Alan Shearer cannot believe Man Utd PRAISE as he delivers fresh top-four prediction

Alan Shearer cannot believe Man Utd PRAISE as he delivers fresh top-four prediction

That is the damning assessment of Premier League record goalscorer and pundit Alan Shearer.

The Red Devils suffered a seventh defeat in nine games across all competitions in the Manchester derby on Wednesday.

Following Sunday’s dismal 4-0 drubbing at Everton, Manchester United once again failed to find the net as Pep Guardiola’s men edged a step nearer retaining their crown with a 2-0 win.

Fortunately for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in terms of their increasingly desperate pursuit of a top-four finish, rivals Chelsea and Arsenal slipped up this week too.

The Gunners were torn apart at Molineux the same night as a first-half blitz proved enough with Wolves prevailing 3-1.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley in a game which saw manager Maurizio Sarri lose his cool as he was sent off at Stamford Bridge.

The pressure is on with Tottenham’s place in the top four almost secure now off the back of their last-minute midweek victory against Brighton.

The race for the top four continues this weekend as news emerges that:

“Chelsea, only because the lack of form from the others”

Alan Shearer

As things stand Spurs are now third on 70 points, three clear of rivals Chelsea, four in front of neighbours Arsenal and six above United with just three games to play each.

Goal difference could also play a significant factor with Chelsea and Arsenal’s close, but Spurs have a far superior advantage while United’s is way inferior.

Sunday’s showdown at Old Trafford between United and Chelsea (4.30pm) will ultimately prove pivotal in the race for Champions League qualification.

And when asked for his top four prediction, Shearer told Optus Sport: “Probably Chelsea, only because the lack of form from the others. 

“We’re sat here talking about Manchester United and the first thing we talk about tonight [after the defeat to Man City] is: ‘at least they put the effort in’.

“That’s how bad Manchester United have fallen – we’re praising them because of their attitude. 

“So because of that reason and because Arsenal have got two away games, and they’ve been hopeless away from home, Tottenham are in and probably Chelsea.

“I would expect Man United to win their last two games against Huddersfield and Cardiff. 

“But I still don’t think that will be enough.”

While United host Chelsea, away-day flops Arsenal go to Leicester earlier on Sunday (12pm) and Tottenham welcome rivals West Ham to their new stadium for the first time tomorrow (12.30pm).