April 19, 2021

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Roy Keane gives his top four verdict for Manchester United and Manchester City

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Manchester City and Manchester United are almost guaranteed to finish in the top two places in the Premier League, according to Roy Keane.

City now have a 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League table following Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Ham, which was their 20th successive victory in all competitions.

United remain in second place despite their frustrating 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, one point above Leicester, who were beaten 3-1 at home by Arsenal.

West Ham are fourth, but are just one point above Chelsea and two ahead of Liverpool, who ended their four-match losing streak with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday.

Former United midfielder Keane believes that while City and United will remain in their current positions, he fears for Leicester due to the number of injuries Brendan Rodgers’ side have suffered.

“Over the last week, you’d look at Leicester,” he said on Sky Sports. “They obviously messed up last year when they were in a great position, they’ve now picked up one or two injuries. Was it [Harvey] Barnes who got injured today? [James] Maddison is struggling, I know they’ve got a nice little cushion, but you’d worry for Leicester and West Ham, when you think if Liverpool can go on a roll, can Everton pick up some results, and obviously Chelsea.

“You’d expect Man United and City to be the guaranteed top two.”

Tottenham are currently in eighth place, with 39 points from 25 games leaving them six points adrift of the top four.

Jose Mourinho’s side picked up an impressive 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday, with Gareth Bale scoring twice.

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Manchester United were denied a penalty in controversial fashion against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were furious that Callum Hudson-Odoi wasn’t penalised for a handball, as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. The point leaves United 12 points behind leaders Man City, with Crystal Palace the next opponents.

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With Bale seemingly hitting form, Keane believes they will continue to pick up momentum, but still sees Spurs coming up short of a top four place.

“We’ll see with Spurs. Fulham and Palace over the next couple of games, they’re games you’d think Spurs should win especially if the front three stay fit – they’re capable of doing damage to any team,” he said.

“I guarantee Mourinho will be thinking that he can’t play Bale in every game, but these are games that are guaranteed to see Spurs slip up in, we’ve seen it over the past five, 10, 15, 20 years when Spurs come up short, so I’m not convinced. I don’t think they’ll be in the top four, obviously.”

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