MANCHESTER UNITED will finish above Chelsea and Arsenal in the race to finish fourth and secure Champions League qualification – despite their injury woes.
That is the view of former West Ham goalkeeper and ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop.
Like most, Hislop, 50, has been impressed by the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has helped turn the club around since taking interim charge in December.
And he reckons the momentum they have generated over recent weeks and their confidence will see them finish the season in the top four.
That is despite up to NINE first-team players being unavailable for United’s trip to Crystal Palace tonight.
Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata all limped off in the first half against Liverpool on Sunday, while Marcus Rashford was forced to play through the pain but is a doubt.
Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia have also been ruled out.
Hislop said: “I just feel United will get it.
“The injuries this weekend aside, I still feel that they’re a team playing with a whole lot more confidence than Chelsea are.
“As much as Arsenal are there and thereabouts, I don’t see them finishing fourth, I have them down as fifth.
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“I just think this Chelsea thing, we’ll know a whole lot about them with how they turn over this whole incident at the cup final.
“But not a lot for me to phone home about.”
When he came in, United were sixth, 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and eight adrift of the Gunners in fifth.
But since then, eight wins and two draws in the Premier League have seen the Red Devils climb their way back into contention.
They now sit fifth on 52 points, just a point behind Arsenal and two clear of the Blues with their goal difference 17 better than when Jose Mourinho was sacked.
Former Arsenal stars Paul Merson and David Seaman also had their say on the race for the top four on Sky Sports – and both backed Chelsea to sneak in.
Merson said: “Chelsea with Manchester United’s injuries.”
While Seaman added: “My heart says Arsenal but my head says Chelsea.”