Michael Carrick makes claim about Tottenham vs Man Utd and top four race

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Michael Carrick has claimed that the race for a top-four finish will not be decided by the result of Manchester United’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur this evening.

Spurs currently sit three points off Arsenal in fourth place, having played a game more than their North London rivals.

Man Utd are just a point behind Arsenal but they have played three games more than the Gunners and two more than the Lilywhites.

The game at Old Trafford later today not only provides both Man Utd and Tottenham with an opportunity to close the gap on Mikel Arteta’s side but also to strike a defining blow against one of their direct rivals. 

Harry Kane has admitted that the Spurs players are confident heading into the game and are looking at the match as an opportunity to build on momentum on the back of their morale-boosting win over Everton (Football.London).

However, Carrick believes there are plenty of twists and turns to come in the race for Champions League qualification irrespective of this weekend’s results.

The former Spurs and United midfielder told Premier League Productions (07/03/22 at 10:25 pm): “There have been spells where they (Spurs) have looked dangerous, positive and looked like they could go on a real run. At one stage, they were really challenging Chelsea not so long ago and they were in touching distance of that.

“Then, a couple of results didn’t go Tottenham’s way. And they have ended up being where they are. Whatever happens against Manchester United on the weekend.

“I think there will be twists and turns in that. I think there are four teams that anything is possible. I don’t think this weekend will decide anything, whatever the result.”

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I think fans and pundits overestimate the impact that individual results could have on a team’s aspirations. Given that all of the clubs competing for fourth have struggled for consistency this season, there are likely a lot more twists and turns left.

However, Saturday’s clash could be crucial for the confidence of the United and Spurs players. It is difficult to see how we could muster up the belief to fight for fourth place if we fall to another loss at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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