Former Fulham and West Ham defender Tony Gale believes Manchester United will pip Arsenal and Liverpool into fourth place at the end of the season.
United are currently on a 17-match unbeaten Premier League run and have improved drastically under Jose Mourinho in the second half of the season - leading Gale to predict that they will go on to sneak fourth place ahead of their rivals.
Speaking to Sky Sports, as quoted by the Daily Star, he said: "I think they will get in the top four and the expense of Arsenal and Liverpool."
And on runaway leaders Chelsea, he added: "I think they were always going to cruise it and I think they could win it by more than the 10 points that Leicester won it last season because they've been that good and they've had it fall in their laps the way that it is."
United are currently in Russia as they prepare to face FC Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday evening, and they will be hoping to come through the game unscathed, with the pitch seemingly in an unforgiving condition.
Former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Chris Kirkland said: "Keepers and defenders obviously with the bobbles you don't want to be playing balls across your backline.
"The first thing you do when you go to a new stadium, you go out to the pitch and see what it is like. I'd imagine it will cut up and there will be a lot of bobbles but hopefully a mistake doesn't cost Manchester United tonight."
Mourinho had called for the game to be postponed, but his appeals fell on deaf ears and his stars will kick-off against their Russian opponents as scheduled at 6pm UK time.