Manchester United great Roy Keane has “no doubt” his former club will finish in the top four this season.
In what was an almost perfect weekend for the Old Trafford giants, Ralf Rangnick and his team scored a dramatic last-gasp victory over surprise outfit West Ham on Saturday afternoon and watched their fellow League hopefuls of Champions, Arsenal and Tottenham, lost points 24 hours later.
Marcus Rashford secured the points for United as they sit fourth during this international break.
Arsenal and Tottenham have one and two games in hand respectively in what is shaping up to be an intense race.
Keane and several other pundits think United and their strength in depth will prove too strong, but while he isn’t ruling out Champions League qualification, Michael Owen isn’t entirely convinced yet.
Here are the predictions made by those two and other renowned experts;
In an analysis piece for Premier League Productions, the former United striker said: “Overall, under Ralf Rangnick, United have played average and gotten a lot of good results. But when you look a little deeper, they’ve had a very friendly streak of games.
“There will be litmus tests ahead against some of the greats.
“I thought West Ham was going to give them a big challenge. They did. They will be very frustrated because they didn’t get anything out of the game. But, as they say, results are the most important thing and that keeps them going.” them there in search of the first four”.
During his final appearance on Super Sunday for Sky Sports, the Irishman said: “Without a doubt. The strength in depth that Man United have. West Ham are doing well, Arsenal probably have a slightly better team.”
“Tottenham, the starting XI is decent, but the player XI is not enough. It’s the player squad that pushes you to the limit. The next few months, there will be injuries, suspensions, internationals, you name it. That’s when you need the squad as Man United showed [on Saturday].
“It’s where West Ham could fall short and certainly where Tottenham will fall short.”
While a number of pundits have changed their minds as Rangnick continues to make his mark, the former Liverpool man said he thought United would clinch the top four at the height of their struggles in November.
Shortly after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, Carragher said: “I think this guy, Ralf Rangnick, is going to make sure United get to the Champions League next season.”
Sitting alongside Keane and Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on the Sky Sports panel, Redknapp continued: “I have to agree with them. I think Man United are favourites. I think so.
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“Arsenal look like they’re running out of steam. It was a bad result for them in midweek and a bad result against Burnley, but Tottenham too with those games in hand. If they can get a couple of players, they’re going to be in the mix.
“Let’s put it this way. Man United with their squad should finish in the top four. If they don’t, that’s another bad season for them. They finished second last season and they have to finish in the top four.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.