Scholes wary of 'biggest rivals'

United midfielder says Chelsea are main threat for Prem title

Scholes: Hungry for title

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Paul Scholes believes that Chelsea will be Manchester United's main rivals for the Premier League title this season but remains wary of Manchester City.

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The Red Devils were denied a fourth straight league crown last campaign as Carlo Ancelotti's men claimed glory.

United's bitter rivals City, meanwhile, have again strengthened this summer, sparking suggestions they could be contenders for England's top prize.

Scholes is more concerned about Chelsea, although the United playmaker is confident his side have what it takes to regain the title.

He said: "Who will our biggest rivals for the title be? You have got to say Chelsea. And the rest... you just do not know.


"City? We will have to see what happens there. They have bought so many players. Whether they can gel together remains to be seen.

"It is great for the city to have two top teams. It's a change from them being in the Second Division 10 years ago!

"There has always been big rivalry between us anyway, but even more so with the power they have got.

"Will their spending help to motivate us? Yes. The last thing we want is City above us. It has not happened while I have been here and hopefully it won't."

The midfielder continued: "Liverpool could be contenders. It just depends on how they start with a new manager.


"You always have to be wary of Liverpool. The season before last they were really close to giving us a major challenge.

"Last season, for whatever reason, it did not work out for them. It is much the same group of players, with Joe Cole added to it as well. I am sure they will be a good team this year round.

"We have to be confident. Last year we didn't win what we wanted to win, but, looking back, we definitely were not that far off.

"You do not want to use excuses, but the injuries we had were shocking really. Hopefully most of us can stay fit this year and hopefully we can go one step further than last season.

"Plus, Petr Cech and Didier Drogba will be out at the start of season, injured for Chelsea. It is a big miss for them."