Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has delivered his prediction for the Premier League’s top-four – and it isn’t good news for Tottenham and Chelsea.
Both London clubs have struggled to find consistency so far this season and the new year didn’t start in the best fashion for either, with Spurs losing to Southampton and Chelsea being held by Brighton.
Chelsea do still hold the advantage in the hunt for a top-four finish but Owen doesn’t fancy their chances, issuing a verdict that also doesn’t sit kindly for Spurs.
As he explained, he believes it will be Manchester United that secure their spot in Europe’s elite competition ahead of Chelsea and Spurs next term.
“I don’t fancy Tottenham, I don’t think they’re playing well enough. I love Wolves, I love watching them, I think they’re great for the league actually, but possibly not [for the top four],” he told Premier League Productions.
“I think it’s between Chelsea, I’d probably say Manchester United actually at the moment. I think they’re coming into good form, I think they’ve got a good attack.
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“They’re solid behind, don’t get me wrong I don’t particularly like the look of their midfield but it’s effective. And when you’ve got those three up front with pace then you’ve always got a chance.
“No one would have thought Leicester really at the start of the season [for the] top four but it looks like they’re secured already.
“It’s open for a lot of teams and the likes of Wolves, Sheffield United, I know we probably think they’re not going to, but isn’t it great that we have got a few teams that are challenging for that top four. It looks like we’re not going to have a title race so we’re going to have a decent race for that fourth spot.”