ESPN – How Southampton have managed to keep up with the Premier League’s elite

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner predicts the Premier League top four, explaining Southampton are the real deal, while Manchester United will miss out. When Manchester City took Southampton apart with a clinical 3-0 victory at St Mary's on Nov. 28, a “told you so” mob gathered. The romance could not last, these Saints could not keep marching on. The club's pluck was to be admired, but their lofty position in the top four was bound to be subsumed by Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool. Further defeats to United, Arsenal and then (more worryingly) Burnley, plus Sheffield United in the League Cup, suggested just that. And yet Saturday's 2-1 win…