Gary Lineker jokes on Twitter about Southampton's meteoric rise, bookies back top four

Gary Lineker

The Match of the Day host took to social media in honour of the Saints' 1-0 win at Manchester United, while odds have been slashed on a top-four finish.

At the start of the season, Southampton were 200/1 with some bookmakers to finish in this season's top four.

What a remarkable turnaround. As sports betting website Oddschecker details, the Saints are now at remarkably short prices to qualify for next season's Champions League. And it doesn't look as though they are going away anytime soon.

Ronald Koeman's side won their first match at Manchester United for 27 years yesterday afternoon, as Dusan Tadic's winner shocked Old Trafford and left Southampton's stars celebrating wilder than ever.

No dip in form looks forthcoming - the South Coast side endured their blip earlier this season. Now they are back and the collapse many had been predicting simply doesn't look likely.

It isn't just the bookmakers that are taking note after the Saints' Manchester United win, meanwhile, with Match of the Day host and former England striker Gary Lineker taking to Twitter to joke about Southampton's meteoric rise.

Indeed, if Southampton can win at Manchester United, you have to wonder if there is anywhere at all they will fear visiting in the top flight.

And, if Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and more keep attaining such inconsistent results, what's to stop the Staints from finishing the season in a Champions League place?

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