By Coral Barry

Stan Collymore has suggested that a host of Premier League clubs would be better off without their American owners.

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa player identified five struggling top flight teams on Sunday that have been taken over by Americans in recent years.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Villa, Sunderland and Liverpool were picked out by Collymore as he hinted their league woes could have something to do with their majority shareholder.

Randy Lerner’s Villa were given a stay of execution at the weekend after their latest loss virtually confirmed their relegation into the Championship while Sunderland could well join them as they remain rooted in the bottom three with six games left to play.

At the other end of the table Liverpool, Arsenal and United have all failed to reach the lofty expectations that is expected of them.

Arsenal, whose majority shareholder is Stan Kroenke, have been the only member of the quintet to mount a title challenge but a record of just two victories in the last six league games have left them a massive 13 points behind leaders Leicester.

Liverpool and United have fared even worse with both sides struggling to compete for a Champions League spot this season, although the Merseysiders remain in contention to win the Europa League ahead of their quarter-final second leg showdown with Borussia Dortmund on Thursday.

American company Fenway Sports Group own the Merseyside club who are currently in 8th position in the table while 5th placed United were bought by the Glazer family in 2005.

In other Aston Villa news, Harry Redknapp has identified just one player at the club who is good enough to stay in the top flight.