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Transfer Rater: Vardy to Man United

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Manchester United's top-four hunt remains alive and well

Jose Mourinho was grumpy all week long, complaining about the midday Sunday kickoff against Middlesbrough. It's a fair question to ask: why couldn't they play at, say, 6.30 p.m.? Ask the Premier League that question and they'll probably mumble stuff about traveling fans needing to get back home (apparently the 110 miles between Middlesbrough and Greater Manchester become difficult to cover after a certain hour on Sundays) or policing issues (were it up to the police alone, you feel every game would kick off at 8 a.m., to help cut down on prematch boozing).

He has a point but it will likely soon be forgotten following the 3-1 victory that lifts Manchester United into fifth place. With two games in hand over Liverpool in fourth, that four-point gap doesn't seem so big. And when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba return, you can expect the hunt for a Champions League spot to pick up in earnest.

To read more of Gabriele Marcotti's thoughts on what happened over the previous week, click here.

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