United were overtaken by Liverpool on Saturday but regained second spot thanks to Sunday's 2-1 comeback win against Chelsea.
The fixture schedule has been kind on Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur this weekend with both clubs having the opportunity to put the squeeze on Chelsea in the battle to finish the season in the Premier League's top four.
"It still can't be classed as good enough, they had to win the league this year, but ultimately it is progression - but not good enough".
With Manchester United, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea fighting it out for the three spots behind Pep Guardiola's men, to guarantee Champions League qualification for next season, pundits up and down the land have been queuing up to have their say on who will make the cut.
Manchester United centre back Chris Smalling, too, highlighted the importance of Saturday week's clash, adding that finishing second is the "bare minimum" for United.
"That will go a long way to deciding it but I think United will come out on top overall".
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The Red Devils never finished lower than third under Sir Alex Ferguson but have failed to finish higher than fourth since he retired in 2013. "I think we are a very good team but there are some other good teams around us as well".
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"You've got to keep going", the skipper is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
"After that it might come down to who has the nerve and who has the deepest squad".
With City boasting a 13-point lead and another game in hand against Arsenal to come, one of the few competitive betting heats involving the elite clubs could be who will take second place.
Prior to facing United at Old Trafford, Liverpool must get through a home game against Newcastle, which will see Rafa Benitez return to Anfield as an opposing manager, and the home return leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie against Porto.
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