Spurs to miss out? Paul Scholes on how the top 4 will finish

Date published: Thursday 16th February 2017 11:05

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United will finish third in the Premier League this season – and thinks Tottenham, rather than Arsenal, are more likely to miss out on Champions League qualification.

United are on a four-month unbeaten run in the Premier League, having last tasted defeat in their 4-0 humbling at Stamford Bridge in October.

Chelsea top the table by ten points, while the gap from second-placed Manchester City to United is just four points.

Scholes, speaking to the Daily Mail, has predicted his final Premier League top four – and he has bad news for Tottenham.

“It’s been a massive improvement from what we’ve seen in the last couple of years,” he said, of United. “The first two or three months weren’t great but they’ve turned it around. There’s a way of playing that the fans are enjoying.

“The only problem is they’re still sixth, which after being in such good form is a bit of a worry. But I watch them now and have no doubt they’ll finish in the top four.

“They’re playing the best out of the top six with Chelsea and you have to fancy them to finish second or third. Probably third if I had to nail it down.

“Chelsea, City, United and then it’s between Arsenal and Liverpool.”


Which team is most likely to miss out on a Champions League spot?

  • Tottenham
  • Arsenal
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United

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    James Marshment

    Paul Scholes has predicted the outcome on this season’s race for the Champions League – and has ruled one leading side out of contention.

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    Personally I think, on current evidence, Arsenal are most likely to miss out on a top 4 place.



    No Champions League distractions for Arsenal now though killyboye! I think scholes could be right but on the whole we’ve been shit in 2017 and the whole squad needs a good shake up and sorting their heads out. That 0-0 draw to Hull said a lot about the weak mentality and complacent attitude of too many in this squad.



    My predictions and why – In the top 4 will be Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. This is because they have minimal other distractions. Liverpool have none and Chelsea and Arsenal have just the FA Cup (OK Arsenal still have the home leg against Bayern). Who will join them is really tough. I am going to go with City as long as they keep Auguro fit. I think Spurs and United will just have too many distractions with the UEFA Cup, and the other domestic trophies they are competing for. I do think either Spurs or United could win the UEFA cup which would see Champions league qualification. (what a Final that could be) What would be amusing if then Leicester went and won the champions league meaning the 4th placed team missed out.



    In fairness, Hull have been a different prospect since the new manager took over, that just be the holiday period though, they may revert to form over the next few weeks. It’d be interesting to see how things shake up, Utd have a fair few cup games over the next few weeks and won’t be playing in the league for a while, depending on how that goes Mourinho may well decide to prioritise the Europa League as a means to guarantee CL football.
    Can’t see Leiecester winning NOLU, all any of the European teams have to do is watch the PL and see how to beat them. It doesn’t help that Huth and Wes Morgan have prob lost a yard of pace since last season and aren’t quite where they were. Mahrez clearly wants out, a bit like Payet I’d say. Signed a bumper deal, saw the reality of the situation and decided that actually, it wasn’t for him. He’ll go in the summer regardless.

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