Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry believes Chelsea will win the Premier League with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool making up the rest of the top four ahead of Manchester United, The Sun reports.
The Frenchman has been assessing United’s chances as they head in to a crucial period following their FA Cup exit at the hands of the Gunners last weekend.
For boss Louis van Gaal, following the Red Devils’ FA Cup exit last weekend attentions have immediately turned to the Premier League and a top four spot is now an utmost necessity.
However, they face a fight with rivals Liverpool who are in such good form, and Henry is backing the Reds to replace United and grab that remaining Champions League qualification spot.
“After 28 Premier League games, I’m still waiting. And time is now running out for everything to fall into place for Louis van Gaal,” Henry was quoted as saying by The Sun.
“At the start of this season, I had no doubt that United would finish in the top four and return to the Champions League.
“It now looks as though the four will be Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers has a hell of a record from January and Liverpool look on course to finish fourth ahead of United.”
Are Manchester United in danger of finishing out of the top four?
With the squad at Louis van Gaal’s disposal, United shouldn’t have had too many problems making the top four but performances on the whole state otherwise.
United have looked confused, unbalanced and uncharacteristically slow for the most part and a number of their victories this season have been owing to individual brilliance rather than a real team effort.
With 10 games remaining, finishing in the top four is entirely in their hands but with away games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton still remaining, it’s a tough ask.
Their record against fellow teams at the top isn’t too convincing, and their goal of finishing in the top four could hinge on their ability to at least prevent defeat in their upcoming clash at Anfield next weekend.