Gary Neville urges Manchester United to be realistic when it comes to top four

by Ben Topliss

Gary Neville believes Manchester United should just aim to remain fourth in the Premier League despite narrowing the gap on second-placed Manchester City to two points with victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Man United produced some of their best football of the season against Spurs and completely deserved their 3-0 win.

The result left United one point behind Arsenal in third and five points clear of Liverpool in fifth, although Brendan Rodgers’ side have a game in hand.

With more tough fixtures coming up, Neville says United should just be looking to stay fourth and to not get too ahead of themselves.

When asked if United can catch the teams at the top of the table, Neville said: ”Consolidating fourth place should be the target. Today was a must-win. Lose today and you are looking at the forthcoming fixtures in a daunting way.

“Looking at the fixtures now, they can be confident when they go to Anfield next week. They’ve got big games coming up with Chelsea, City and even Everton away.

“They’ve got the right start. If they’d lost today or dropped points in a poor performance, it would have been difficult. I think they can be a lot more optimistic.”

In any other season, fans would be disappointed to see United just aiming for fourth and not challenging for the title.

However, it is absolutely pivotal that the team qualify for the Champions League in order to get themselves back into the football elite. The result against Spurs went a long way towards achieving that but United will need to keep up their form starting with Liverpool at Anfield next week.

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