Manchester United can still make top four - here's why

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It's been a tough season for Manchester United to date - but finally there's some good news for embattled boss David Moyes.

As noted by the Daily Star, Manchester United only need to take a look at recent Premier League history to realise the race for a Champions League qualification spot is still very much alive.

Many United fans have all but given up hope of salvaging anything from this rotten campaign, but one look at tables past could change that.

The Old Trafford club is currently sitting in seventh place with 42 points after 26 matches. But other Premier League teams from recent history have recovered from similar predicaments to qualify for Europe's elite competition.

Back in 2006 Arsenal grabbed fourth spot at the end of the season despite having just 41 points after 26 games, while Liverpool in 2004 had only 39 points at the same stage.

In 2010, Tottenham finished in fourth spot after they recovered from just 43 points at this point in the season.

In fact, the Daily Star reports that the average number of points accrued at this stage in the season to finish fourth is 46 - United are just four points from this total.

Unfortunately for Moyes, the close nature of the Premier League title race this term means that the average points finish for fourth spot - 68 points - is likely to be under this year's final total.

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