Tim Sherwood believes that Manchester United should be considered as favourites to finish in the top four ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
United currently find themselves in fifth place in the Premier League table following their 2-0 victory at Burnley last night.
Tottenham failed to pick up three points away to Norwich City where they were not at their creative best at Carrow Road.
Their failure to win meant they gave up the opportunity to move into fourth place with United’s victory moving the Old Trafford outfit above Spurs and a point better off.
Arsenal have also experienced a difficult start to the season which saw them sack Unai Emery and replace him with former midfielder Mikel Arteta.
Sherwood believes that United’s form against the top teams in the league is an advantage with upcoming matches against Arsenal, Wolves and Manchester City to come.
Spurs must now look to get back to winning ways when they travel to Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Sherwood told Premier League productions as quoted by Metro: ‘Out of the three we are talking about, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United, I would have them as favourites, I would have Manchester United as favourites,’
‘Because I think they are only going to improve.
‘They need to get that level of consistency, they cannot suffer the performances they had against Watford – a team who couldn’t beat anyone – and then they get turned over. ‘They are very good against the top teams, we are going to see that now. ‘They’ve got Arsenal away, Wolves away, Man City at home, that’s normally when they are at their best, when a team comes out and plays against them and believes they can beat them.
‘I believe Man United will counter attack those teams. ‘I love those front players, what kills you is pace, when you line up against pace it frightens you to death as a manager and they have got it in abundance. ‘But I think they’ve got a solid triangle there now, I think if [David] De Gea gets back to his best, [Victor] Lindelof has been outstanding in front and [Harry] Maguire looks like the player we saw at Leicester. ‘That is massive for them if they can get the solidity for that defence.’
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