Former Liverpool man believes Spurs are ‘better’ than these top-four rivals

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Former Liverpool midfielder, Steve McManaman believes Tottenham Hotspur are a better team than both Manchester United and Arsenal this season and backed them to get back into the top four.

Tottenham finished outside the top four for the first time in five years last season as the club experienced quite a tumultuous campaign which saw Mauricio Pochettino being replaced by Jose Mourinho.

The club acted purposefully in the transfer window, bringing in seven new recruits to strengthen areas of the squad where they were left short.

Spurs were not fancied by many to get into the top four at the start of the season, with the majority of pundits not giving them a chance of doing so.

However, many have changed their tune following the impressive start the North Londoners have made to the season, with some even predicting Mourinho’s men to now challenge for the title.

While McManaman did not suggest that a potential title challenge was on the cards for Tottenham, he did back the side to ease into the top four if Gareth Bale stays fit.

As quoted by The Express, he said: “I definitely think he (Bale) can help Tottenham qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season,” McManaman said during a LiveScore event.

“When you look at the Premier League this year – are they better than Arsenal? They’re certainly not worse than Arsenal. Are they better than Manchester United? Well, yes for me they are, given the way they’re playing.

“I think the business that Jose Mourinho has done has been good, when you look at the players he’s brought in and the players he’s let go.

“He’s got a bit more time to focus. He’ll certainly have them defensively stronger than they were and mentally stronger.

“As I’ve said, if Gareth stays fit then I certainly think they’ll qualify for the UEFA Champions League this year.”

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