Daniel Taylor, The Guardian, @dtguardian
Sorry if it sounds like I’m fudging it, but it’s difficult to answer that one properly until I see who they buy. If Rooney goes to Chelsea and United don’t bring in a replacement, miss out on Fabregas etc, it’s difficult to see you winning the league. But there’s also still plenty of time yet. I see everyone getting frustrated on Twitter etc but, if you remember, RVP didn’t complete his move until August 17 last year.
Henry Winter, The Telegraph, @henrywinter
Second. It’s going to be tough league. This is not one of the great United sides. Depends on signings though.
Oliver Holt, The Daily Mirror, @ollieholt22
It depends a bit on who they sign before the end of the month. Their relative inactivity in the transfer market so far concerns me a bit because I think the club needs to back Moyes strongly to allow him to make his own mark. City have spent a lot of money early and Chelsea have got Mourinho on board, which will galvanise them. I think it will be very tight at the top and at the moment, pre-end of transfer window, I’d go: 1. Chelsea, 2. City, 3. United.
Mark Ogden, The Telegraph, @mogdentelegraph
Somewhere in the top three. I’m really sticking my neck out there, aren’t I?
Ed Malyon, The Daily Mirror, @eaamalyon
Sorry to say it, but third for me. I really rate Pellegrini and think he will do well at City – especially with the players he has bought.
Chelsea will get a lift from Mourinho and I think Lukaku could have a big season but there’s no chance of United slipping back to fourth with Arsenal managing to clusterfuck another summer’s worth of transfer dealings.
Rik Sharma, The Daily Mail, @rbsfeatures
Mike Keegan, Manchester Evening News, @mikekeeganmen
If they don’t make two or three significant additions I would say third. If Chelsea stay clear of serious injury problems I think they will win it with City in second. Winning the title last season with that squad was Sir Alex’s finest hour. It’s a big ask for Moyes to follow suit despite the additions of Wilfried Zaha and Guillermo Varela. If he can bring in the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Cesc Fabregas and Leighton Baines then it will make a difference but it’s not going to be easy with the likes of Arsenal and Spurs set to be more competitive.
Rob Dawson, Manchester Evening News, @robdawsonmen
Honestly, I’ve got no idea. There have been so many changes this summer that United, City and Chelsea are all unknown quantities. I’d expect them to be the top three teams but the order they finish is anyone’s guess. It’s unfortunate for Moyes that he’s been given such a tough start because I think he and the players could have done with a few freebies to get back into the habit of winning games after anything that’s gone on. Moyes was always going to be under the spotlight this season and that’s only going to intensify if United start dropping points. Saying that, if they come through those first 10 games unscathed, I think they’ll win the league.
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