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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes the Red Devils are in a serious one-club battle for fourth in the Premier League, snubbing Antonio Conte and his Tottenham side instead of an Arsenal side in great form”.
United currently sit in fourth place, four points ahead of next top challengers West Ham and Arsenal.
Ralf Rangnick has halted the rot that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been starting to show signs of since his appointment in December.
The German manager racked up a total of just one defeat from 12 possible league matches, claiming 25 points from a possible 36 in the process.
But although Arsenal are four points behind, they are three games less against United.
Still, Schmeichel doesn’t think that’s a problem, preferring points on the board to games in hand.
And his comments mean Conte’s Tottenham side have been completely snubbed from the conversation, despite beating Manchester City 3-2 on Saturday night.
“I think Arsenal showed great form,” the Danish legend admitted to the BBC.
“But actually, in their current form in the last five games, Man United are a bit better than Arsenal. It’s hard to see, but they are.
“I think I have the points on the board rather than the games in hand [is more important].”
United are admittedly having a difficult end to the season, with Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Leicester coming up in their next five league games.
But Schmeichel still thinks the Red Devils are picking up enough points here and there, despite rumors of a commotion in the dressing room.
“Manchester United in periods [where they have] no success is a big, beautiful story and you’ll read so much,” he continued.
“People behind the scenes are saying it’s coming out of the locker room, it’s divisive, all of this, we know, has happened time and time again.
“And the thing is, once you’re inside the training ground, Old Trafford, you stay close, you never tell anyone. So these stories, they literally came out of nowhere. “
United face Watford at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the side looking to avenge their 4-1 loss in November which marked the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure.