Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he wants their city rivals, Manchester United, to win the Europa League so England can have five representatives in the Champions League next season.
Guardiola was speaking after his side strengthened their quest to finish in the top four, with a 5-0 spanking of Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The win takes City into third place, four points ahead of United in fifth.
Jose Mourinho’s team travel to Arsenal on Sunday evening, ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo next Thursday. The Red Devils hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg in Spain.
“We have four teams fighting for two places,” Guardiola told a post-match news conference.
“Hopefully United can focus on the Europa League and next season we shall see five English teams in Europe which would be amazing.”