Spurs ‘soft’, Man Utd ‘dismal’ – Alan Shearer on why Leicester can make top four
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From Alan Shearer
If I was Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers I thinking what a fantastic opportunity I’ve got this year and would be rubbing my palms.
The other groups who are generally in the chasing pack have all got important troubles, while Liverpool and Manchester City are miles ahead of everyone else at the top of the desk.
The Foxes are the’best of the rest’ in third position at the moment, and they need to be thinking they can stay there.
By what we have seen up to now the six and rodgers targeted, his negative not only have a brilliant likelihood of making it, the best four is a real chance for them also.
As their performances have shown there is nothing to fear they definitely should not be frightened of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or even Tottenham.
Leicester played when they lost to United. But they revealed their attributes when they beat against Tottenham on Saturday and deserved the 3 points.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs team are having a tricky time right now, especially away from home – they have not managed a league triumph on the road since January.
Tottenham have led by a goal at half-time inside their past three away matches – from Arsenal, Olympiakos and the Foxes – but failed to win any of these, which tells you that they have a softness about them that they don’t look able to put right.
They had a fantastic season last time out, reaching the Champions League final and producing the best four of their Premier League for a fourth successive year under Pochettino – however they still appear a long way from reaching another level and mounting a serious title challenge.
Arsenal showed good character to return from 2-1 down to beat 10 guys on Sunday against Aston Villa but that win does not disguise the truth that they have got huge problems defensively.
It isn’t just their own back-line responsible, because their midfield does not have but they are all over the place.
Are at a similar vessel.
They showed against Liverpool that they will always score goals and carry a danger however for boss Frank Lampard they always look like conceding them too.
So you will get a lot of inconsistency out of them, A whole lot of their players are very young and innocent – and that is costing these aims.
They’ll put in some decent performances – such as that they did with their win over Wolves and Liverpool on Sunday in their defeat weekend, but they won’t always get the correct results because of their inexperience.
At least Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs put in a effort over the weekend – Manchester United did not manage much of the in their dismal defeat at West Ham.
When he faced the media afterwards old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was favorable, but he must know about just how poor his group were.
I understand they were defended against by him , because he’s any young players and he doesn’t want to destroy their assurance by criticising them public , but I believe he will say different things for them privately.
They were bad all lacking fight in addition to any ingenuity, urgency or ignite from attack. It was unacceptable.
It is now clear that a gamble was taken by United if they offered striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan and requested players who are either unproven or untried goalscorers to replace him.
Marcus Rashford has talent, but he has lots of improving to do. Mason Greenwood has huge potential, but it is a big ask for him to lead the assault of United at the age of 17.
Greenwood sick and Together with Anthony Martial hurt, they did not even have a recognized to replace Rashford if he limped off at London Stadium on Sunday after one hour.
I’ve got some sympathy for Rashford, who didn’t score in open play for the sixth consecutive match this year, since it wouldn’t give me great hope of having 25 or 30 targets if I had been playing that group – but he has to help himself too.
We still don’t understand if the 21-year-old will end up as as a centre-forward, however if he will be a top-class striker with a killer instinct then his movement at the box should grow radically, and he wants to learn to score the ugly goals also.
United’s team is lacking midfield as well as front, something that was highlighted by their bench on Sunday when they sent on Jesse Fred Lingard and Angel Gomes to try to save a point.
However, Solskjaer must find some more imagination from somewhere, therefore it’s vital that he gets from Paul Pogba when the France midfielder returns to fitnesscenter.
Teams on the rest are sitting and hitting, but in addition they need to find a way to break down sides that defend deep themselves.
We saw them struggle to do that when they lost at home and it was just the same against the Hammers, that had been well organised and didn’t give much distance off.
It’s nice if playing the break is United’s plan A, but what are they going to do if that doesn’t work?
The one consolation for him is that a few of the other clubs are struggling too, although we have not seen anything to suggest that Solskjaer has seen a response yet.
Alan Shearer was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
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