Phil Neville backs Manchester United to win the Premier League next season

by Leo Nieboer

Phil Neville believes that Manchester United will beat Manchester City to the Premier League title next season.

Jose Mourinho’s men finished in sixth spot last season and a full 24 points behind champions Chelsea after placing emphasis on winning the Europa League from April onwards.

The Portuguese insisted that the Premier League will take priority next season and has secured the services of Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic in preparation.

And Neville, speaking earlier this week, noted that the additions made over the summer will tip the balance in Man United’s favour.

“The two Manchester clubs will fight it out for the league, but Jose Mourinho’s track record of winning titles in his second season and the buys they’ve made this summer mean I am going for United,” he said.

We should take immense pleasure as English football fans from the fact that our top domestic league is genuinely unpredictable. In countries like Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Scotland and Belgium, most know who will emerge on top before a ball is kicked.

The bookmakers have Man City, following a strong window, as favourites, with Chelsea second and Man United third, but these predictions are meaningless. Every top manager will have to do something different next season with his latest group of players.

This is how life at the top works, with the crucial determining factor being how well these changes are implemented and carried out over nine months. And Mourinho has given his side a great chance by adding Matic and Lukaku – two players who took the Premier League by storm last year – to the ranks.

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