Gary Neville believes the team that “recruits best” will win the Premier League this season – and that they are likely to come from Manchester.
Chelsea claimed the top-flight crown under Antonio Conte last season, with N’Golo Kante and David Luiz among their most important players.
Neville, however, expects them to “dip a little bit” this coming campaign, with one of the two Manchester sides rising to the top of the table.
The Manchester United legend also believes last season’s runners-up Tottenham “will be strong”, but he neglected to even mention Arsenal or Liverpool.
“I said last season that the title would come to Manchester – and I was wrong – but I think this year it will,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“I think Chelsea will dip a little bit. Not in a negative way, but just having the Champions League will bring different challenges. I think Tottenham will be strong, but I feel that either United or City will win it, but I’m not sure who!
“I say it every year, whoever recruits best, wins the league. Chelsea getting N’Golo Kante was a masterstroke and Eden Hazard and Diego Costa came back to form. All the clubs are going for the same players, they’re all expensive and controlled by agents.
“So, whoever has the best relationship, the best contacts and is willing to put the money in will probably do it.
“United need to strengthen, but they all do – quite a bit.
“Even the champions need to if they’re to repeat what they did last season. You’re not just talking about winning the Premier League title, you’re talking about competing in Europe. English clubs have been well short in the last few seasons. All big clubs want to be winning Champions Leagues.
“That won’t happen unless they significantly improve. United need to sign four or five players.”