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Manchester United’s opening few games gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reason to believe that his side could go on and win the title. Four wins from their opening five put them level on points at the top with Chelsea, yet their poor form since has been mocked – and a supercomputer has predicted them to finish outside the top four.
United have claimed just four points from their last six games as their title charge has effectively come to an end, with European football even looking precarious at this stage.
The FiveThirtyEight model looks at the market value of a team and their performance at the end of the previous season, coupled with expected goals – better known as xG.
Thus, the computer has predicted the full 38-game season and has put United in fifth position on 62 points.
Worse still for the Red Devils, it has estimated that local rivals Manchester City will win the league ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool with a tally of 85 points.
Manchester United are expected to miss out on the Champions League, a supercomputer predicts (Image: GETTY)
The computer has given them a 98% chance of qualifying for the Champions League, and a 49% chance of taking the title – much greater than next best Liverpool with just a 27% chance.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly is that the computer has predicted the currently high-flying West Ham to finish fourth.
The Hammers have made a superb start to the season, and are currently three points off the top of the league with almost a third of the games played.
And they are expected to finish on 64 points – two ahead of United – to bring Champions League football to east London for the first time in their history.
Making up the top seven are Arsenal and Brighton.
Arsenal have revived themselves this season after being bottom of the league with just three games gone, with the Gunners just six points off the summit of the league currently.
And they will be joined in the European spots by the Seagulls if the supercomputer is to be believed.
Tottenham are the biggest casualty of European football, with the Lilywhites expected to finish eighth.
Liverpool will not reclaim their title, the computer has estimated (Image: GETTY)
A supercomputer has predicted the final Premier League table (Image: projects.fivethirtyeight.com)
And down at the bottom, it is no surprise to see Norwich City relegated as the basement side.
The currently manageress side are expected to finish on 28 points as they suffer a second-successive instant Premier League relegation.
And in another shock prediction, cash-laden Newcastle United are expected to finish on 32 points, meaning a season in the Championship for new boss Eddie Howe.
Burnley survive in 17th on 39 points, with Watford predicted to be the third relegated side on 34 points.