But that is exactly what Robbie Savage has done in one of his latest articles. Indeed, the BBC Sport pundit was discussing both Arsenal and United's chances of finishing in the top four.
And, according to the Welshman, both sides should fear for their hopes of Champions League qualification if the Saints are still in contention by Christmas.
"There is not going to be enough room in the top four for Arsenal, United, Liverpool and Southampton," Savage wrote in his weekly column for the Daily Mirror.
"If Saints are still in the mix at Christmas, there are going to be some hugely disappointed big clubs next May.
"Arsenal and United have a lot to do to make sure they don’t miss the cut."
Currently, Ronald Koeman's side sit second in the Premier League table, although any questions about whether they can stay there have often been answered with a dismissal of their long-term credentials.
The coming weeks will certainly show exactly what Southampton are made of, as the Saints face defending champions Manchester City, the Gunners & Man United consecutively, before finishing their calendar year against league-leaders Chelsea.