Manchester United picked up a milestone victory over Watford on Saturday afternoon, becoming the first club to reach 2,000 Premier League points.
However, they still finished the day in sixth position after Liverpool beat Tottenham to prevent the Red Devils leapfrogging them into fifth.
Goals from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial at Old Trafford extended United’s unbeaten run to 16 games. It moved them to just two points off second and within touching distance of a Champions League place. What it didn’t do was move them out of sixth position for longer than a couple of hours.
Sixth is where Jose Mourinho’s team have sat in the league table since victory over Swansea on November 6 2016 – that’s a total of 14 weeks in the same position, and Twitter users have posted some hilarious reactions.
Man United trying to escape 6th place like pic.twitter.com/so5DBCKSHH?ssr=true
— FootyVinesToday (@FootyVinesToday) February 12, 2017
⚡ Man United are back in 6th place… again https://t.co/R6pLMCbPuF
— Mark Riches (@MarkRiches1) February 12, 2017
Man United can literally win every single game left in the season & still finish in 6th… FFS
— alejandro (@reezitv) February 12, 2017
5th is temporary 6th is permanent. Ask Man United!
— Alhaji Yamamoto (@BlaqSnob) February 12, 2017
No greater love story than Man United and the 6th this season.
— Ronald. (@ThePharaoh17) February 12, 2017
— Dazzler (@godfrdr) February 11, 2017
Win-6th, draw-6th, lose-6th, play phenomenal-6th, play abysmal-6th.
I admire Man United’s consistency under Mourinho. https://t.co/sMRNfbn8el
— ArsenalCat (@catyeboah) February 11, 2017
— jaycee brown (@jayceebrownbook) February 11, 2017
Man united and sixth place are looking like a better love story than twilight
— Soufian (@SoufianDahdouh) February 11, 2017
Man United have gone 16 PL games without defeat…their longest unbeaten streak since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. Still sixth.
— Max Bentley (@MaxBentley1) February 11, 2017
With their next Premier League game scheduled for March 4 and seventh-placed Everton too far behind to leapfrog them, they are guaranteed to be sixth for at least another 20 days.
If they continue their brilliant run of form, Mourinho will be confident of a top four finish, but for now they are the cause of amusement to internet users everywhere.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena