Former Man Utd midfielder favours Tottenham to win ‘poor’ top four race

Man Utd, Owen Hargreaves

Former Manchester United man Owen Hargreaves has predicted Tottenham Hotspur to win the top four race over his former club and Arsenal.

Hargreaves, who played for Man Utd between 2007 and 2011, believes that Antonio Conte’s side will secure a place in next season’s Champions League. The prediction came after both Tottenham and Arsenal succumbed to defeat at the weekend, whereas Man Utd came out 3-2 victors over Norwich.

However, Spurs are still three points ahead of the other two sides, albeit Arsenal with an extra game still to play.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, he said: “They’ve got Chelsea, Man United, West Ham, Leeds and Tottenham coming up. Looking at Arsenal’s fixtures I’m saying no.

“I know they’re close but if you’re losing and not scoring against Palace, Brighton and Southampton, you’re going to struggle. It’s made it really difficult for them.

“Tottenham are still in the driving seat because they’re ahead. Arsenal have that game in hand but I think Arsenal will fall short with the fixtures they’ve got. 

“Manchester United are just too inconsistent. Tottenham should be able to get the job done.”

Former Spurs striker agrees with Owen Hargreaves

Furthermore, former Spurs striker Darren Bent agreed with Hargreaves’ prediction.

However, unlike Hargreaves, Bent believes that Arsenal still have what it takes to push his former club to the very end.

He said: “You can’t rule Arsenal out because as we’ve seen, the teams around them are inconsistent. Spurs are inconsistent, so are United.

“Arsenal have still got the opportunity but they need to find some consistent form from somewhere. You can’t be losing three games in a row. After that run they shouldn’t really been anywhere near it. But the fact is they are because the race for the top-four has been so poor.

“We’ve seen that Tottenham are capable of going on a run and I expect them to do that. It’s still in Spurs’ hands because Arsenal and United are so inconsistent.”

Man Utd come across Arsenal in the Premier League next weekend, with both teams desperate to take three points.

Arsenal also still have Spurs to play on 12th May, in what could be one of the most significant North London derbies in recent years.

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