Aston Villa prove Gary Neville Man Utd 'sneak' theory spectacularly wrong

Manchester United can't finish above Aston Villa this season
Manchester United can't finish above Aston Villa this season -Credit:Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images

Aston Villa secured a top five finish in the Premier League after drawing 2-2 with Chelsea at Villa Park on Saturday night.

Villa were searching for their 21st league victory of the season and squandered a two-goal lead after the hour mark. Noni Madueke and Conor Gallagher restored parity for Chelsea, before VAR ruled out what the Blues thought was a late winner when Axel Disasi's bounced over the line off the bar and Robin Olsen, who came on for the injured Emi Martinez at half-time.

Only time will tell if it was two points dropped or a points gained by Villa, who are now seven points clear of Tottenham ahead of the north London derby. The result means Villa are guaranteed to finish above Manchester United for the first time in Premier League history.

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Former United defender Gary Neville was confident that Erik ten Hag's side would be able to finish in the top four back in February, following three wins in a row for the Red Devils against Wolves, Villa and West Ham.

"There is still a long way to go for United, they still have a lot of work to do," Neville said ahead of United's win over Luton. "But travelling from Manchester this morning, looking at that league table and thinking about what United have got coming forward and the fact they have got a lot of their players fit, there is a lot more optimism about whether United can finish in the Champions League places.

"If I was looking at it today, I would probably say, 'Yes, they'll sneak into that fourth place'. They have got to be consistent and they haven't been that over this season."

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