Manchester United lost 4-0 to Chelsea back in October
Manchester United are four points off fourth-place Manchester City.
And although Jose Mourinho’s side do have a game in hand over their rivals, winning the Europa League appears their clearest route to securing Champions League football.
United are already out of the title race, with league leaders Chelsea hoping to increase their seven-point advantage over second-place Tottenham with a win at Old Trafford.
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Chelsea have already beaten United twice this season, including a 4-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge – the last time the Red Devils lost a league game.
And Ince is confident that even a defeat on Sunday (4pm) won’t affect United’s push for a Champions League spot.
“If Man United lose on Sunday, they can still make the top four,” Ince said.
“And, unlike other managers, Mourinho has two throws of the dice to secure a place in the Champions League next season, with the Europa League.
Jose Mourinho apologised for the 4-0 loss in United's next game
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Paul Ince believes Manchester United can make the top four this season
“For now, he can afford to see how it goes in both competitions, and work from there.
“If one route starts to close, he can start resting players in that competition and concentrate on the other.
“It’s going to be tough for United, but they’ve got a big enough squad to do it either way. It’s just about holding your nerve now for them.
“This is the most important time of the season and players must up their games.
“United have to get into the Champions League by hook or by crook because, if they don’t, they won’t be able to attract the very best players.
“The top operators want to play in the Champions League – and Mourinho is the right manager to get them there.”
Paul Ince was speaking exclusively to the Paddy Power blog.