Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher makes Premier League top four predictions as he reveals Man Utd ‘worry’

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher makes Premier League top four predictions as he reveals Man Utd ‘worry’

JAMIE CARRAGHER has made his top four predictions, while admitting his Manchester United “worry”.

The race for Champions League qualification is set to hot up in the coming weeks, with Arsenal, Manchester City, Man United and Newcastle currently occupying the spots.

Jamie Carragher offered up his top four predictions

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Jamie Carragher offered up his top four predictions

Just one point separates fourth-placed Toon from Tottenham – but Carra reckons Eddie Howe’s side will fend off the North Londoners.

According to Metro, the former Liverpool defender believes that the top four will remain the same.

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This would see United return to the Champions League at the first time of asking under Erik ten Hag.

And as a former Red, Carragher is worried about the progress being made by his old side’s bitter rivals.

Speaking on Sky Bet’s The Overlap, he said: “It does feel different to me under Erik ten Hag.

“I always felt there was a negativity around the previous managers. With Jose Mourinho it felt like there were problems between him and the board.

“With Louis van Gaal, I’m not sure the fans were ever on board with his style of football.

“And with Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], no one ever thought he would be a manager who could win United a title.

Erik ten Hag has enjoyed a decent start to life at Manchester United

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Erik ten Hag has enjoyed a decent start to life at Manchester United

“But now it feels like they’ve got a manager who knows what he’s doing.

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“Also, it feels like there’s a spirit at United that we haven’t seen for a while.

“It feels like that’s coming back. I think there’s something happening at Manchester United that I didn’t see with those other managers. So it’s worry, yeah!”

Carra, 45, also ate humble pie regarding his previous criticism of Lisandro Martinez.

Last August he claimed he was “convinced” that the £55million signing wouldn’t work – due to concerns regarding the Argentine’s 5ft 9in height.

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But now labelling Martinez as his “biggest surprise” of the season – Carragher said: “He’s been a big part of Manchester United’s spirit.

“There was a game I saw a few weeks ago and he was a sub, and someone scored a late goal, and he was right involved in the celebrations.

“At the World Cup with Argentina, we saw him have that fight – with him and Casemiro coming in, they feel more powerful and strong.

“Someone of that size will get exposed in the air – that has to happen at some stage.

“Every player has weaknesses; the best players hide them or make sure they don’t get exposed.

He’s a really good player and he’s surprised me the way he’s coped.”

Lisandro Martinez has performed well for Man United

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Lisandro Martinez has performed well for Man United