Man United’s Michael Carrick: Five or six teams in Premier League title race

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes there are "five or six teams" in the Premier League title race this season

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Michael Carrick joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2006 Photo: The Sport Review

Michael Carrick believes there are “five or six teams” in the Premier League title race this season as Manchester United look to defend their top-flight crown.

The Red Devils were comfortable winners last term as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men finished an emphatic 11 points clear of second-place Manchester City.

Ferguson has been replaced by David Moyes at Old Trafford and City have appointed Manuel Pellegrini as manager, with Jose Mourinho sealing his Chelsea return.

Elsewhere, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are looking to strengthen their respective squads, while Liverpool have already made four summer signings.

And Carrick is anticipating a very close title race, warning United that they will need to be “better than ever” to retain their league title.

“In the end, the last few years, it’s been similar teams up there with us,” Carrick told ESPN.

“City and Chelsea changing managers, there is a different feel about it, but its strong squads and the best teams that come to the top and hopefully we will be right up there.

“It’s certainly going to be tough because there are five or six teams now that fancy their chances at the title or certainly the top two or three, so we will have to be as good if not better than ever.”

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