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Man Utd relying on ex-boss as rule change may seal Champions League in sixth-place

The Premier League looks likely to join the Serie A in receiving an extra spot in next season’s Champions League through 2023/24 coefficient points.

However, United are currently at risk of missing out on the top five. They trail Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa by 11 points, although they have a game in hand on the latter.

There is a possibility that Champions League qualification can incredibly be achieved with a sixth-place finish, though, as unlikely as it may be.

If Moyes guides West Ham to a fifth-place finish and win the Europa League, there would be six Premier League clubs in the competition next season.

That’s because the extra coefficient spot only applies to a team’s domestic finish and doesn’t account for Champions League and Europa League winners.

West Ham would gain a Champions League spot by winning the Europa League, meaning the coefficient qualifier would be the team in sixth in the Premier League.

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But it goes without saying that something of a miracle would have to occur for that outcome to unfold.

West Ham are 12 points off the top five with just 18 points left to play for and Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in their run-in fixtures.

They have also been drawn against Bundesliga champions-elect Bayer Leverkusen in the quarter-finals.

Xabi Alonso has overseen an unbeaten campaign in all competitions so far and seems destined to guide Leverkusen into a Dublin final against Liverpool in Jurgen Klopp’s farewell game.

Even if Moyes’ side lifted a second successive European title and squeezed into fifth, United would still need to leapfrog one of Tottenham or Villa themselves.

Four favourable league fixtures give the Red Devils a good opportunity to gain ground on Spurs and Villa in the coming weeks.

A trip to 12th-place AFC Bournemouth on Saturday is followed by a home double-header against Sheffield United and Burnley, sat in 20th and 19th, respectively.

United then visit Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, an unhappy hunting ground in recent seasons but the Eagles are 14th and remain in the relegation picture.

In the same period, Spurs go up against Newcastle United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, with a postponed match against Manchester City to be scheduled.


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