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Michael Carrick expects Man Utd to be title contenders

13 August 2017

He scored the victor in a Europa League qualifying match this month.

"It is hard to say what our chances in the league are but we are setting out to be on top", the midfielder, a five-time Premier League champion with United, said. Now, it's climbed all the way to the Premier League.

United will be more tested than last season and two matches per week will be a bigger task than previous year, with Mourinho probably rotating less than in Europa League.

"But we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have people we can trust and go for it".

Tottenham has been faded in the preseason prognostications, mostly on the assumption they will be thrown off due to using Wembley Stadium as a temporary home due to stadium construction.

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Asked if Manchester United was his team now, he didn't hesitate to agree. I think they had to spend a lot of money and I still think their defence lacks quality.

Huddersfield may have signed 11 players but still I still expect them to have a tough experience along with Brighton.

On the left of the attacking trident up front, Marcus Rashford offers blistering pace and fast feet, on the right Henrikh Mkhitaryan with his tidy dribbling and knack for scoring goals, and leading the line, Lukaku, with his huge power, sheer brute strength and goalscoring prowess. Or will one of the free-spending Manchester clubs claim the 2017/18 title?

Arsenal fan, Ryan, says: "We'll do better than past year which was a bit of a disaster".

Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal's dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup last season, but the Gunners boss has no margin for error after going 13 years without Premier League glory.

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Liverpool's squad might struggle to deal with Champions League football and Arsenal should be in the mix but I just think the four above them are stronger.

While the arrival of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mandy and Danilo for the full-back role and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson shows manager Pep Guardiola recognised the need to shore up his back-line, the Spaniard's attacking philosophy is unlikely to change. If he adapts with his team mates, he could win the award. Goals will be flowing for Lukaku with Pogba creating for him.

But the grassroots footballer, Lovepreet Singh, believes Liverpool have the potential to have a great season. Neither of the team wants to lose their first game of the season, and match like this would be more than just a game for the both teams.

Who will you be backing to lift the 2017/18 Premier League trophy?

Brighton & Hove Albion even did it three times, first signing Australian keeper Mathew Ryan, then Dutch midfielder Davy Propper and finally Colombian Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.

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The first week of the season is always one of the hardest to predict, but our writers have a lot of confidence in the top six. However, the club did win the Europa League and the League Cup, giving the manager a platform of success on which to build.

Michael Carrick expects Man Utd to be title contenders