Young tells United to aim high

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Ashley Young has challenged Manchester United to storm to the finish line in the race to make the Premier League’s top four, while Liverpool aim to take another step towards the Champions League.

With leaders Chelsea and second placed Tottenham clashing in the FA Cup semifinals, the fight for Premier League supremacy is on hold until next week, but there is still plenty at stake in this weekend’s fixtures.

Significantly, the other FA Cup semifinal features Arsenal and Manchester City and their leave of absence in the league means United have a golden opportunity to close the gap on the top four.

Jose Mourinho’s fifth placed side breathed new life into their Champions League push with an impressive 2-0 victory over Chelsea last weekend and a win at Burnley on Sunday would leave them only one point behind fourth placed City.

Despite a series of spluttering performances at Old Trafford, Mourinho’s men are unbeaten in their last 22 league games and United winger Young is confident a return to Europe’s elite club competition after a one-year absence is well within their reach.

They can also reach that goal by winning the Europa League after making the semifinals on Thursday.

“I don’t think a lot of people saw that scoreline against Chelsea coming or the type of game to be honest. We did,” said Young, whose team beat Anderlecht to reach the Europa League semifinals on Thursday.

“We have belief in ourselves. I have confidence in every single player. There is great competition in the squad.

“A lot has been said about how we want to finish fourth but I am that kind of person who wants to achieve more than that. I want to finish higher than that.”

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