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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure claims “struggling” rivals Manchester United “will find it really hard” to retain their Premier League title this season because of the change of manager.
The Ivory Coast international has spoken out on the developing race for the championship this season as Arsenal currently lead the way with Liverpool and Chelsea breathing down their necks.
Man City have endured a poor start under their new manager Manuel Pellegrini as they currently sit in seventh position and are six points off the Gunners in top spot. But Toure has chosen to focus on
the Red Devils’ chances of retaining the crown they comfortably won last season ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
David Moyes has stepped into the void left by the veteran Scot and United have endured a disappointing start as they sit in eighth place – eight points off top spot – after nine matches.
As a result Toure feels United have their work cut out to lift the championship this season, while he singled out Brendan Rodgers’s Liverpool for a special mention as potential title winners.
Toure, who was rested as City set up a Capital One Cup quarter-final trip to Leicester City courtesy of a 2-0 extra-time win at Newcastle on Wednesday, said in The Sun: “United will find it hard to defend the title since they have a new manager and are really struggling.
“Liverpool are a big threat at the moment because they have a strong squad and their strikers – Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge – are scoring goals at will.”