Samir Nasri: Manchester United are greater title rivals than Liverpool

Samir Nasri

The Manchester City midfielder has made a controversial claim about his side's Premier League title rivals.

Samir Nasri is no stranger to controversy. And the Frenchman may have stirred up a fire once again - this time among Liverpool fans.

Of course, the Man City midfielder did not swear at any journalists this time or do anything against the rules. No, on this occasion he has just expressed an honest opinion - but one that is very debatable considering current standings.

Indeed, according to Nasri, Liverpool will not pose Manchester City too much of a threat in the Premier League title race this season.

Instead, the 27-year-old thinks Chelsea and... Manchester United... are his side's main rivals for top spot.

"Liverpool will find it tougher because they have lost Luis Suarez and they will be playing Champions League football so it will be different for them," he told City's matchday programme.

"Last season they only had the Premier League to go for in the final months and it gave them a real advantage because their players were going into games fresher at a vital stage of the campaign.

"I think our two main rivals will be Chelsea and Manchester United."

After three league games, Liverpool currently sit fifth in the standings, having won two of their opening three clashes - but lost 3-1 to City at the Etihad Stadium.

Man United, by contrast, have amassed just two points from their opening three games, losing to Swansea City and drawing with Sunderland and Burnley.

United have, however, strengthened considerably in the transfer market, signing Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo last month, while also completing Deadline-Day deals to sign Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind.

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