Former Liverpool star predicts Manchester United will be in a battle for fourth this season

Former Leicester City and Liverpool striker Emile Heskey believes Manchester United will be battling it out for a fourth-placed finish this season and not challenging for the Premier League title.

In what is being considered as one of the most wide-open title races in recent years, United have significantly strengthened their squad to give them the best possible chance of securing their first league title since 2013.

The signings of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho have most certainly bolstered two key areas within the squad that were in need of strengthening most, prompting many United fans to start believing that this season could be the Reds’ time to shine again at the top of the pile after several years of being considered as outsiders.

However, former England international Heskey is not so convinced, believing that that the title race will be a three-way battle between Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, leaving United to battle it out for the final top-four berth with his former club, Leicester.

“For me, it’s Man City again,” Heskey told talkSPORT when asked who he thinks will lay their hands on the title this season.

“Even after the Spurs game I still think you know what you’re going to get with them, they’re arguably slow starters but once they get going it’s hard to stop them.

“I think for Liverpool it’s just getting the momentum. They’ll be there or thereabouts.

“I still have them and Chelsea in that three-horse race really. That’s my views on it.”

Heskey, when asked who he think will lock out the top-four this season, continued: “And Leicester!

“Look, United will be there or thereabouts. Leicester will want to break into that and I hope they do.

“But you’re probably saying United will be in there, really.”

If Heskey was to be proven right with his prediction about United, it would, of course, mean that they would have dropped two places on last season’s second-place finish.

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