Joe Cole says Manchester United will finish in Premier League top-four this season

Joe Cole says Manchester United will finish in Premier League top-four this season

Former Chelsea forward Joe Cole has explained why he expects Manchester United to finish in the Premier League top-four this season.

Man United leapfrogged West Ham United into the fourth position, despite playing a game less, when they sealed a late 1-0 win over the Hammers last weekend at Old Trafford.

Chelsea occupy the 3rd position with 47 points from 24 matches, nine points ahead of Manchester United, who have played two games less.

Tottenham, West Ham United and Arsenal are pushing for a place in the top-four, with only two points separating 4th-placed United and 7th-placed Spurs.

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Though Antonio Conte’s men have better chances of forcing through into the top-four given the number of outstanding games they have, Joe Cole believes they are miles off a top-four finish and backs United to maintain their 4th place.

What Joe Cole said

‘I agree [that Manchester United will finish fourth] and the main reason I agree is Spurs are absolutely miles off it,’ Cole told JOE.

Joe Cole backs Manchester United to make a top-four finish this season
Joe Cole backs Manchester United to make a top-four finish this season

‘I did the game against Chelsea and I spoke to Conte afterwards, we interviewed him, and I think he’s under no illusions about the task ahead with that group of players.

‘Three times they’ve lost to Chelsea and they’ve not scored a goal and I asked, “Are you hopeful of doing business now in January or in the summer?”, and he immediately took control of the interview.

‘He said, “Listen, this is a three-year project at least. I’m happy with my players, they fought so hard, but you can see the difference”, and I thought it was brilliant, he was honest.

‘By saying that, he’s almost saying to Daniel Levy, “Come on, what can I do with this group of players?”, so that suggests to me he is staying as long as Daniel Levy shows him the money.’