Exclusive – Higginbotham backs Manchester United to make top four

first_imgDanny Higginbotham has backed his former club Manchester United to finish in the top four this season, claiming they will get stronger and stronger throughout the campaign.The Red Devils have recorded three consecutive league victories since losing to reigning champions Manchester City in November, including a convincing 3-0 win against Hull on Saturday.And Higginbotham believes a combination of United’s strength in depth and Louis van Gaal’s ability to adjust his tactics for different games will be enough to propel the 13-time Premier League winners into the Champions League places come the end of the season.“United are going to get better as the season goes on,” Higginbotham told talkSPORT.“They’ve got more players and better players to come back [from injury] than those that are actually playing.“You’ve got [Radamel] Falcao, who I believe will be a fantastic player for Manchester United, you’ve got Daley Blind who started well, [Ander] Herrera’s been in and out but he’s now back fit and [Juan] Mata seems to be getting things better.”The former Stoke defender added: “Tactically he [Van Gaal] can set up in different ways.  “He’s played 4-3-3, he’s played a diamond and he’s played three at the back. He knows what things to do and he knows how to get results.“If you look at his track record at previous clubs, it takes a few months for him to get going and then what happens is everything falls into place. The players start to understand his philosophy and then they keep rising and rising.”Higginbotham also questioned Liverpool’s credentials for a top four challenge, claiming they are a weaker team than they were last season despite spending more than £110 million on new signings during the summer.“Liverpool have spent all that money and are actually a worse team than they were last year,” he said.“They might not have spent as much as Manchester United but, let’s be honest, United needed to spend money and they are far better than they were last season.“The aim of spending money in the summer is to make sure you are better than you were last season.”last_img

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