Premier League: Final top four standings predicted after Man United squander top four place

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The missed out on the chance to jump to third in the Premier League table after drawing with Southampton on Monday.

The Red Devils conceded in the 96th minute to draw 2-2, meaning they remain fifth in the table.

It was a bitter blow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who now have work to do to finish in the top four.

The battle for those places is intense. Chelsea are third while Leicester City, who have won one of their past six games, are fourth.

Sixth-placed Wolves remain in the hunt with three games remaining.

The battle will go down to the wire which, for the neutral, is great.

Four teams, three games to go, two spots. Bring it on.

We can get an inkling of how the final standings will look, though, thanks to FiveThirtyEight’s data analysis.

They’ve crunched the numbers and believe Chelsea and Man United will join Liverpool and Manchester City in the final top four.

Frank Lampard's Blues are given a 76% chance of qualifying for the Champions League, while United are given a 70% chance of doing the same.

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Interestingly, the Red Devils are given more of a chance of finishing third than Chelsea are.

Just one point separates the teams right now, although Chelsea's run-in is more difficult.

They travel to Liverpool for their penultimate game of the season and host Wolves on the final day of the campaign. Tricky.

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GIVEMESPORT's Scott Wilson says:

Man United will be hurting after dropping two points against Southampton, but they should still finish in the top four.

They're the in-form team and their run-in is more straightforward than those around them: Crystal Palace (A), West Ham (H), Leicester (A).

The Foxes, meanwhile, aren't playing well right now and face Sheffield United and Tottenham before that clash with United on the final day.

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The battle is finely poised, though, which is a great thing.

We were deprived of an exciting title race thanks to Liverpool's dominance but the top four will go to the wire.

So strap yourselves in and enjoy what's to come. It's bound to be dramatic.

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