Paul Merson predicts where Man United and Tottenham will finish this season

Paul Merson is tipping Manchester United to battle back and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season

Paul Merson is tipping Manchester United to secure a top-four finish this season behind Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City.

The Red Devils have struggled to find consistent form in the Premier League so far this term but returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at Liverpool last weekend.

United are currently in fifth place in the Premier League table and two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures.

And former Arsenal man Merson feels that United are on course to step their game up in the coming weeks and secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.

Merson told Sky Sports News HQ: “I’ve been United’s biggest critic but Sunday’s win at Liverpool was a massive result and one that has convinced me that they will now get fourth spot. I can’t remember the last time they were impressive and that says something. You don’t just keep getting lucky.

“They’re in touching distance and they haven’t even started playing yet. They got a lot of criticism for their performance against Sheffield United but it was difficult for them with 10 men sat behind the ball. I was lucky enough to win the FA Cup and when I lifted the trophy I don’t remember it reading ‘Arsenal (but played badly in the third round)’.

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“Spurs will be in there but they won’t win it for the same reason I don’t think Leicester will make the top four. The pressure becomes immense in the final 10 games, as we saw with Riyad Mahrez missing that penalty. He strokes that into the bottom corner at the start of the season.

“If they do secure a top-four finish then that will be one of the biggest shocks in the history of English football. Wimbledon’s FA Cup win was five or six games. This is over 38 games, which is so much more difficult.”

United are preparing for their home clash against Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils finished fourth in Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge at the club but were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage last month.

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