Manchester United must now hope for “massive favors” as they trail Arsenal and Tottenham in the hunt for a Champions League spot.
The Red Devils have had a difficult campaign and their problems were evident in a fairly lifeless display in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City.
Leicester looked the better of the teams and could have won but saw a goal from James Maddison pushed back for a foul in the build-up.
The result leaves United, still under caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick, sixth in the Premier League table.
They are behind Arsenal and Tottenham and former defender Wes Brown, who won the hat-trick with the club in 1999, believes it is now an uphill battle for the Red Devils to finish in the top four.
He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “First of all the game, it was really, really disappointing, considering it was a game that we really had to win.
“We are chasing Arsenal now with the games in hand that they have.
“They are more than adequate in command and I just thought yesterday that we needed a little more urgency in the game, let’s attack a little more, but that wasn’t quite the case.
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“Leicester were quite comfortable and they had plenty of chances so it was disappointing.
“Now we’re looking for massive, massive favors everywhere. It could still happen but you look [needing] even Tottenham to mess up now.
He added: “It’s disappointing because even though we haven’t played well this season, we still had a chance for that fourth position.”
Manchester United were without Cristiano Ronaldo through illness and manager Rangnick admits it wasn’t a good performance, but he could see the potential in their second-half performance.
“The second half was the best, we were struggling to find the rhythm in the first half, maybe because of the international break,” Rangnick said.
“We gave away a goal in a moment of transition, but the reaction afterwards was good and scored a goal. In the end, we weren’t happy with the result, but the second half went well.
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