United face Sunderland on Sunday ahead of their Europa League quarter-final clash with Anderlecht.
The Red Devils’ European ambitions for next season could be accelerated on demolished in a crunch week – before a weekend off.
Jose Mourinho has hinted he will put all his efforts into the Europa League – with the winners getting an automatic place in next season’s main tournament.
But a poor first-leg against the Belgian side could put ruin to that.
Their other route to the elite league is to come in the top four of the Premier League – but they are currently four points adrift of rivals Manchester City.
A shock defeat to bottom side Black Cats would be disastrous to their league hopes – and would effectively rule them out of a top four finish.
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United saved a point against Everton on Tuesday night – as Zlatan Ibrahimovic slotted a last gasp penalty to save their blushes.
They haven’t lost in the league since October 23 – when they tasted defeat to pace setters Chelsea – while David Moyes’ Sunderland have only managed a single win in their last 15 games.