Spurs ’soft‘, Man Utd ‚dismal‘ – Alan Shearer on why Leicester can make top four

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From Alan Shearer
MOTD2 pundit
I’d be rubbing my palms and thinking what a brilliant opportunity I’ve got this year if I had been Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
Even though Liverpool and Manchester City are miles ahead of everybody else on top of the table, the groups who are typically in the chasing bunch have got major problems.
The Foxes are the’best of the rest‘ right now in third place, and they ought to be seriously thinking they can remain there.
By what we have observed up to now the six over the summer and rodgers targeted, his side not only have a brilliant probability of making it, the top four is a potential for them too.
Since their performances have shown there is nothing to dread they definitely shouldn’t be scared of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or Tottenham.
A week when they dropped to United leicester played badly. However, they showed their qualities when they defeat Tottenham on Saturday and deserved the 3 points.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs team are having a tricky time away from home, particularly right now – they have not managed a league victory.
Tottenham have headed by a goal at half-time inside their past three away matches – against Arsenal, Olympiakos and now the Foxes – nevertheless failed to win any of these, which informs you they have a flair about them they do not look able to put right.
They had a fantastic season last time out, reaching the Champions League final and creating the best four of the Premier League for a fourth consecutive year beneath Pochettino – however they still seem a long way from reaching the next level and lifting a serious title challenge.
Arsenal showed good character to come back from 2-1 down to beat 10 guys on Sunday against Aston Villa but that win doesn’t disguise the fact they’ve got problems.
Because their midfield does not have sufficient players that appear able to track runners it is not just their back-line responsible, but defensively they are all around the place.
Chelsea, who have not kept a clean sheet in eight games this season, are at a similar vessel.
Sadly for boss Frank Lampard , they always look like conceding them but although they revealed against Liverpool that they will score goals and take a risk.
A whole great deal of their players are young and naive, and that means you will have a lot of inconsistency from them and that’s costing them aims.
They will put in some excellent performances – like they did by Liverpool on Sunday and their triumph over Wolves in their defeat last weekend, however they will not always get the appropriate results because of their inexperience.
At Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs put over the weekend – Manchester United did not manage a lot of that in their defeat.
Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was very positive when he confronted the media later, but he has to know about just how bad his group were.
I know they were defended against by him because he has some young players and he doesn’t want to destroy their confidence by criticising them but I believe he is going to say different things for them independently.
They had been bad all inducing fight as well as any creativity, urgency or spark in attack. It was unacceptable.
It is now clear that United took a massive gamble when they sold striker Romelu Lukaku and asked players that are unproven or untried goalscorers to replace him.
Marcus Rashford has huge talent, however he still has a lot of improving to do. Mason Greenwood has huge potential, but it’s a big ask for him personally to direct the assault of United .
Together with Anthony Martial injured and Greenwood sick, they did not have a recognised to substitute Rashford when he limped off London Stadium on Sunday after an hour.
I’ve got some sympathy for Rashford, that didn’t score in open play for the sixth consecutive match this year, as it wouldn’t give me great hope of having 25 or 30 targets if I was playing that group – but he has got to help himself also.
We don’t know if the 21-year-old is going to end up like a centre-forward, but if he is going to be a top-class striker with a killer instinct afterward his motion in the box needs to improve radically, and he needs to learn how to score the horrible aims as well.
United’s squad is lacking midfield as well as up front, something that was highlighted by their seat on Sunday when they shipped to Jesse Fred Lingard and Angel Gomes to try to rescue some point.
But Solskjaer must come across some more creativity from somewhere, so it is vital that he gets more out of Paul Pogba if the France midfielder contributes to fitness.
Teams around the rest are sitting and hitting, but they have to find a way to break down areas that defend deep themselves.
We saw them struggle to do that when they lost at home and it had been the same contrary to the Hammers, who were well organized and didn’t give distance off.
It is fine if playing on the rest is United’s plan A, but what else are they going to do if that does not do the job?
We haven’t seen anything to suggest that Solskjaer has seen a response yet, but the one consolation for him is that a few of the big clubs are fighting too.
BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan was being spoken to by alan Shearer.
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