Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has stoked the Barclays Premier League flames just three matches into the season.

With the Red Devils looking to claim a 20th English league title this term, the challenges are expected to come from a number of clubs, including 'noisy neighbours Manchester City.

But Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant has all-but written off all of their rivals, most notably Chelsea, claiming Andre Villas-Boas' side are too old to be considered as legitimate contenders this term.

"We are not afraid of anyone at all. City have made very good signings, but we have something they don't possess. We know what it takes to win trophies," he told the Daily Star.

"City are still a big rival. But Arsenal have gone backwards, Liverpool are still in a stage of rebuilding and Chelsea have just made one major signing in Juan Mata.

"Besides, Chelsea's squad is too old, and their tempo is not high enough to win the Premier League."

Meulensteen was also quick to play down United's 8-2 success against the Gunners at Old Trafford last weekend.


 

Whilst pundits have lauded the efforts of Ferguson's side, Meulensteen believes things were just going against Arsene Wenger at the time, and the result just amplified the loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

"Our win over Arsenal was something special," he added.

"Their squad has lost a lot of quality with Fabregas and Nasri's departures. It's as though nothing is going right for Arsene Wenger right now."

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