Manchester United Europa League and Conference League reality explained after Spurs loss

Manchester United watched as rivals Manchester City cruised to yet another title on Tuesday as they faced a very different challenge in front of them.

Tottenham’s defeat to the champions does not affect United’s chances in European football, given that they could not be caught in fifth place. However, they could secure Europa League football depending on how they do in their final two games.

Instead, United could miss out on European football for the first time in a decade if they lose to Newcastle on Wednesday and Brighton on Sunday. Erik ten Hag is fighting for his job at Old Trafford and two more defeats and no European football would certainly bode ill for the Dutchman.

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Here are the permutations for European qualification in either the Europa League or the Europa Conference League.

For the 6th

For United to finish sixth, they need to pick up at least four points from their remaining two games. If they win one and draw the other, they can finish sixth if Newcastle (sixth) and Chelsea (seventh) lose both of their remaining games.

Also, if United win both of their final games and Chelsea and Newcastle manage to pick up just two points in theirs, United will secure sixth place and guaranteed Europa League football.

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