- Graeme Souness has predicted top four Premier League teams ahead of new season
- The Scot believes Arsenal and Chelsea will miss out on a top four finish
- Souness is backing Man United to be among the elite clubs after landing £80m Harry Maguire
Graeme Souness, former Premier League manager, has declared that London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea will struggle to make the Premier League top-four finish this campaign.
According to the Scot, the quartet of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham are expected to qualify for Europe.
Chelsea made the top four last season under Maurizio Sarri before joining Juventus.
And Souness insists Chelsea new manager Frank Lampard will not find it easy to repeat last season’s feat.
On the other hand, Arsenal started brightly in a bid to make top-four finish last season, but failed to make it at the end of the day.
Souness is also backing Man United to return to the Champions League next season after landing £80m-rated Harry Maguire.
"I still think, even though Maguire will make them better, it doesn’t make them good enough to challenge at the top," noted the former Liverpool midfielder.
"I see it being between the big two again [champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool. The nearest challengers will be Tottenham – and after that United. Neither Arsenal or Chelsea are good enough."
Man United coughed out a world-record fee for a defender to sign Maguire from Leicester, but Souness believes he will strengthen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defence line.
"If things aren’t going well, he [Maguire] is someone who will step into midfield to make things happen. There’s so much to like about him," he added.
"As well as the quality he brings himself, it’s the knock-on effect this will have on the rest. Teams liked playing United last year – they were vulnerable defensively. But that has definitely changed now.
"Not just because of Maguire’s own input but the calming influence he’ll have – like Van Dijk – on those around him."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Man United have unveiled Harry Maguire as their new signing following his £80m move from Leicester City.
The 25-year-old have now beaten the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk from Southampton after completing a world record fee to become the most expensive defender.
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