Ian Wright rates Manchester United’s chances of finishing above Chelsea ahead of Premier League restart

Ian Wright has rated Man Utd's chances of securing a top-four finish
Ian Wright has rated Man Utd’s chances of securing a top-four finish (Picture: Premier League)

Ian Wright has rated Manchester United’s chances of finishing above Chelsea and securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side – who are currently fifth in the English top-flight, three points below Frank Lampard’s Chelsea – face Tottenham and their former manager Jose Mourinho in their first game back following the coronavirus break on Friday.

Fifth-place may be sufficient to qualify for next season’s Champions League due to Manchester City’s potential European ban but Wright believes United can go one better and finish above Chelsea in any case.

The Red Devils had enjoyed an impressive run before Covid-19 forced the season to be suspended and will be boosted by the returns of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba during the run-in.

Asked who he believes are ‘best-placed’ to catch Chelsea and gatecrash the top-four, former Arsenal and England striker Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘Manchester United.

‘With the run they had [before the break], with Bruno Fernandes coming in with his form, with Rashford and Pogba being back.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will hope to catch Chelsea
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will hope to catch Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

‘The confidence in that team, coming off the back of that good run, if anyone is going to be charging in there, it will probably be Manchester United.’

Former Premier League star Jamie Redknapp has also talked up United’s top-four hopes ahead of the resumption of the season and says Chelsea should be ‘nervous’ about Solskjaer’s side.

‘There are important players coming back [for Manchester United],’ Redknapp told The Sky Sports Football Podcast.

‘If you look at Manchester United right now, they’ve got a young man in Marcus Rashford who is now fit for his team.

‘That’s going to be amazing to have him back for United. It’s like a brand new signing – one of the best centre forwards in the world or wide players, wherever you want to play him.

‘So I think United will look at that and think “we’ve got a real chance”.

‘It will be interesting to see the dynamic in midfield, too, with Paul Pogba coming back as well.

‘There’s so much talent in that area now and if you can get that midfield working together then you’ve got a really big chance.

‘Teams will be nervous about United. The likes of Chelsea that are already in the top four will be looking over their shoulder.’

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