Former Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, believes Chelsea and Manchester City are stronger than the Red Devils.
Scholes hailed the impact of new manager Louis van Gaal and believes United’s opening fixtures could see them at the top of the league after six games.
“They’ll be a lot better this year. The first six games look favourable and if they can be near or top of the league at the end of those then you take it from there,” he said.
“They’ve got players who should be good enough. People like Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young took a lot of stick last season but you don’t become bad players overnight. These players know how to win leagues.
“It’s only Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, who have just come in, and Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini who haven’t won the league.”
However, the BT Sport pundit explained Chelsea and Manchester City have stronger squads than his former side and believes United’s best possible finish is Champions League qualification.
“I just worry that City and Chelsea have a bit too much for them,” he added.
“Normally it’s part of the team that doesn’t change too much. Now it’s time for other players to step up.
“The biggest thing with the three central defenders now is fitness. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans all seem to pick up quite a few injuries, which is worrying.
“I know Van Gaal likes Michael Keane and Tyler Blackett, but are they ready to come into a team and win the league yet? I’m not so sure. They are capable of getting close, but I think the best we can hope for is a Champions League place.”
Manchester United start the new English Premier League campaign against Swansea today.
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