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

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By Alan Shearer
MOTD2 pundit
I would be rubbing my hands and thinking what a fantastic opportunity I’ve got this season, if I had been Leicester supervisor Brendan Rodgers.
Even though Liverpool and Manchester City are miles ahead of everyone else on peak of the table, the other teams that are in the chasing bunch have got issues.
The Foxes will be the’best of the rest’ at the moment, and they need to be seriously thinking they’re able to remain there.
From what we have seen so far the six on the summer and rodgers targeted, his negative not just have a brilliant chance of making it, the best four is a potential for them too.
As their performances have shown us there is nothing to dread, they definitely should not be frightened of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or even Tottenham.
Leicester played badly when they lost to United. They revealed their qualities if they deserved the three points and defeat Tottenham on Saturday.
The Spurs team of mauricio Pochettino are having a tricky time away from home, especially right now – they have not managed a league victory on the street since January.
Tottenham have led by a goal at half-time inside their previous three away games – from Arsenal, Olympiakos and the Foxes – but failed to win any of them, which tells you that they have a flair about them they do not appear able to put directly.
They had a fantastic season out time, reaching the Champions League final and making the best four of their Premier League for a fourth successive year under Pochettino – however they still seem a long way from attaining another level and lifting a serious title challenge.
Arsenal showed great character to return from 2-1 down to beat Aston Villa with 10 guys on Sunday but win does not disguise the truth that they have got problems defensively.
Since their midfield does not have sufficient players who appear able to monitor runners, it isn’t only their own back-line responsible, but they are all around the area.
Are at a similar boat.
They showed against Liverpool that a danger is carried by them and will always score goals but for manager Frank Lampard they always seem like conceding them too.
A good deal of the players are young and naive, therefore you are going to receive a whole great deal of inconsistency and that’s costing them goals.
They will add some decent performances – like that they did by also their win over Wolves and Liverpool on Sunday weekend, however they will not always get the 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 favorable when he faced the media afterwards, but he must know about just how bad his group were.
I understand why he defended against them, because he has some young players and he does not need to ruin their faith by criticising them but I presume he is going to be saying different things independently.
They had been poor all lacking any ingenuity, urgency or ignite as well as fight . It was unacceptable.
It’s now clear that United took a gamble if they asked players that are goalscorers that are untried or unproven to replace him and offered striker Romelu Lukaku.
Marcus Rashford has enormous talent, but he has lots of improving to do. Mason Greenwood has enormous potential, but it is a big ask for him personally to lead the attack of United at age 17.
With Anthony Martial injured and Greenwood sick, they did not have a on the bench to replace Rashford if he limped off at London Stadium on Sunday after an hour.
I’ve some sympathy for Rashford, that didn’t score in open play for the sixth consecutive game this season, as it would not provide me great hope of getting 25 or 30 targets if I was playing that group – but he has to help himself also.
We still don’t understand if the 21-year-old will wind up like a centre-forward, however if he is going to be a top-class striker having a killer instinct then his motion at the box should improve dramatically, and he needs to learn how to score the ugly goals also.
United’s team is lacking from midfield as well as something that was emphasized by their bench on Sunday when they sent to Jesse Lingard, up front, Fred and Angel Gomes to try to save a point.
But Solskjaer must locate some more creativity from somewhere, therefore it is vital he gets out of Paul Pogba when the France midfielder returns to fitness.
Teams around the break are sitting and hitting, but in addition they have to discover a way to break down.
We found them struggle to do this when they lost at home and it was the same against the Hammers, that didn’t give much space off and were well organized.
It is nice if playing on the rest is United’s plan A, but what are?
The one consolation for him is that a number of the other large clubs are struggling too, although we haven’t seen anything to suggest that Solskjaer has seen a response yet.
Alan Shearer spoke to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
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