Paul Scholes: “You have to fancy United to finish second or third”

Paul Scholes: “You have to fancy United to finish second or third”
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Paul Scholes is confident that Manchester United will make the top four, and says Spurs are out of the race.

The former United midfielder says he has “no doubt” Jose Mourinho’s side will secure Champions League football for next season, and fancies his old club to finish “second or third”.

However, the former English international also warned that United rely too heavily on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“It’s been a massive improvement from what we’ve seen in the last couple of years,” he said.

“The first two or three months weren’t great but they’ve turned it around. There’s a way of playing that the fans are enjoying.

“The only problem is they’re still sixth, which after being in such good form is a bit of a worry. But I watch them now and have no doubt they’ll finish in the top four.

“They’re playing the best out of the top six with Chelsea and you have to fancy them to finish second or third. Probably third if I had to nail it down.

“Chelsea, City, United and then it’s between Arsenal and Liverpool.

“They’re creating more than enough chances — 20-odd a game or something — but the conversion rate needs to improve. If it had been anything like decent, they would have been up there challenging Chelsea.

“They rely too heavily on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He’s been a great signing but there hasn’t been someone there to chip in with goals and take the pressure off him.”

Scholes – who has been openly critical of the club in recent seasons – has also reserved praise for Mourinho.

“He has the stature to be United manager, the reputation and presence. I just wish it had happened three years ago.”

David Smith

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