Michael Owen makes top four prediction as Spurs and Aston Villa lead the race

Michael Owen has said that while Tottenham’s and Aston Villa’s recent results have given Manchester United an opening in the race for Champions League qualification, he suggested that the Red Devils are not good enough to take advantage.

Just a little over a week ago, it seemed like the race for fourth and fifth places could soon be done and dusted after Tottenham thrashed Villa 4-0 at Villa Park to move within two points of the West Midlands club.

However, the Lilywhites followed that up with what was arguably their poorest showing of the season against Fulham, with the Cottagers emerging 3-0 winners.

Thankfully for Spurs, Villa failed to capitalise on Sunday and were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham, which means that Unai Emery’s men now sit three points ahead of the London side, who have a game in hand.

Following his side’s 4-3 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup quarterfinals, Erik Ten Hag also fired a warning to Spurs and Villa, insisting that United will fight until the very end for Champions League qualification (The Standard).

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Are Man United still in the race for the top four?

When asked if the Red Devils have an opening, Owen has now said on The Kelly and Wrighty Show: “There will be an opening there. Wrighty [Ian Wright] touched on it, I don’t think Manchester United are good enough to take it – I don’t think they’re good enough to claw back nine points against a good Aston Villa team.”

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There could be a few more twists and turns in the race for fourth and fifth until the end of the season as none of the three sides are particularly consistent.

We have some tough fixtures coming up and could quite easily drop points but Man Utd themselves will also drop quite a few points in the final nine matches.

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