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EPL: Manchester Unitd's Next 3 Games That Could See Them Drop Crucial Points & Ruin Their Top 4 Hopes

Manchester United were thrashed 7-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday evening, one of the worst defeats in Premier League history. It was a humiliating defeat for both the club and its fans. Gakpo, Nunez, and Salah all scored twice in a historic, crushing win for the Reds, with Firmino scoring just days after it was announced he will leave at the end of the season.

Despite falling behind 1-0 before the break, United were arguably the better team. After the restart, however, they were completely destroyed by a more determined Liverpool side. Liverpool came out of the half more energized, and they capitalized on Manchester United defensive blunders to score six goals in the second half.

While Manchester United's title hopes were jeopardized, Liverpool increased their chances of finishing in the top four by moving up to fifth place in the league table. Given their recent hectic schedule, it is safe to say that the United players were tired before the game. They had just eliminated Barcelona from the Europa League, played a final against Newcastle, and had to stage a stunning comeback against West Ham in the seven days leading up to their visit to Liverpool.

Looking at the way they performed against Liverpool, United are likely to drop crucial points in the EPL top four race as fatigue sets in and a more difficult schedule awaits them.

Let's take a look at their next three upcoming games and why their top four hopes could take a hit in the coming weeks;

* Manchester United VS Southampton

Manchester United will play relegation-threatened Southampton in their next league game. Meanwhile, it should be noted that this game follows their Europa League match against Real Betis. This United players will be nearly exhausted for this game, and we all know that facing a relegation-threatened team at this time of the season is bad news. United could lose crucial points in this game.

* Newcastle VS Manchester United

Newcastle will seek vengeance following their defeat in the Carabao Cup. This game will be played at St Jame's Park, giving Newcastle the advantage of being at home. Given that the Magpies are also in the top four race, they will be hoping for a good result in this match. It should also be noted that this games comes after Manchester United would have played their second-leg match with Real Betis and an FA Cup quarter-final match with Fulham. The players would undoubtedly be exhausted prior to this game. This game is likely to see United drop points.

* Manchester United VS Brentford

Brentford are unbeaten in their last five games and appear to be a tough nut to crack at the moment. Brentford comfortably defeated the Red Devils 4-0 in their most recent meeting. For this game, the statistics are all stacked against Manchester United.

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