Man Utd snubbed as John Barnes names his three Premier League favourites

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John Barnes has named his three favourites to win the Premier League this season

John Barnes has named his three favourites to win the Premier League this season (Picture: YouTube)

John Barnes has snubbed Manchester United and named defending champions Manchester City, European champions Chelsea and 2020 winners Liverpool as his three favourites to win the Premier League this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils were Man City’s closest challengers last season, finishing 12 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side.

Manchester United look set to mount a genuine title challenge this season following a summer in which the club re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo and brought Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to Old Trafford.

But Barnes overlooked Man United when identifying his favourites to lift the title this season, instead naming Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool as his three stand-out teams in the Premier League.

Manchester City have been the dominant team in England over the past decade, winning the league in five of the last 11 seasons, and bolstered Guardiola’s squad with £100m England star Jack Grealish this summer.

Chelsea have thrived since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager last January, with the Blues securing a top-four finish last season and winning the Champions League.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are looking to rediscover their 2020 title-winning form following a disappointing title defence in which many key players were missing through injury.

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Manchester City look set to have greater rivals for the title this season

Manchester City look set to have greater rivals for the title this season (Picture: Getty)

‘Chelsea definitely have enough to challenge for the Premier League title this season,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets.

‘They needed a focal point up front to bring people into play and hold the ball up, which they’ve now done with signing Romelu Lukaku.

‘Timo Werner can really benefit from Lukaku especially when he’s playing in one of the wide positions.

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‘They’ve got a great manager who they really respect, and I think Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea are the favourites.

‘Interestingly, Manchester City getting Grealish doesn’t improve them that much. They have a few players already who practically the same in Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden. They really need a centre-forward which they didn’t get.

‘Chelsea and Liverpool are closer to Manchester City now, simply because they didn’t get Harry Kane.’

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