Premier League predictions: Top four (2)

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Third Place: Manchester United

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Normally I would choose Manchester United as the favourites to the win title but the fact they are going through such a huge change will weaken their chances of retaining their crown.

David Moyes has been given the almost impossible job of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as the Manager of Manchester United.

David Moyes' start to life as head coach at Old Trafford as been difficult. Talk of Wayne Rooney's departure has dominated the headlines and doesn't look like going away soon. Rooney is clearly unsettled and feels it's time for a fresh challenge but Moyes will be taking a huge risk if he sells him to a rival, which I don't think he'll do.

If the club had been successful in their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas (doomed from the start) then selling Rooney would be much easier to do. Since no big name signing has been made as yet, selling Rooney just isn't an option and Moyes has done well to recognise that.

As they played Wigan in the Community Shield last weekend, one couldn't help notice how thin United's squad looked. Granted they have injured players yet to return but the fact Giggs is still making the starting line up at his age is worrying. Giggs is still a great player and he will have his part to play but they need to strengthen that midfield area which has been their weak spot for a while now.

Robin van Persie showed his class again the weekend scoring twice, however United must find goals from elsewhere in the team so United don't rely too heavily on the Dutchman.    

Even if Moyes manages to bring in some quality additions before the window slams shut, I can't see him winning the title in his first year. I think it will take time to implement his own style on the team and adjusting to such a huge change will take time for the players, club and fans. 

United's pre-season from has also been a cause for concern. I try not to put too much importance on the results in pre-season given that players are still not at full fitness but their form has been poor and they haven't built up enough moment to start the season strongly.

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