Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes rivals Manchester United are in pole position to win next season's Premier League title.
Kompany has labelled the Red Devils as 'favourites' despite the fact the champions have lost legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and have so far failed to make any major summer signings.
On the other hand, City have also changed manager over the summer but have spent just shy of £100m on Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Kompany said on the upcoming title race: "I think you have to keep it in the order of last season’s ranking.
"United won last season so they will be the favourites, then it will be us, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.
“That’s how it goes but every season it changes so we’ll see how it goes. For the neutrals it will be such an interesting season.”
Kompany is still ruing last season's 1-0 FA Cup final defeat against former Premier League strugglers Wigan Athletic.
“I would say we failed in crucial moments," added the Belgium international.
“The FA Cup Final is a big example where we failed in a very important moment.
"It would have been an OK season if we’d won the FA Cup and we ruined it for ourselves.
“We’ve only got ourselves to blame. We finished second and there were a lot of teams who invested a lot of money and finished below us, so you can see that it can happen.
“It was a disappointment because we won the title the season before and you just want to win it again and again.
"Obviously the Champions League was just very bad.”
Manchester City's pre-season tour comes to an end on Saturday when they face Arsenal in Helsinki.