Legendary England striker Alan Shearer has backed Manchester United to secure Champions League qualification for next season.
Shearer posited that Chelsea’s trip to Liverpool could be a potential turning point in the race for the top four.
Man United missed their chance to climb above both Chelsea and Leicester thanks to Michael Obafemi’s last-gasp equaliser, and sit fifth with only three games remaining.
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However, Man United take on each of Crystal Palace, West Ham and Leicester in their final three outings, meaning that their European hopes are in their own hands.
In a chat with Premier League Productions, Shearer said of Man United: “I think they’ll be the favourites. They’re the team that’s going into it with form.
“I know they’ll have been disappointed with dropping points, but it’s still in their hands.
“They win all three, they go into the top four. They’ve got the players to do that.
“It’ll have been a bit of a blow for them this evening, but they’ll dust themselves down and get ready for Thursday.”
Shearer continued: “When you look at Chelsea, you’d almost guarantee they’ll get three points against Norwich.
“But look at the game after that, they’ve got Liverpool away.
“So, fixtures-wise, Man Utd have probably got the better of the fixtures.”
And commenting after Man United’s disappointing draw with Southampton Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says said: “That’s football. There are key moments in every game of football. We’ll take it and move on to Thursday and go down to Selhurst Park.”
He added: “It’s the worst time to concede a goal but that happens in football – you’ve just got to be strong and take it because we’ve won so many games that way ourselves.
“It’s all part of the learning for this team to be sat there, really disappointed, after you think the three points are in the bag.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.