Race for Champions League
Manchester United’s 1-0 win over West Ham, in which Craig Dawson’s own goal in the 53rd minute was the difference between the two sides, saw Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet, something they haven’t done in over three years.
⛔️ Man Utd have kept 4 successive PL clean sheets for the first time for over 3 years, since Dec 2017 – Jan 2018 under Jose Mourinho pic.twitter.com/yqpv0EOpM2
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) March 14, 2021
Following on from the game, Gary Neville has spoken on his podcast on about whether or not he feels West Ham will make the top four this season, and if they don’t who will.
Whilst he was full of praise for the work that David Moyes has done this season and the team he has assembled, he feels that they will likely miss out on finishing in the Champions League places.
He said he was “disappointed” in their performance yesterday and in the team they selected.
“5 at back, Noble in midfield is telling the players you can’t take them on. But you can take this Man Utd team on… United centre backs had 45 mins to an hour off”
“The are not going to finish in Champions League now I don’t think. That was the last chance tonight. Two or Three tough fixtures coming up. They’ve had Brilliant season and I have enjoyed watching them.. a real good team with talented players. West Ham have pulled a team together that a lot of other teams will be after and that is why they are where they are.”
“When I saw the team I knew it would be dour and methodical and Antonio would get isolated and found myself disappointed and depressed by what we were seeing….They had good moments and looked like could play, but they waited to long in the game and Man Utd saw it out”
Who Makes it
As the podcast continues Neville discussed the teams he think will make it and focused on Leicester, who moved 8 points ahead of fifth placed West Ham, who he doesn’t think will catch them.
He acknowledged that they fell away last year, but he believes the Foxes will ,“Hang on and cement that Brendan Rodgers has done a great job.”
His final four were Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and Leicester in that order.
This has been a season of twists and turns there will likely be more to come in the race for the top 4. The teams competing have been inconsistent and if anyone of them goes on a run of 4 or 5 wins, then a finish in the Champions League will be within reach.
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