Danny Murphy gives his top four verdict as season is set to resume

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The Premier League is set to resume on Wednesday, with midweek clashes between Manchester City and Arsenal, as well as Aston Villa and Sheffield United.

While Liverpool have all but won the league, with 25 points separating them and second placed Manchester City. The main contention is in the race for top four. 8 points separate 4th placed Chelsea from Arsenal who are 9th on the log, and Manchester United are closely breathing on Chelsea’s neck with three points separating the two sides.

Former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has backed Manchester United to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League when the season resumes as he believes Marcus Rashford can play a key role for them, but says the Champions League places are likely ‘beyond’ Arsenal.

“Marcus Rashford is the player I am most excited to see and I believe could make the biggest difference,” Murphy wrote in a column for MailSport.

“If he hits the form he showed before injuring his back in January, Manchester United can qualify for the Champions League. He was in the best form of his life.”

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City on Wednesday, Murphy added: “If City slip up, Liverpool could win the title at Everton on Sunday.  But I can’t see it.

“As the best possession team in Europe, they’ll have no problem rediscovering their rhythm.

“When Kevin De Bruyne is on the ball I just wait to be wowed but Pep Guardiola has gifted, technical players all over the pitch.

“The top four looks beyond Mikel Arteta’s side and while he will have inside knowledge on how Guardiola prepares, the gap looks too great for Arsenal to cause an upset.”

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