Michael Owen believes Tottenham will secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and admits Manchester United will struggle to reach the same target following their defeat to Everton on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to apologise to United’s supporters after his side were hammered 4-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday.
But United were handed a let-off as Arsenal lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace.
‘I think Tottenham are good, they’ve got a nice run-in, three games at home and they’ve already got a point advantage over the rest,’ Owen told Flow Sports.
‘I could make a case for all of the other three with Manchester United being least likely.
‘Look at their next two games – Man City and Chelsea – I know they are both at home but they’re going to have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to finish fourth.
‘Throughout the season, if you’re forgetting the points and look at them as teams, Tottenham definitely deserve to be in the top four this season, they’ve been very good.
‘Out of the other three, it’s very hard to see who deserves it most.
‘Under Emery, Arsenal have improved, Chelsea have been disappointing with the players they’ve got, Man Utd’s resurgence… it’s hard to say who deserves that top-four place.
‘It’s going to hit hard on the teams who are not going to make it.
‘Man United have probably been budgeting not to make it for the last six months or so, or they thought it was going to be an impossibility, but now they’ve got a little squeak again.
‘And that’s why [against Everton] was so frustrating for them, there’s so much to play for and they play the way they did, it was so disappointing.’