Confidence in last season's champions retaining their crown appears low and, based on the Goal predictions, rivals Chelsea and Manchester City represent a better bet for the title
Premier League champions Manchester United will start the season only third favourites for the title behind Chelsea and Manchester City, according to bookmakers.
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Is it harsh that last season’s runaway champions have been written off before the campaign is even underway, or have the chasing pack caught up, and even overtaken, the Red Devils?
United will have to deal with the absence of Sir Alex Ferguson and the club has so far failed to make a single marquee signing – the only additions to the squad have been youngsters Wilfried Zaha, signed in January but loaned back to Crystal Palace, and Guillermo Varela.
Title contenders Chelsea, on the other hand, have been boosted by the return of the “Happy One” Jose Mourinho while City have spent lavishly to improve an already impressive squad.
Have United's noisy neighbours catapulted past the defending champions after their summer spending spree? Can Mourinho lead Chelsea to the title just as he did during his first tenure? Or can United defy their critics and mount a resistance?
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Barely three months after lifting the title, United - the most successful team in English football history - can't surely have slipped out of contention entirely, can they? Is it foolish to write off the Red Devils, or have Chelsea and City stretched ahead of them?
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Goal experts Peter Staunton and Carlo Garganese will be defending their choices in a LIVE Q&A at 13:00BST.