Manchester United top four chances assessed by Rio Ferdinand and Steve Sidwell

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‘Top four is an absolute must for Man United but beware Tottenham and the Antonio Conte bounce’: Rio Ferdinand and Steve Sidwell weigh-in on chances of Champions League qualification for Ralf Rangnick’s side

  • Manchester United defeated Brentford 3-1 with a strong second half display
  • The goal for the Old Trafford club is to qualify for next year’s Champions League 
  • Tottenham claimed a sensational late win at Leicester to boost their chances
  • United are a point behind Spurs but have played two more matches then them


The fight for this season’s top four is heating up with Manchester United in the mix against Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham. 

Ralf Rangnick’s side claimed three points against Brentford on Wednesday night in a 3-1 win to position themselves in seventh with 35 points. 

The Gunners are also on 35 having played one game fewer and Spurs have 36 points but crucially, two games in hand over the Old Trafford club. 

Manchester United boosted their top four ambitions with a victory over Brentford

Manchester United boosted their top four ambitions with a victory over Brentford 

Rio Ferdinand weighed in on the top four battle and thinks United's saving grace is that the teams around them will not go on a five or 10 game winning run

Rio Ferdinand weighed in on the top four battle and thinks United’s saving grace is that the teams around them will not go on a five or 10 game winning run 

After the win against Brentford, Rio Ferdinand and Steve Sidwell spoke about the importance of finishing in the top four for United this season. 

The former United defender told BT Sport: ‘They need results and top four is the goal now. 

‘But Spurs are a win or two with their games in hand from being in a very strong position with the Antonio Conte bounce.’ 

Tottenham came back to beat the Foxes deep into injury time on Wednesday evening with two Steven Bergwijn goals giving them a morale-boosting victory.   

Tottenham came back to beat Leicester 3-2 in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night

Tottenham came back to beat Leicester 3-2 in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night 

Sidwell added: ‘Top four is an absolute must for United this season, they can’t go from second to not getting in the Champions League. With a new manager coming in, it is huge.’

Ferdinand believes it should not be a problem for United, given that the teams around them are bound to drop points along the way.  

‘United are there for the top four, they’ve got a good run of games, they have to take points off teams around them as well’, he continued. 

‘Who out of the team around them are ultra used to winning? Not many other than Man City. 

‘The saving grace is that nobody in the group under City and Liverpool can win 5-10 on the bounce, that will ebb and flow to the end of the season.’

Anthony Elanga scored for United and delivered a superb display to warrant his selection

Anthony Elanga scored for United and delivered a superb display to warrant his selection 

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