This year's title race is so unpredictable that not only is it difficult to determine a stand-out victor through their squads but also, it's been almost impossible to glean anything from any one of the top three's pre-season campaigns.

Lets take a closer look...

Manchester United

Last year's champions have been subjected to criticism from a number of different sources due to their lack of a creative central midfielder.

With Cesc Fabregas seemingly out of reach for Manchester United one can only assume David Moyes will look closer to home and invest in someone like Fellaini. Other murmurs of doubt have arisen due to a managerial change that will unquestionably oversee the biggest adjustment  in the clubs recent history.

Some claim that we will only see the true 'magic' of Sir Alex now that he has gone, and that Manchester United have an average squad that without Sir Alex's managerial guidance is destined to finish in third or fourth place.

Although wishful thinking for some of us (myself included) Manchester United's strength in depth is so palpable, particular from an attacking perspective, that I would be surprised if they were outside of the top two. One of two quality acquisitions and they would have to be, once again, deemed as the team to beat this year.

Chelsea

It's been a long time coming, but I think Chelsea are finally getting past the crossroads that they have been seemingly delayed at for around three years.

This is the first year where there is a distinct degree of optimism around Stamford Bridge.

On the face of it they have invested well, Andre Schurrle looks every bit a Premier League star and the return of Romelu Lukaku, will, in my opinion be the making of this year's side as I can see him being the central point to Jose Mourinho's team like Didier Drogba was in Mourinho's first stint with the club.

I believe that success for Chelsea will be if they are in the mix come the 35th game or so, as they haven't been able to keep up with the unenviable pace set by the Manchester pairing, with Mourinho's undeniable knowledge and passion for the English game, coupled with the players he has at his disposal, I can only see positive things for the club this year.

Manchester City

With all that's been going on with Manchester United and Chelsea some have forgotten that Manchester City have undergone some major changes themselves.

The sacking of Roberto Mancini at the end of the season would have been met with distain from several sections of the City faithful, as domestically he made them into a considerable force, albeit without acquiring any silverware last year.

Manuel Pellegrini steps forward as a relatively unknown quantity within the English game. Highly successful and prominent in Spain, his most recent achievement saw him guide financially stricken Malaga to sixth in La Liga and a quarter final spot in the Champions League which saw them cruelly put out by eventual finalists Dortmund.

The Spaniard has already taken on Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic and Jesus Navas who should add some spice and vigour to an already fully capable front line. Crucially for City, Pellegrini cannot alter the spine of the club - Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero - and I think if he manages to adapt his flair players around them City could easily be in the running for a second League title in three years.  

  

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