Rio Ferdinand believes we may be heading into the most unpredictable Premier League season in history but has still stuck his neck out and predicted a potential winner.
Following Leicester City's 5000/1 triumph, punters have no idea what to make of the odds this season with as many as seven clubs expected to challenge for the title.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all experienced revolutions under their new managers while Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all under pressure to improve. Finally, only a fool would rule out defending champions Leicester after last season's exploits.
Ferdinand, however, believes his former club have made the biggest strides this summer, saying the arrival of Jose Mourinho has "changed everything".
He told Yahoo: “If I had to pick a team that would win the title now, I would go for Man Utd. It is such a tough Premier League to predict this season, but I get a sense that optimism is rising at United again and that has not been the case over the last three years.
This changes everything
“The arrival of Mourinho has changed everything at the club because he is a winner and that is a winner and that is what what United should be all about.
“The manager is vitally important to the direction of any club. He has to drive the team, push them to do the right things and everything associated with the club evolved around him. He has to get a positive and message across that will hopefully produce success and Man Utd have the right man in place to do that now."
Ifs, buts, maybes
The former England international went as far as admitting he wished the Special One had taken over from Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, suggesting he was not a fan of either David Moyes or Louis van Gaal.
He continued: “I would have loved it if Mourinho could have taken over from Sir Alex Ferguson when he retired, but it is all ifs, buts and maybes now. It didn’t happen, but they have the right man in place now.”
Bookies are split over who should be favourites for the title but the general consensus is that it is heading to Manchester. Pep Guardiola has got a philosophy to install at the Etihad but there is obviously a belief that the Spaniard can do it quickly. City are available at odds as short as 9/4 while United are found at 3/1.
After that comes the London contenders with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all next at between 6/1 and 10/1. Liverpool come in at similar odds. Leicester are found as far as 33/1, which is a fraction of what they were found at this time 12 months ago.
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