Paul Merson issues warning to Arsenal: Man United aren’t out of top-four race
The retired England international believes Manchester United can still sneak a top-four finish
Paul Merson has warned Arsenal that Manchester United aren’t out of the top-four race.
The Red Devils have kick-started their 2016-17 Premier League campaign in recent weeks after a run of five successive top-flight victories.
Jose Mourinho’s men started the good form with a 1-0 win against top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur after Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted a first-half winner at Old Trafford.
Manchester United edged to victories over West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace before a 3-1 win against Sunderland on Boxing Day to leave Mourinho’s side within touching distance of fourth-placed Arsenal.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Manchester United’s 2-1 home win against Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve at Old Trafford, Wright explained why the Red Devils can finish in the top four.
“You’d say Chelsea have guaranteed top four already, but the others – there’s five teams for three places. United are on a run, Spurs are back to their best, Arsenal scraping wins – United definitely aren’t out of it,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Though I do see United or Spurs winning the Europa League, which would also secure a Champions League spot, as they are the two strongest sides in the competition with Shakhtar behind them, so they both have that last resort.”
Manchester United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season behind Manchester City who secured the final Champions League spot.
The Red Devils signed four players in the summer transfer window following Jose Mourinho’s appointment.