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With 10 games already played in the Premier League this season and 28 left, Manchester United are in eight position and nine points off table toppers, Manchester City.

United are also five points behind Arsenal in fourth place, and with United seeming to struggle to get wins, many have written off Jose Mourinho’s side in the race for top four.

Paul Merson and Phil Thompson don’t think United can make it to the Champions League next season.

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson told Sky Sports: “Manchester City are just a bit too good for Liverpool, and Chelsea are very reliant on Hazard.

“Tottenham might not have signed anyone in the summer, but they’ve only got to get into the top four and before Monday night it was their best start to a season.

“Arsenal have too much to do to bridge the gap, their defence is still the same as it was under Arsene Wenger in terms of giving away chances.

“And Manchester United are dropping too many points and not looking convincing at the minute.”

Merson predicted that City will win the league, Liverpool will be second, Chelsea third and Tottenham fourth, with United missing out on a Champions League by ending in fifth spot and the Gunners sixth.

However, former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson predicted a similar thing to Merson, only that he revealed United will end up in sixth place.

He said: “City still look just too strong for the rest, although Liverpool do have a chance. But they’ll have to do everything right to get the better of them over the course of a season.

“Chelsea have impressed me so far and with Hazard they can take third.”