Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville believes the Red Devils are likely to miss out on the Premier League top four following a lacklustre performance against Leicester City at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils faced the Foxes yesterday with a four-point deficit to fourth-placed Arsenal, having played a game more. They failed to pile the pressure on the Gunners with a victory, and are now starring the prospect of trailing further.
The Gunners could go six points clear of them for the fourth spot with a victory at Crystal Palace tomorrow. Speaking on Saturday Night Football on Sky Sports, Neville acknowledged that United’s top-four hopes are pretty much over.
He said: “I think so. The run-in started today following the international break. They had to start it with a win but they didn’t get it. It was the way they drew the game – that was really bad out there today.”
“Sometimes, teams can look a bit rusty when they come back but I thought the break would work for United as I thought it would be good for players to get away from the club and then come back and give it a right go.
“This is going to be a long two months for those United players and fans. It’s going to be difficult in their remaining eight matches if they continue in that vein of form. It was so flat.”
The Gunners have been in the driving seat in the pursuit of the final Champions League spot. United have aided them with regular drop in points. Yesterday was another fine example.
Mikel Arteta’s side are only three points ahead, but the margin could rise further with two games in hand. United still need to face the Gunners on the road, but will need help from elsewhere.
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