Five Premier League games that could prove decisive in United's quest for Champions League football
Real Sport 101's Colin Millar picks out five clashes that show why the Red Devils are currently second in the Premier League.
Liverpool 0-0 United
"United were playing relatively free-flowing attacking football and dominating opposition sides yet showed little ambition to defeat Liverpool. It was the eighth league game of the season and finally saw Manchester City pull clear at the top – a position they would hold for the remainder of the campaign."
Huddersfield Town 2-1 United
"Huddersfield beat United for the first time in 65 years and exploited yet more weaknesses in Jose Mourinho's side. It was a first league win in six for the out-of-form hosts and showed that United's early momentum had truly evaporated following the scoreless draw at Anfield the previous week. The gap at the top grew to five points and, with Manchester City in form, the gap between the two Manchester rivals was exposed."
Arsenal 1-3 United
"This was a pulsating encounter which will no doubt go down as a classic not just of the 2017/18 campaign but of recent times in the Premier League. Two early United goals, a David De Gea masterclass, a Paul Pogba red card and a sea of chances for both sides. Pogba's red card ruled him out of the derby in a sour end for United, but this was a throwback to the days of these two playing out classics."
United 2-1 Chelsea
"United started this game in third, with a victory lifting them into second and a defeat plausibly seeing them sink to fifth. Willian opened the scoring for the visitors but Mourinho's men showed resilience in a rare comeback with Lukaku and then Jsesse Lingard proving decisive. The result put a six-point cushion between the hosts and Chelsea, in 5th, and gave them breathing space with 10 league matches remaining."
United 2-1 Liverpool
"An early double from Marcus Rashford gave United a hugely enjoyable victory at home to their bitter rivals and strengthened their grip on second spot. Unlike their drab draw at Anfield, this was a perfect Mourinho game-plan of exploiting opposition weaknesses and provided further evidence of their ability to defeat top-six rivals."