Roy Keane believes Manchester United will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season after Sunday’s win over Arsenal.
After a disastrous start to the new season, Erik ten Hag’s revamped team have now won four straight wins after outsmarting the Gunners at Old Trafford.
Mikel Arteta’s side long dominated a riveting competition but United’s counterattack threat illustrated by Marcus Rashford proved crucial as the home side eventually galloped to a 3-1 victory.
After a strong end to the transfer window, United now look unrecognizable from the side who were beaten 4-0 by Brentford last month and are now just three points adrift of top spot.
With new signing Antony making his debut with a goal and Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo coming on from the bench, Keane believes United now have the strength they need to claim Champions League football next season to back up.
He said: “United, I think United are a cert for the top four. I think they have a solid group now.
“Obviously the transfer window, I mentioned it before, is a lot of baggage with players who weren’t happy with the lad.
“The manager is adjusting, we saw the options that came off the bench today… United for me.”
Keane’s former team-mate Gary Neville, meanwhile, has been a bit more circumspect and believes United still have a lot to prove if they can match their rivals in a 38-game season.
He said: “You think Liverpool will only get good because of what they’ve done in recent years. I think United will personally have a hard time getting into the top four.
Regardless of the final result, Erik ten Hag is delighted with the progress his side have shown in recent weeks but insists United are far from done.
He said: “It’s a process – you have to raise the standards every day. That’s my aspiration and the players on our team have that aspiration, we have a lot of players on the team who have won trophies and they have to have that standard. Get the best out of them every day.
“We have to think about the Europa League – today we’ll celebrate briefly and tomorrow we’ll focus on the next game.”
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