Manchester United's 20th title win coincided with the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and the end of an era in the Premier League.

Ferguson's success with the Red Devils does not need to be stated. He leaves Old Trafford with the trophy room fit to burst and the club sitting pretty at the top of English football.

But the Ferguson era has ended and a question is yet to be answered; who will pick up the mantle and claim the crown as the top manager in English football? An exciting prospect indeed and with so much change among the top teams, the answer is unclear.

The recent return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea was a somewhat of a homecoming for the self-proclaimed 'Special One'. Mourinho's first stint with the west Londoner's was trophy-laden and filled with memorable quotes from the Portuguese maestro.

Chelsea's odds for the title were slashed following the appointment of Mourinho and many have the Blues as nailed on title winners, even at this early stage of the summer. But of course, when Chelsea are involved things are never straight forward and conflict of some manner is inevitable.

If Jose Mourinho is seen lifting the trophy in May, no-one will be surprised, but it may not be as clear cut as it appears.

Manchester City will be back with avengeance next term with Manuel Pellegrini at the helm. The Chilean has done a stellar job at Malaga since 2010, after being sacked by Real Madrid prior to this, despite amassing a club record 96 points in his sole season at the Bernabeu.

Pellegrini's managerial pedigree is undeniable and when combined with Manchester City's blank chequebook, the prospect of a second title in three years seems very promising for the Eastlands outfit.

Whether Pellegrini's style of football will translate into the English game is, of course, yet to be seen. But with a few choice signings, City will be a different beast to the team of the season just gone - particularly in the Champions League, where the Citizens have struggled.

Finally to the current champions, led by their new manager David Moyes. Manchester United will struggle this season; the loss of Ferguson, the continuing transfer saga of Wayne Rooney and the reality that Moyes will need time to take effect at Old Trafford will all contribute to a tough term ahead for the Red Devils.

Moyes' implementation as manager is very much a long term idea and United will still be up there competing, but the league will be a step too far for the Scot in his first season.

With the arrival of Mourinho and Pellegrini, it is hard to see the Premier League title with anything other than blue ribbons attached to it come May. Whether they will be the blue of Chelsea or City remains to be seen.

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