Arsenal and Chelsea‘s Europa League results against Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt could mean Manchester United‘s job to qualify for the Champions League is even more difficult.
The Gunners fought back from a goal down to win 3-1 at the Emirates thanks to a first-half brace from Alexandre Lacazette and a late Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang effort, following Mouctar Diakhaby’s 11th-minute goal for the Spanish side.
Meanwhile, Chelsea also came from a goal down with Pedro canceling out Luka Jovic’s strike to draw 1-1 in Frankfurt.
Both English clubs will now feel they’ve got a great chance of competing in the Europa League final, which will be staged in Baku on May 29.
And it means there is now a strong likelihood that United could be the only ‘big six’ team not to qualify for next season’s Champions League — with the winners of the Europa League getting an automatic spot.
And United could even be denied a Champions League spot if they finish fourth and English teams win both European competitions.
There is a slim chance that Tottenham Hotspur could finish fifth and lift the Champions League trophy. And if that happens, while a sixth-placed Arsenal or Chelsea wins the Europa League, the team who finishes fourth in the Premier League will be denied a Champions League spot.
A maximum of five teams per country and play in the tournament.
United are three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League and one point off Arsenal (fifth) with two games to go.