Manchester United return to action after the international break with a tricky home clash against Everton this Sunday – it’s a game that the hosts simply must win.
A much-needed victory on enemy soil last time out reduced the side’s odds on sports betting site Titanbet.co.uk of finishing in the top four – but momentum is now needed to overtake City and qualify for the Champions League.
Everton are an unpredictable entity that can either be one of the hardest teams in the division to play or a pushover – what team turns up will dictate the result.
In Romelu Lukaku the visitors have a striker that United would love to possess, while the likes of Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu are sublime talents.
For United, the result is more important than performance.
The Old Trafford faithful have become a bit devoid of inspiration this season under Louis van Gaal, with the sublime football of yesteryear now a distant memory.
However, a scrappy 1-0 win would certainly be a perfect tonic in the race for the top four, with only a point separating the Red Devils in fifth place with City in fourth. The odds of it happening are 11/2.
With Wayne Rooney still out of action, Marcus Rashford has been a sensation in the United first team and scored the winner at the Etihad Stadium last time out.
The teenage sensation is 9/2 to score the first goal against the Toffees, with fellow attacking threat Anthony Martial at 5/1.
United put in arguably their best performance of the season in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park earlier in the campaign, winning 3-0 on Merseyside in rosier days.
The collective feeling is that a clean sheet will be hard to come by here, but for the hosts to prevent Everton from scoring comes in at odds of 31/20.
It appears that the race for the the top four will go right down to the wire, with a jostle between the two Manchester clubs for the last remaining spot.
With City facing a potential banana skin trip to Bournemouth on Saturday and one eye on Europe, United have a glorious chance to usurp their local rivals and take the ascendancy in the battle.