Paul Scholes: 'Manchester City, Chelsea better than Manchester United'

Scholes: 'City, Chelsea better than United'
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Man United legend Paul Scholes doubts that his former club has the necessary quality to rival Manchester City or Chelsea for the Premier League title this season.

Paul Scholes has claimed that a top-four finish in the Premier League is the best that Manchester United can hope to achieve this season.

The Louis van Gaal era gets underway on Saturday as United host Swansea City at Old Trafford keen to banish the memories of their seventh-place finish last season.

However, Scholes, who won 11 league titles with the Red Devils, says that his former club should focus on regaining a Champions League spot before attempting to topple Manchester City or Chelsea.

"I think the title is between City and Chelsea, they've both made decent signings. The next two places are between United, Liverpool and Arsenal," the 39-year-old told reporters.

"United will be looking for a better season than last season, and that shouldn't be too difficult. It was a big blip last year. Disappointing."

Defending champions City travel to St James' Park to face Newcastle United on Sunday, while the Blues clash with newly-promoted Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday night.

Who will win the 2014-15 Premier League?

Manchester City
Chelsea
Manchester United
Arsenal
Liverpool
Manchester City
18.6%
Chelsea
28.1%
Manchester United
26.1%
Arsenal
23.8%
Liverpool
3.5%
Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes before a Manchester United match against Aston Villa on April 15, 2012.
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