Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Swansea

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Manchester United's Premier League clash with Swansea City on Sunday

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Sky Sports

Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to keep their top-four bid on track by beating Swansea City in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils head into the game fresh from their goalless draw with Manchester City on Thursday night as they look to keep their Champions League qualification bid on track.

Manchester United will secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season if they win all of their remaining games in the top flight.

And former Liverpool star Lawrenson is expecting to see the Red Devils take a step closer towards Champions League qualification by sealing a 2-0 win over the Swans at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Swansea need a win but, although they have beaten Manchester United home or away in each of the past three seasons, I don’t see them doing it again on Sunday.

“I don’t think United will be affected by their upcoming trip to Celta Vigo for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

“But Jose Mourinho’s side have trips to Tottenham and Arsenal either side of the return on 11 May, and that run of games could define his first season at Old Trafford.

“By the end of it we will probably have an idea of which competition offers them the best route into next season’s Champions League, but for now they are still trying to ring-fence a top-four finish.”

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Manchester United are through to the Europa League semi-finals and will take on Celta Vigo for a spot in the final of Europe’s second tier club competition next month.

The Red Devils finished fifth and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal last season.

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