Premier League Game Week 36 Review: Can Manchester United finish third?

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Manchester United managed to secure three points at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, on the other hand, suffered a shocking loss at the hands of Swansea City now that we’re in the 36th week of the Premier League.

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Wenger’s men lost 1 – 0 to Swansea at the Emirates. The Gunners’ boss wasn’t impressed with opponent’s defensive tactics.

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“We were unlucky I think against a team who refused to play completely and just defended,” Wenger said. “We’ve scored plenty of goals until recently.

“In the last two home games we didn’t score and that was frustrating when you have so much of the ball and play with such accuracy around the box.

“They defended well. They came just to defend with four defenders and six midfielders, and they defended. That’s it. If you win, you’re fantastic but if you lose people say to you, ‘Why did you not play?’ They won so they are fantastic.”

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With the league title already won, the Champions League spots are still up for contention. Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United are fourth on the Premier League table, just two points behind Arsenal. Although, the North Londoners have a game in hand and can easily grab the automatic qualification spot for the Champions League. The Gunners are set to face the Manchester giants at Old Trafford on Sunday and this match can be very crucial in deciding the placement of the teams at the top of the table. If United win both their remaining fixtures and Arsenal slip-up in two out of three matches, the 20-time English champions might finish above Arsenal after the final day.

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Manchester United grabbed a victory at the Eagles on Saturday and David de Gea was again the savior of his side. Mata and Fellaini netted one each in the 1 – 2 victory over Crystal Palace. Liverpool’s chances of retaining top four suffered a huge blow as the newly crowned champions Chelsea stopped Brendan Rodgers’ men at the Stamford Bridge. Liverpool’s outgoing skipper, Steven Gerrard scored the equalizer to John Terry’s 5th minute strike in the 1 – 1 draw in London. Terry’s goal on Sunday has made him the highest goal scoring defender of all times.

In the post match conference, Brendan Rodgers admitted that they will have to be satisfied with the Europa league spot. He said, “We sit in fifth place and that’s probably where we’re at. If we want to make the next steps, we need to find some acquisitions in the summer to help us do that.

“The players that I’ve worked with have been brilliant, given everything. Like today, we’ve been very unfortunate.”

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The former champions Manchester City were rampant against Queens Park Rangers and have now climbed up to the second spot on the table. QPR’s relegation got confirmed after the 6 – 0 loss to City. Sergio Aguero bagged a hattrick in the goal fest on Sunday. Burnley won 0 – 1 against Steve Bruce’s Hull City but it was all in vain as they also got relegated from the English top division. One of Hull City, Newcastle, Sunderland and Leicester are in danger of taking up the last spot.