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Alan Shearer blasts Manchester United

Alan Shearer blasts Manchester United
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Former Newcastle United and England captain Alan Shearer says that Manchester United have "no chance" of finishing in the top four in the Premier League table this season.

Former Newcastle United and England captain Alan Shearer has said that Manchester United have "no chance" of finishing in the top four in the Premier League table this season.

Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool has left United in sixth position, 11 points off fourth-placed Chelsea.

The Red Devils are 19 points behind leaders Liverpool, meanwhile, and Shearer has said that United 'could not cope' with Jurgen Klopp's side at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

"It's nowhere near good enough. Get in the top four? They've got no chance. No chance. Manchester United have a big decision to make. They could come out and back the manager - and back him big - in January," Shearer told The Sun.

"If they don't, that would be very telling as to the direction things are heading. That's if he makes it to January. It's tough going to Anfield, no one is denying that. Especially against this superb Liverpool team. But they were set up to be beaten, set up at best to hang on against Liverpool.

"With seemingly no belief that they could go and get a result - other than a lucky draw maybe. Liverpool went after them and Manchester United couldn't cope."

United will return to Premier League action with a trip to Cardiff City next weekend.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool98102171425
2Manchester CityMan City96122992019
3Leicester CityLeicester9522168817
4Chelsea95221914517
5Arsenal94321312115
6Crystal Palace9423810-214
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs93331513212
8Burnley93331211112
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd933387112
10Bournemouth93331313012
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham93331113-212
12Aston Villa93241513211
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves92521212011
14Manchester UnitedMan Utd9243109110
15Everton9315813-510
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9234912-39
17Southampton9225916-78
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9225514-98
19Norwich CityNorwich92161021-117
20Watford9045521-164

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