Harry Redknapp has written off the Barclays Premier League as a two-horse race just five games into the season.
But the Tottenham Hotspur boss gives his side chance of breaking into the top four because they won't have the distraction of European football.
Spurs' faultless start to the season was brought to a halt by Manchester United on Saturday, when the champions recorded a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane despite having Paul Scholes sent off in the second half.
Redknapp believes United will be challenging for top spot again in May and warns that Spurs next opponents Chelsea are the only viable rivals.
How many teams are in the title race, Harry?
'United or Chelsea will win the title and the others will find it hard to overtake Liverpool or Arsenal, but we will all have a go and not being in the Europa League will help,' said the former Portsmouth manager.
Striker Peter Crouch believes Spurs can take some positives out of the defeat by United.
'Losing to United was disappointing, but we have to remember we've had a fantastic start to the season, and in spells on Saturday we were the better side out there,' said the England international.
'It is not as though we were completely outclassed all game but if you sit off teams like United and Chelsea, they will punish you.
'We have to keep pressing them at every opportunity, force them into errors and not let them play.
'Working hard is what we've been fantastic at this season. With the quality we've got, we can always play but we've got to make sure we work hard and match them in that area.'