Big changes are happening in the Premier League this summer.
Add Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal into the mix - not to mention Claudio Ranieri’s title winners, Leicester City - and, quite clearly, we have the most mouth-watering Premier League campaign in history coming up in a few months’ time.
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As things stand, Manchester City are currently the bookmakers’ favourites to win the 2016-17 Premier League title - hardly surprising when you consider they’ve secured the services of one of the world’s best coaches and already have a pretty decent squad of players.
They’re followed by Chelsea, whose new boss Conte will be desperate to win the title in his very first season. He’s that sort of guy.
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Neville: United are favourites with Mourinho
However, Phil Neville believes United’s imminent appointment of Mourinho makes them favourites to win the trophy next season.
United have finished seventh, fourth and fifth over the past three campaigns, but Neville expects instant success from the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss.
"I think the Premier League will be a different dynamic this year -- it will be a war,” the former United player and coach was quoted as saying by ESPN.
"I think, if you are going to war, you need the biggest weapons and your best artillery -- and that's Jose. He is the best at creating a siege mentality of us against the world and, under Sir Alex Ferguson, that was what United were always good at.
"United had to employ someone with the character, charisma and ability to take on Manchester City and Guardiola because he is one of the best as well.
"Then you have [Jurgen] Klopp at Liverpool, [Mauricio] Pochettino at Tottenham and [Antonio] Conte at Chelsea. United have probably employed the best manager in the world at getting success.
"It's a big summer for everyone but United have started the summer with a bang by getting Jose.
"That will make United title favourites now. You name Jose and it's a statement that says 'we want our title back.'"
Neville: Last season was 'embarrassing' for top clubs
Neville believes that last season was “embarrassing” for Manchester United, whose previous manager Louis van Gaal was relieved of his duties earlier this week.
"I've been in Spain the past year and you see differently from the outside,” Neville, who left Valencia this week following the permanent appointment of Pako Ayestaran, added. “I’ve seen a Premier League that, in terms of quality, has been quite poor. On paper, Leicester shouldn't win the Premier League. Arsenal, United, Chelsea and City should be embarrassed.
"With their wealth and quality they should be winning the title, so it's been a kick up the backside for those clubs."
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