Paul Scholes: Jose Mourinho must start the season well

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Michael Owen has given his predictions for the new season, who will end up at the right and wrong ends of the Premier League.

According to the predictive algorithm, reigning champions City are likely to go on to lift the league title once again, becoming the first team to retain the crown since 2008-09 when Manchester United completed a hat-trick of league triumphs.

The west London side have endured a hard summer following their fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last term.

Steve Nicol, Paul Mariner and Julien Laurens look ahead to what could be a perilous season ahead for Manchester United.

The Sky Sports Predictor is based on a system called ELO, which was originally set up to rate chess players.

"I repeat, pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work with".

It doesn't, however, factor in the transfer business done by teams during the off-season.

As for those clubs in between the top and bottom, Owen has the usual clubs making up the rest of the top six, then Everton, Leicester and West Ham also in the top nine.

In comparison, Tottenham Hotspur are the only team yet to make any signings in the ongoing transfer window.

United have so far signed three players this summer - Brazil midfielder Fred for £47m, Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant. Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger, while Maurizio Sarri has replaced fellow Italian Antonio Conte at the Stamford Bridge.

"It is hard to believe that we finished second".

Sources close to both United and Tottenham insist no formal bid has been lodged, although Spurs are braced for a deadline-day offer - which could include either Chris Smalling or Marcos Rojo to satisfy Mauricio Pochettino's desire to find a replacement before Alderweireld is allowed to leave.

But he sounded a different tone at Sky Sports' Premier League launch event on Tuesday when discussing the options within his squad who can operate at the base of the midfield.

Manchester City won the league 19 points ahead of their bitter rivals United last term but Mourinho feels like it was a great success when he takes into account some of the criticism he faced.

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