Jamie Carragher believes Manchester’s two big clubs are now out of the Premier League title race, as he suggests just four teams are now competing to land the biggest prize in English football.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola conceded his side were no longer part of the title narrative after their crushing 4-0 defeat at Everton, while local rivals United are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
That has inspired Carragher to suggest this season's title will be contested between leaders Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.
When asked how many clubs he believed could win the title, he offered up this response to Sky Sports: “I think four. I don’t think the Manchester clubs can.
“Two or three games into the season, they were the two we all felt would battle for the title, but they are 10 and 12 points behind and Chelsea’s goal difference is almost double which is an extra point. I only see Arsenal and above who can win the title.”
Carragher picked out in-form Tottenham as the side well placed to push Chelsea all the way in the final 17 games of the season, after they moved up to second place in the table with a sixth successive win of the season against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
“They have a great chance. Chelsea are favourites of course but Spurs went very close last year,” he added.
“The more you watch (Christian) Eriksen, the more you watch Dele Alli and Harry Kane the more you think they will become superstars. And if they take Spurs to the title, we will be calling them superstars.
“Out of the chasing pack, they’ve got as good a chance as anyone.”