Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has tipped his old club to return to the top four in the next Premier League campaign, but thinks Tottenham Hotspur will finish above the Red Devils and secure a place in the top three.
The so-called big six in England’s top division have all strengthened their squads with exciting new signings this summer.
The two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, and London rivals Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal will now fight it out for Champions League qualification and more this season.
Manchester City and Liverpool have added prestige strikers to their already formidable front lines as they look to keep the chasing pack behind. But, Spurs have brought in six new players, while Arsenal have added proven Premier League quality to their side.
Chelsea are now chasing multiple targets to improve their team, including the likes of Marc Cucurella from Brighton (Fabrizio Romano). This comes after they have already recruited Raheem Sterling from City and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli (ChelseaFC.com).
Manchester United, meanwhile, are looking at a fairly challenging rebuild project, after the club massively underperformed last season, finishing 13 points off the top four (Sky Sports).
New manager Erik ten Hag is beginning to put his own stamp on the club, but Ferdinand has high hopes for his former employers this season.
Ferdinand told Mirror Football: “A subplot to those two [City and Liverpool] trying to win the league is between Chelsea, Manchester United, and Spurs – and possibly Arsenal – for those third and fourth spots. I think that’s going to be a great race, as well.
“I’m sure someone from out of the pack will come up and jump into that area as well, like we saw with West Ham last season. It’s going to be interesting. I think it [the top six in order] will go Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal.”
Ferdinand had praise for Spurs’ transfer activity, too: “Spurs have done well, I think Bissouma will be a fantastic signing. Richarlison as well, getting in those positions up front – two big signings.”
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It’s a bold claim to put Manchester United in that fourth spot this season, and Ferdinand may be a little biased with that call to be fair. However, that top six is going to be so competitive this season, and any of the teams mentioned could quite easy surpass one another throughout the course of the campaign.
More and more people are backing Spurs to take third place, and there’s every chance that the North London club could be closer to the top two, than the chasing pack. If the new signings make the kind of impact we expect at Spurs, anything is possible.
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