Robbie Savage apologises to Manchester United fans

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Robbie Savage has admitted he was wrong to tip Manchester United to finish fifth in this year's Premier League.

Former Premier League footballer Robbie Savage has told The Mirror he was wrong to predict Manchester United would miss out on this season's top four.

The Red Devils have beaten Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester City in consecutive weeks to leave themselves in third - and aiming to overhaul Arsenal into second place. They have opened up an eight point gap over fifth placed Liverpool.

Savage has offered a mea culpa, admitting to getting his prediction backward, even though the season is not yet over. He said: "I must eat humble pie and admit: Yes I got it wrong about United.

"In my post-summer transfer window predictions, I said they would finish only fifth in the Premier League. They have proved me wrong, and I apologise."

Earlier this season the pundit had, to his credit, stated: "It’s not inconceivable that United will put a run together, once Louis van Gaal’s £159million worth of new signings have bedded in and he has settled on both his best XI and most productive formation."

He is though not the only one of late to hold his hands up and admit to making the wrong call over United's form. A week ago former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson told SkySports the club have changed his mind about them just in the space of the last six weeks.

United face Chelsea this weekend at Stamford Bridge, and an away win may just get fans dreaming about an unlikely Blues collapse, and at the very least have supporters especially ruing the two defeats to Swansea earlier this season.

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