Paul Scholes says Manchester United face a punishing trio of games that could derail their top-four hopes as the Premier League speeds towards one of its most exciting ever finales.
While Liverpool and Manchester City are tussling for the title, United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all battling for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea currently occupy third spot with 66 points, having played a game more, while United are bringing up the rear five points further back in sixth place.
Scholes believes it is one of the toughest top-four races to call in recent years, though is backing Arsenal and Spurs given the difficult tests that await United and Chelsea.
‘I think looking at the fixtures you’d be fancying Arsenal,’ Scholes told the Premier League Show, with the Gunners not facing another top-six rival.
‘But Watford away, Wolves away difficult, Leicester away difficult, Burnley away – they’re all difficult games at this stage of the season especially when the prize is so big.
‘Even look at United’s fixtures, tough fixtures. I think they’ll be okay against West Ham but you’ve got Everton away, City at home, Chelsea at home, the last two [against Huddersfield and Cardiff] they should win.
‘Chelsea as well have Liverpool and Man United away. Tottenham have City away but other than that you’d fancy Tottenham to finish strongly.’
United’s clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford looks set to play a defining role in which team finishes in the top four this season, while Spurs play at home – at their brand new stadium – in four of their six remaining games.