Manchester United still have enough time to earn an automatic Champions League qualification spot this season.

Yes, that means they must finish in the top three. But they still have the potential to do it.

United haven't performed at all well for large parts of the current campaign but as we all know, they usually come good as the season enters its dying stages.

Add to that the return of their talismanic strikers - Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney - as well as the crucial capture of Juan Mata, and Moyes has the players at his disposal to surprise the masses with a late flourish.

It looks as though Manchester City and Chelsea will contest the title but Arsenal in third and Liverpool in fourth are teams United have the ability to surpass.

The Gunners' upcoming fixture list is far from kind and with the injury and suspension troubles, they could easily fall away from the chasing pack.

Liverpool meanwhile seem to lack the strength in depth to maintain a prolonged assault on the title, and they are an injury to Suarez away from being what many have called the Red Devils this season: average.

As the season veers towards a tense climax, United face City and Liverpool at home as well as Arsenal away. They must sort out their home form as a win over their fierce rivals could prove pivotal in May.

Moyes must realise that the Old Trafford faithful still expect some form of attempt to retain their Premier League crown and it is surprising to see that the Champions League seems the best hope of salvaging something from a troubled season to date.

Yet it is an ambition well within the reach of the Red Devils. Once they decide on a settled back four and if the trio of Mata, Rooney and van Persie can begin to gel together, other teams will start to fear United once again.

And that is a key element. Teams no longer come to Old Trafford in fear and if Moyes can reinstall that with wins over the teams around them, a finishing position in the top three could become a reality.

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