Man United are capable of forcing themselves back into top-four contention.

  • Former Arsenal star says Solskjaer’s side can still secure a Champions League spot.

  • Confidence and consistency can help fire The Red Devils right back into the top-four.


Manchester United are seven points adrift of Chelsea, who currently sit in the final Champions League spot, and Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side can still secure a top-four place.


The 20-time champions seem to have weathered the storm after their worst-ever start to a season in 30 years.


Following the 1-1 draw with Liverpool, the Red Devils bounced back to winning ways against Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League and they thrashed Norwich 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.


However, Merson believes “consistency and confidence” is key to United’s chances of forcing themselves back into the top-four battle.


“It’s been a good week for them,” Merson told Sky Sports . “They stopped Liverpool, went to Partizan and kept a clean sheet and they would have wanted to keep a clean sheet against Norwich. 


“They had to beat Norwich surely, they got beaten 5-0 by Aston Villa at home and the last thing you need is to be going there and getting beaten – that would have been a disaster.


“We put such a high bar on Man Utd because they’re the biggest club in the world and now we’re talking about having a good week drawing at home to Liverpool and beating Partizan and Norwich away.


“I didn’t think in my wildest dreams that I’d be sitting here talking about a good week like that for Man Utd.


“A few years ago, it wouldn’t even come up, it would just be run of the mill.


“Liverpool don’t win at Old Trafford and they go and win the other two games – that’s what is expected, but this is where they are at the moment.


“All it is with Man Utd is a bit of consistency and confidence. You only have to win three on the trot and before you know it, you’re back in the top-four race and that’s what they’re in.”



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