Michael Owen: 'Manchester United to replace Arsenal in top four'

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal speaks to members of the media after the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013
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Michael Owen says that former club Manchester United will seal a top-four place next season at the expense of Arsenal.

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has predicted that the Red Devils will replace Arsenal in the top four of the Premier League next season.

United have enjoyed a busy transfer window thus far, spending some £60m on recruiting the likes of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw as manager Louis van Gaal prepares to take the reins at Old Trafford.

The Gunners wrapped up their first summer signing last week by sealing a £30m deal for Alexis Sanchez but, despite admitting that such a coup is a "big step in the right direction", Owen feels that Arsenal will fall short in their Champions League qualification bid.

"The signing of Sanchez has made everyone sit up and take note. I really do rate him, he's a top player and it's a big step in the right direction," he told talkSPORT.

"But, in no particular order, my top four for next season would be Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool."

Arsenal have not finished outside of the top four in any of manager Arsene Wenger's 18 seasons in North London.

Michael Owen celebrates scoring for Manchester United against Wolfsburg on December 08, 2009.
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