Hargreaves predicts winners of top-four race after Man Utd win

Date published: Sunday 17th April 2022 11:05 - Joe Williams

Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick and Antonio Conte are animated on the touchline

Owen Hargreaves thinks Tottenham will have enough to get the “job done” in the race for the final top four spot despite Man Utd closing the gap.

Man City and Liverpool are fighting it out for the Premier League title, while Chelsea are clear enough in third for many to suggest it is now a battle between Man Utd, Spurs, Arsenal and possibly West Ham for fourth.

The Red Devils took advantage of Tottenham and Arsenal losing by beating Norwich 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday to move up to fifth, level on points with the sixth-placed Gunners and three points adrift of fourth-placed Spurs.


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Arsenal have now lost three matches in a row and the fixtures keep getting tougher for Mikel Arteta’s men with Hargreaves unable to see past Tottenham for the final Champions League qualification spot.

“Fixture-wise, it’s tough for Arsenal,” Hargreaves said on Premier League Productions. “They struggled against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton.

“They’ve got Chelsea, Man United, West Ham, Leeds and Tottenham coming up. Looking at Arsenal’s fixtures I’m saying no.

“I know they’re close but if you’re losing and not scoring against Palace, Brighton and Southampton, you’re going to struggle. It’s made it really difficult for them.

“Tottenham are still in the driving seat because they’re ahead. Arsenal have that game in hand but I think Arsenal will fall short with the fixtures they’ve got.

“Manchester United are just too inconsistent. Tottenham should be able to get the job done.”

Fellow pundit Darren Bent also expects Tottenham to seal fourth place but he still thinks Arsenal have some hope of putting a good run together.

Bent added: “You can’t rule Arsenal out because as we’ve seen, the teams around them are inconsistent. Spurs are inconsistent, so are United.

“Arsenal have still got the opportunity but they need to find some consistent form from somewhere. You can’t be losing three games in a row.

“After that run they shouldn’t really been anywhere near it but the fact is they are because the race for the top-four has been so poor.

“We’ve seen that Tottenham are capable of going on a run and I expect them to do that. It’s still in Spurs’ hands because Arsenal and United are so inconsistent.”

 

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