Man Utd top-four charge predicted amid Chelsea and Tottenham issues

Manchester United can still make the top four, says Rio Ferdinand.

The Red Devils have had a challenging season and are languishing in seventh.

However, they boosted their ranks last month and moved for midfielder Bruno Fernandes and ex-Watford striker Odion Ighalo.

Chelsea, who sit fourth, are within sight. Frank Lampard’s side sit just six points ahead of the Red Devils.

United aren’t the only side who have faced issues this season, though.

Chelsea failed to bring in a striker last week – despite having their transfer ban overturned – and Tottenham are still yet to hit top gear under Jose Mourinho.

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Ferdinand reckons complications behind the scenes at their rivals means United still have a great chance of playing Champions League football next season.

“We haven’t been as consistent as we would like, but that happens with change and when there’s a lot of youth that has been brought into a squad,” he told talkSPORT.

“As a fan you want your team to win, play well, get results, to see big players step up and score goals, and we’ve seen that sporadically for Manchester United this season.

“The target at the moment if to be in the Champions League and United are fortunate there isn’t a team that has really gone on a rich vein of form to cement their place in the top four.

“So it’s up for grabs.”

Eyebrows were raised when United move for Ighalo, who had been strutting his stuff in China since 2017.

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Former defender Jaap Stam says the Nigeria international can prove the doubters wrong.

“He’s got nothing to lose because nobody thought he would be a United player,” Stam said.

“United have the confidence in him. We’re all a bit surprised, but he can just go in there and do his thing. We all want to see United get back up there.

“Like all former players and United supporters, we wish him well.

“He’s joining a big family. Everybody within…


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