Former Arsenal, West Ham, and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has predicted Manchester United to finish above Liverpool in the Premier League whilst Manchester City is his pick for champions.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished second in the league behind City last term and according to the 29-year-old, the top four will be made up of the same teams, with Chelsea and Liverpool swapping places in third and fourth.
Despite predicting United to finish second, Wilshere has insisted that he would prefer to see the Premier League trophy return to Old Trafford rather than Manchester City retaining their crown.
“Manchester City will win it. I would prefer Man United to win it but I think they come second. Chelsea third, Liverpool fourth, Arsenal fifth, and Leicester sixth,” Wilshere told talkSPORT, via The Mirror.
“I played against Man City so many times and it’s awful, it’s horrible. You can’t get the ball off them. Pep just gets them playing these little passes. If they get Harry Kane as well it’s over before we even start.
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“Liverpool will have a better season than last year because [Virgil] van Dijk is back, but I just think Man City are just too good.
“[Manchester United] tried with [Jose] Mourinho to bring in that experienced manager who just wants to win, but he didn’t win. I think Solskjaer has done well. But they have to win a trophy next season.”
The start of the new season is just seven days away, with Leeds United making the trip to Old Trafford on August 14. Solskjaer has a strong squad going into the curtain-raiser but will be concerned with the availability of some of his first-team stars.
Edinson Cavani is yet to return to pre-season training, whilst Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane haven’t trained with their new teammates yet. Marcus Rashford, the club’s second most creative player behind Bruno Fernandes last season, will miss the first three months.