Gary Neville tips Man Utd to join Arsenal in top four

Gary Neville reckons Manchester United and Arsenal will be in the top four at the end of the season.

Louis van Gaal's side beat Leicester City 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday and the win moved the Reds to third position, five points behind defending Champions Manchester City in the Premier League table.

Southampton needed to win Swansea City at home on Sunday to climb back to the third place, but it wasn’t their day as they lost 1-0 to the Swans - after Jonjo Shelvey's shot found the back of the net at the St Mary's - moving the Saints down to the final Champions League spot.

And with Arsenal's fine display in recent weeks against Stoke City, Manchester City at the Etihad and their 5-0 win over Aston Villa most recently, Neville has backed his former side and the Gunners to secure Champions League spots at the end of the season in May.

“Resilience is a quality every manager wants to bring to a club and when Van Gaal came to United I expected really attacking football and high levels of possession – which has been evident,” the former Man United captain Neville told Sky Sports News HQ.

“I was also expecting wingers I suppose, playing the old Dutch 4-3-3 system, so there’s a lot of things I did expect that we’ve not seen yet. But the foundation is there through resilience and not conceding goals.

“If they were conceding goals like they were against Leicester at the start of the season I’d be concerned about them finishing in the top four.

“I think because of the run they’ve got, in terms of no European commitments, I do think they got enough, with Arsenal, to finish in the top four, along with Chelsea and City.”

Manchester United travel to London this weekend to play West Ham and Arsenal head to White Hart Lane for the north London derby against Tottenham.