Manchester United boss sees Chelsea as biggest Premier League title contenders

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Phil Jones from criticism from Rio Ferdinand, saying the former Manchester United defender was out of order for his comments.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly believes that Chelsea are his side’s biggest rivals for the 2021-22 Premier League title.

The Red Devils have taken seven points from a possible nine at the start of the new season, claiming wins over Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers on either side of a draw with Southampton.

Following the acquisitions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane, United are regarded as one of the favourites to claim their first top-flight crown since Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell season in 2012-13.

While Manchester City are the reigning champions after wrestling the title off Liverpool’s hands, According to The Sun, that Solskjaer views Chelsea as their greatest challenge for Premier League glory.

The report adds that the £97.5m of Romelu Lukaku forms the rationale behind Solskjaer’s thinking, but the Norwegian believes that the current United crop are better than the treble winners of 1999.

The Red Devils currently sit third in the embryonic Premier League standings and prepare to face Newcastle United following the international break.

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