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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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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