Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes champions Manchester City are being sucked into the “rat race” for the top four Premier League places.
“Whether they want that or don’t want that, that is the position,” said Van Gaal after United’s 3-0 win over Spurs. “It is a rat race. They are in it.”
City are second, six points adrift of Chelsea after a shock loss to Burnley.
Arsenal are a point further back in third, with United two points adrift. Liverpool are also in the hunt.
Premier League table
Victory at Swansea City on Monday night (20:00 GMT kick-off) would move the Anfield side to within four of City.
Van Gaal added that a tight battle for the top four was “good for us, good for the fans and good for the media because there will be lots of things to write about”.
Van Gaal was delighted with United’s win over Spurs, which followed Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Arsenal, but was hesitant about labelling it their best display of the season.
“We have waited a long time for such a victory and it was better because the performance was good against a very good team,” said the Dutchman.