Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have given their verdicts on whether Manchester United will finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Red Devils looked to be heading for third place with three points all-but secured against Southampton on Monday night, but a late Saints equaliser came as a big dent to their hopes.
However, Neville believes United are still on course to finish in the top four, with the former right-back also backing Chelsea to complete the quarter alongside Liverpool and Manchester City.
“I would have put Manchester United well in front if that hadn’t happened in the last minute just because of the fact that they are in great form,” Neville said in the latest episode of his Sky Sports podcast.
“They have got Crystal Palace on Thursday who seem like they have switched off. I was at the Chelsea game a couple of weeks ago and they played quite well but they have had disappointing games in and around that.
“Chelsea have got Norwich City tonight and you would expect them to do the job. But Leicester have got some tough games. Leicester have Tottenham on Sunday and Sheffield United before that, with United on the final day.
“You would say at this moment in time Manchester United and Chelsea are still favourites. But that result against Southampton will just put a seed of doubt in their minds that wasn’t there before.”
And midfield great Scholes echoed his former teammate’s comments and tipped United’s league last game of the season – a clash with top four rivals Leicester – to be a blockbuster fixture.
Scholes told Premier League Productions : “I don’t think it’s (the top four race) changed that much. Obviously they would have liked to have won the game and get into the top three. But they’ve still got to win the games.
“Even if they’d won three or 4-1, it didn’t really matter. They’ve still got to beat Crystal Palace, West Ham, and then Leicester. I still think that’s the case.
“Leicester will be a difficult game, we know that, but it’s exciting until the end of the season for neutrals to watch.”
United face Crystal Palace and West Ham and Leicester meet Sheffield United and Tottenham before the two top four hopefuls clash at the King Power Stadium.
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