Gary Neville admits he is worried Manchester United won't make fourth place

Earlier this month, Gary Neville said he thought Manchester United can catch Arsenal but he is not so sure now.

The former United defender said on Sky Sports following the derby defeat, “I still think United could do it. I don’t trust Arsenal. United have got to beat Spurs.”

United did of course beat Spurs 3-2, thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, but the next day, Arsenal beat Leicester 2-0.

Now, speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, he has expressed his expectation that Arsenal will grab fourth spot ahead of United.

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“The reason I said about a week or so that you cannot fully trust Arsenal is that they have not delivered yet,” said Neville.

“The pressure now is on them, in the sense there is an expectation on them to finish fourth. I think they’ll finish fourth.

“But they’ve got Liverpool on Wednesday, Aston Villa away, Tottenham still to come, Manchester United still to play. Manchester United have got difficult games as well.

“Now they’ve got to go on and prove that we can all trust them and deliver Champions League football, which was beyond all expectations at the start of the season.”

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Fourth spot is Arsenal’s to lose and United’s main glimmer of hope is that the three games they have in hand are difficult ones; against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.

That should mean that the Gunners do not absolutely fly off into the distance when the amount of games played is equal.

United need to keep looking after themselves, putting a run of form together which has so far eluded them all season, as well as beating Arsenal next month to give themselves any chance.

None of the teams in the Champions League race have really shown any consistency and if United could do that, they would put themselves right in the mix.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.