Rio Ferdinand snubs two teams in his Premier League top four prediction

Rio Ferdinand snubs two teams in his Premier League top four prediction

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has named the four teams he expects to finish in the Premier League top-four this season.

Ferdinand believes the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham will come short in their quest to make the Champions League qualification this season after backing Man United to make the last spot of the top-four.

The Gunners are occupying the 4th position in the league after 19 matches with 35 points. West Ham sit in the 5th position with 31 points with the same number of games played as Arsenal.

Both Manchester United and Tottenham are 6th and 7th respectively with a game in hand.

Spurs signed Antonio Conte as Nuno Espirito’s replacement while Man United replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Ralf Rangnick on a temporary basis.

Like Mikel Arteta and David Moyes, both Conte and Rangnick have plans on finishing in the first four this term but Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United will be that team that would finish behind Man City, Liverpool, and Chelsea at the end of the season.

‘I’ve gone with my heart,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport of his top four picks. ‘Man United in the last four games, maybe their performances can be questioned at times but it’s a new person in charge, trying to implement his tactics etc.

‘He hasn’t had time on the training pitch and I think that’ll improve and there’s scope to improve there, I think there will be.

Rio Ferdinand backs Manchester United to make Premier League top four finish this season
Rio Ferdinand backs Manchester United to make Premier League top four finish this season

‘As much as there’s a bit of doom and gloom around the club in terms of performance, they’ve won three of their last four games and drawn the other.

‘I think the run of games they’ve got will put them in a good place.’

Arsenal will host first-placed Manchester City at the Emirates, a tricky chance to extend the gap over their top-four rivals. Spurs will face Watford away from home. Crystal Palace will lock horns with West Ham at Selhurst Park and these three games will all take place on Saturday.

Chelsea on Sunday will host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, a tricky chance to keep their title charge alive.

Manchester United, who beat Burnley 3-1 on Thursday, will welcome Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday night.