Merson weighs up Man Utd top four hopes after Norwich win

Paul Merson thinks Manchester United are still in the race for the top four because of the nature of the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils followed up their point at home to leaders Liverpool with away wins against Partizan Belgrade and Norwich City to cap a good week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

United are currently seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and just three adrift of Arsenal in fifth after the win at Norwich.

And Merson thinks it will only take three wins “on the trot” for United to be talked about as possible top-four finishers.

“It’s been a good week for them,” Merson told Sky Sports. “They stopped Liverpool, went to Partizan and kept a clean sheet and they would have wanted to keep a clean sheet against Norwich.

“They had to beat Norwich surely, they got beaten 5-0 by Aston Villa at home and the last thing you need is to be going there and getting beaten – that would have been a disaster.

“We put such a high bar on Man Utd because they’re the biggest club in the world and now we’re talking about having a good week drawing at home to Liverpool and beating Partizan and Norwich away.

“I didn’t think in my wildest dreams that I’d be sitting here talking about a good week like that for Man Utd. A few years ago, it wouldn’t even come up, it would just be run of the mill.

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“Liverpool don’t win at Old Trafford and they go and win the other two games – that’s what is expected, but this is where they are at the moment.

“All it is with Man Utd is a bit of consistency and confidence. You only have to win three on the trot and before you know it, you’re back in the top-four race and that’s what they’re in.”

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