Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has said that the Premier League will be a three-horse race for the title, but he is unsure who will finish first.
Sheringham, who won a host of honours in his five years at Old Trafford, believes his former club, neighbours Manchester City, and Chelsea will be the three teams who are best-placed to mount a title challenge next season.
He told the Daily Mirror: “It is hard to say in which order, but they will be the top three. I am confident about that. It looks to me that the rest are playing for fourth place.”
However, Sheringham was keen to dismiss critics of Chelsea, who believe their squad is too old:
“Too old? Never. For me they are an experienced team, not one that is too old.
“It is not as if there are loads of them who are 36 or 37. Frank Lampard is 33 and John Terry 30 – and for me that means they are in their prime.
“It looks difficult to play Dider Drogba and Fenando Torres together. With Nicolas Anelka, Chelsea have three similar players.
“You could play them all in a 4-3-3 but that never seems to work. What Chelsea do lack is a player with that slide-rule pass to set them up with a chance.
“They have Yossi Benayoun, but I can see why they want Luka Modric. He would be perfect for them.”
Sheringham also praised his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s transfer dealings, and how quickly he has moved this summer.
He said: “Sir Alex obviously knew who he wanted and the business was done within, what, three weeks.
“You have to admire that. It is great planning. And there is another side to getting the deals done early.
“They were able to travel with the rest of the squad in pre-season and get to know not only the players, but also what life is all about being a United player. Now they are bedded in.
“And I don’t think United are necessarily finished yet. Wesley Sneijder would be a great signing, in my opinion.”
Sheringham was keen to stress that he feels Manchester City must hold on to Carlos Tevez if they are to truly compete, but regardless they will be a force to be reckoned with.
He said: “Tevez is so important to them. He is a fighter and gives his all. They are so much more powerful with him.
“I know they have signed Sergio Aguero, but he has yet to get used to the English game.
“But there is no question that City are a powerful force to be reckoned with.”