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Edwin van der Sar writes off Liverpool title chances as he believes biggest threat to Manchester United will come from Chelsea and City

Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar believes Manchester City and Chelsea will be the main challengers to the champions in the 2011-12 season, as he feels Liverpool won't be contenders and sees Arsenal as a side in limbo.

The Red Devils are one Premier League trophy from their twentieth league title, and their recently retired former goalkeeper believes that the biggest threat to United's chances of retaining their crown will come from Chelsea and Manchester City.

He told ESPN STAR and Asia One: "It's going to be Chelsea again, they are always going to be challenging.

"Maybe Manchester City will be there, although they may have some trouble convincing Carlos Tevez to stay."

He also believes Arsenal will not pose as big a threat as usual if they lose captain Cesc Fabregas and playmaker Samir Nasri, and also thinks Liverpool may fall short again.

"Liverpool will be really motivated to try and win the league," he continued. "They will be anxious to try and overtake our 19th title, but I don't think that's going to happen.

"Arsenal, at the moment, are a little in limbo because some players are going to leave. They have issues of strengthening key areas and convincing players to stay."

Regardless of challenges from City and Chelsea, van der Sar is convinced the future is bright at United given the young players Sir Alex Ferguson has at his disposal.

"Chicharito has been amazing and it's been the same with the twins (Rafael and Fabio da Silva). I remember one game they both played against Arsenal. They played left and right wing and Fabio scored from a cross by his brother.

"They're extremely talented and hopefully they can keep on making progress."

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