftus road.
The team furthest back is Liverpool – three points behind sixth-placed Arsenal – following their 0-0 draw with Merseyside rivals Everton.
However, the Reds have shown over the past six weeks that they’re beginning to show signs of last season’s startling form and they currently boast the longest undefeated run in the league, eight matches.