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Manchester United are MILES off the pace, my D grade was fair – Robbie Savage replies to YOUR tweets

Date Posted,December 28, 2016

It’s never easy to ruffle the feathers of cold turkey, but Robbie Savage turned it into a fine art with his half-term report and Premier League team of the season to date.

Tottenham and Liverpool fans were upset none of their players made Mirror Sport pundit Savage’s composite XI, and Arsenal fans seemed especially peeved with his remark about the “same old, same old” Gunners.

In our weekly dip into his online postbag, Savage responds to the critics in his inimitable style…

@arunspurs: Tottenham are 4 points ahead of the same round of fixtures compared to last season. And put the injuries they have suffered this season compared to last year – Spurs lost Kane, Toby, Dembele, Lamela to many number of games. Those four have hardly played 90 minutes together this season. But hey ho, Mr Savage thinks Spurs are going backwards when reality is they are coming into form and fitness at the right time.

SAV SAYS: “In terms of pure statistics, you make a fair point. But last season, most of the big guns – Chelsea, United, City, Liverpool – were asleep at the wheel, and they have woken up this season. At the halfway stage last year, Tottenham were third in the table, four points behind the leaders – but the current gap to Chelsea is wider and Spurs are currently fifth. By my reckoning, going from third to fifth is going backwards. Sorry if you don’t like it.”

Spurs ARE going backwards (Photo: AFP)

@farukumaraminu: D for #ManUnited is a little harsh

SAV SAYS: “Why is it a harsh mark? Here we are, on the brink of the New Year, and Manchester United are sixth in the table and to all intents they are out of the title race. Yes, they are improving, and I can see Jose Mourinho finishing in the top four, which would be a recovery of sorts after United’s poor results in early autumn. But I tipped them to win the title and they are miles off the pace. Look at Chelsea, and how quickly they have turned it around this season. You say my grade is harsh – I say it’s fair.”

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