Harry Redknapp: 'I wouldn't see Manchester United making top four'

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"I don't see where they're going to be next year"

Harry Redknapp thinks that either Wolves, Everton or West Ham will break into top six next season, and that Manchester United and Arsenal could find it difficult to retain their position among the Premier League's 'big boys' with their current squads.

Wolves finished best of the rest last term, obtaining a hugely impressive 7th-place finish in their first season back in the top flight since their demotion to the Championship back in 2012.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men displayed some tremendous football throughout an exhilarating campaign last time out, which also saw Manchester United once again drop out of the top four and miss out on a spot in next season's Champions League.

The West Midlands outfit finished just nine points behind United, but will be looking to go one better next term by breaking into the coveted top six.

Redknapp - who took charge of Portsmouth, Spurs and QPR - in the top flight during his managerial career, thinks that both United and Arsenal will struggle to hold onto their position among the Premier League big hitters next season.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the 72-year-old said: “I think next season we might see one of the big six dropping out.

“I’m not sure how strong Arsenal are defensively and, unless they bring some players in, I don’t see where they’re going to be next year. I honestly think Manchester United are the same"

“[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka has a big future, but I think they need four, five, maybe even six players. I think they’re miles away.

“Man United need to bring in good players to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to be successful and, looking at it at the moment, I wouldn’t see them making the top four.

“They need to restructure that team, there’s an awful lot of work that needs to be done there to get them challenging for the title again.

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United have bolstered their back-line with the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, but Redknapp believes they need more to challenge next season.

With both managers investing heavily in their squads throughout the previous year, both Marco Silva and Nuno Espirito Santo will definitely be aiming to disrupt the established order next term.

The Toffees and Wolves are both currently priced at odds of 3/1 to make it into the top six come next May.

“Someone might creep into that top six next year, it would make a good change, wouldn’t it?" added Redknapp.

“I think maybe Everton, they finished strongly last year, and West Ham will be closer this year. West Ham have made a couple of good signings and they could be a team that could certainly get closer.

“Even Wolves, they had a great season, they’ve got some fantastic players and they could be one of the teams getting in there.”


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