Ryan Giggs insists champions Chelsea, not Manchester City will be Manchester United's major threat this season.
United's "noisy neighbours" have been dipping into their bottomless pit of money again this summer, bringing in Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng, David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov already during the close season. The Blues' title odds have fallen dramatically and there are some who now feel City are ready to climb to the top of the Premier League tree.
"Chelsea are the champions and they have been there and done it like us," Giggs told the Manchester Evening News.
"Arsenal have got talented players but they have not won the title for a number of years.
"Then you have Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa and City."
United ended the Blues' best chance of silverware last term when they knocked them out of the Carling Cup at the semi-final stage.
Although they had the better of the first leg on home soil at Eastlands, City were outplayed in the decider and Giggs views that inconsistency as being the club's Achilles heel once more.
"You can't say they are not bringing in quality players but it is a question of how quickly they can gel together," he said.
"They showed last season that on their day they can beat anyone, but it was that consistency they lacked.
"They have got the quality, but it does not necessarily mean they are going to be in front."
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