Neville predicts where Man Utd will finish this season after Liverpool, Chelsea falter

Gary Neville has predicted where Man Utd will finish as he admits they have “weakers players” than Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game as the Red Devils beat West Ham 1-0 on Sunday to keep the pressure on the top four sides.

Man Utd are now fifth in the table, one point behind fourth-placed Newcastle United and eight points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal.

And Neville thinks Man Utd now have a “great chance” of making the top four after Chelsea lost 4-1 to Brighton and Liverpool continued their disastrous start to the season with a 2-1 loss at home to Leeds.

Neville told Sky Sports: “I think they’ve got a great chance of finishing in the top four now, a great chance.

“There’s enough going on at Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham for United to feel confident that they can push through that bunch. I never would have thought that four or five weeks ago.

“You look at United’s forward line, they might have the weaker players at this moment in time but there’s something happening with Erik ten Hag that is giving them a great spirit.”

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Redknapp added: “Everyone just imagined that Manchester City and Liverpool would be clear again. I don’t think anyone could have foreseen what’s happening at Liverpool right now, I certainly didn’t.

“I thought they were bankers to finish first or second, now they’ve got a battle just to get the top-four.

“Right now Man United look better than Liverpool, that’s obvious. There’s more questions than answers at Liverpool. I don’t think they will get top four now.”

Rashford scored his 100th goal for Man Utd and extended Erik ten Hag’s side’s unbeaten run to eight in all competitions.

When asked if Rashford was now ready to become an elite striker, Ten Hag said: “I think he is already. Before you’re 25, to score 100 goals, I think you’re already there, but he won’t be satisfied with that.

“In the end it’s about how many trophies you win with your club and I think he can develop his game even more.”

And Ten Hag was delighted to see Rashford already taking his advice into matches, the Man Utd boss added: “When you see he made two headers (in the game) for instance and we have worked a lot on that.

“I notified him from the start, his heading had to improve and he worked on that and you can see what’s happening.

“Also mentally, he’s much more consistent and reliable and resilient. I’m really happy with the progress.

“For me he’s already massive, a great player, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement and where it ends I don’t know, but it will be a fantastic career I’m sure.”

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