Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas believes it would be foolish to write off Manchester United's Premier League title chances this early in the season, claiming the champions "can't be trusted" to maintain their poor form.

The Red Devils have already lost three games in the league this season, having succumbed to defeat against Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom, and find themselves in eighth place, level with newly-promoted Hull City.

Leaders Arsenal are eight points ahead of Manchester United after eight matches played, and overhauling the Gunners would already appear to be a daunting prospect for David Moyes' side.

Fabregas, who was part of the last Arsenal squad to win the league title, does not believe Manchester United should be discounted from retaining their crown, despite enduring mixed fortunes under new manager David Moyes.

"Ha ha! Yes, with Manchester United there is always talk about a dip, a dip, a dip and yet they always end up there, at the top. You can’t trust them," the Barcelona midfielder told the Daily Mail.

Fabregas had been a summer target for Manchester United as Moyes strived to recruit a creative midfield player of some repute, but the club were unable to bring the Spain international to Old Trafford.

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