Former Scotland captain Graeme Souness feels that the hurt of seeing Manchester City receiving plaudits for winning the Premier League will drive Manchester United in the upcoming season.
Despite finishing in the top two of the Premier League for the first time since the 2012-13 season, Jose Mourinho’s team was criticized for their style of play.
While speaking to Sky Sports, Souness said that the pain of seeing City receive so much praise for a record-breaking Premier League win would be an inspiration for the Red Devils. En route to their league title, Manchester City broke the 100-point barrier for the first time in Premier League history.
“It’s very hard to retain the Premier League,” said the former Liverpool player. “City have quality in every position, they have the ability to go out and outspend every opposition – but Manchester United will not be happy that City are getting all the plaudits in winning the trophy. They’ll be bang at it.”
“Liverpool will be stronger next year, and that makes them dangerous when you think of the firepower they have, and if Chelsea can get a proper centre-forward in I think they will be too, so long as they keep Thibault Courtois and Eden Hazard.”
“If Tottenham can invest and get a couple of genuine performers at the highest level, they will be a real danger. I couldn’t pick one team because I know City will be chased and harried, more than they were last year, if that’s possible. But if you were asking me the team to beat, I’d still say it will be them.”
Manchester United will start their Premier League campaign against Leicester City at Old Trafford on 10th August.