Phil Neville: Manchester United will be in the top four by Boxing Day

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The ex-United man has made a bold prediction about his former side on Twitter.

Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville has backed Louis van Gaal's men to 'come back strong' this season.

The Dutchman's side have endured a mixed start to their Premier League campaign, only winning once in five games and, most recently, surrendering a 3-1 lead at Leicester City to lose 5-3 at the King Power Stadium.

Neville, however, believes Man United will bounce back and has made a confident prediction despite their troubled start.

Indeed, the 37-year-old has backed his former side to be in the top four by Boxing Day.

Neville was tweeting as part of a Q + A with fans and answered questions on a variety of subjects from Ross Barkley to his own career in media since retiring.

He also revealed which captain was his favourite to play under: current Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane.

Interestingly, though, Neville also selected Hull City boss Steve Bruce in his top three and ex-Arsenal man Tony Adams.

Gary Neville recently revealed that Adams was the greatest motivator he worked with during his time with England - and brother Phil obviously feels the same.

Manchester United host West Ham United at Old Trafford in their next Premier League fixture, on Saturday at 3pm.

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