Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has already hinted at his Alejandro Garnacho plan vs Man City

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has already hinted at his Alejandro Garnacho plan vs Man City

With just two Premier League games to go, Manchester United’s destiny is firmly in their own hands.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth, the Reds require just one point from their last two matches to secure a top four berth and clinch Champions League qualification for next season. Liverpool dropped points at home to Aston Villa, drawing 1-1, meaning United are now on the brink of achieving their main pre-season objective.

But although the job is almost done, you can guarantee that manager Erik ten Hag will take nothing for granted against either Chelsea on Thursday night or against Fulham on Sunday. Both London clubs will visit Old Trafford in the Reds’ final two matches.

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Furthermore, both games will represent auditions to make Ten Hag’s starting line-up for the FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on June 3. As well as being on the hunt for their second trophy of the season that afternoon, the Reds will also be aiming to stop their cross-city rivals from maintaining their hopes of clinching a famous treble.

United have faced City twice this season and have lost to them and beaten them. They were blitzed by an inspired performance led by Erling Haaland back in October, losing 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium, before strategically beating them 2-1 at Old Trafford with a measured and professional showing in January.

As is often the nature with cup finals, it is a rarity for one team to outscore the other by a bucket load of goals; they have a tendency to be settled by the odd goal most of the time. City, of course, are playing with a real swagger at this moment in time, frequently putting the opposition to the sword, whereas United are limping towards the finish line and struggling to score.

But on a one-off occasion, form and everything else that comes with it does tend to go out the window. United will fancy their chances.

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