Paul Scholes backs Man Utd for top four Premier League finish after win at Burnley

Anthony Martial opened the scoring for Man Utd against Burnley (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United moved fifth in the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Burnley on Saturday night and now Paul Scholes believe a top four finish should be the minimum they are expecting this season.

Anthony Martial opened the scoring and Marcus Rashford finished it in the 95th minute as the Red Devils made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League.

United are now just one point and one place behind Chelsea in fourth and club legend Scholes believes they have every chance of pinching a Champions League place when it had previously looked very unlikely.

‘I think they’ve got a really good chance [of making the top four].’ Scholes said. ‘Not just this evening, but the last couple of weeks, when they beat Tottenham and beat Man City the way they did.

‘We talk about consistency and the poor result at Watford, and the poor performance really, but they came here tonight, tough place to come, Burnley make it really difficult.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his team are showing resiliency (Picture: Getty Images)

‘United were in complete control of them except maybe five or 10 minutes towards the end.

‘Six weeks ago you were thinking the only way they’d get in the Champions League was through winning the Europa League, but now, with Chelsea losing a little bit of form, they;re a point behind Chelsea now.

‘They’re looking comfortable and confident now and the minimum they should be expecting is finishing in the top four.’

United succumbed to a tepid defeat to Watford on 22 December but have now bounced back with wins over Newcastle and the Clarets.

Solskjaer is delighted to see his team respond from that low at Vicarage Road and also feels that the Champions League places are within their reach.

‘Of course we want to get there and we’re not far away and that’s a challenge for this team,’ said the Norwegian.

‘Towards the end of last season we were close to the top four and we dropped off.

‘They’ve responded to the defeat against Watford, I put a challenge to them and they’ve put my words to shame. I’m very happy with them.’

Chelsea have the chance to move away from United when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, before Manchester United then face the Gunners on Wednesday.

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