Supercomputer says Manchester United won’t qualify for Champions League


A Premier League supercomputer has predicted Manchester United will not qualify for the Champions League next season.

Instead, he indicates that David Moyes’ West Ham will earn a top-four spot by three points, United in fifth.

However, these FiveThirtyEight supercomputer predictions come before interim boss Ralf Rangnick takes over United for the first time in Sunday’s home game with Crystal Palace.

Still, it gave the Red Devils less than a percent chance of winning their first league title since 2013.

Their chances of qualifying for the Champions League, he says, are only 24%.

United have not won an away league game since their 3-0 win over Tottenham on October 30, although they drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in November.

Meanwhile, the supercomputer predicts Manchester City are on track for a sixth league title, propelling Liverpool to first place by a point.

Pep Guardiola’s side have a 46% chance of retaining their crown.

After Saturday’s Premier League round of fixtures, he predicted that the current top four will end up in the positions they currently hold.

Chelsea are expected to finish eight points off pace while United are expected to end the season with 60 points, 27 points behind City.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Brighton round out the top eight while Leicester City, which narrowly missed out on Champions League football last season, are expected to not qualify for any European competition in ninth place.

Norwich City are set to come straight down to the league finishing at their lowest with Newcastle United joining them on the same number of points (31), despite their takeover at a big price.

Burnley is seen as the third team to suffer the drop, with Watford securing another season of top-level football by a two-point margin.

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