Savage was speaking at a BreatheSport livestream last night - alongside Ian Wright, Didi Hamann and Peter Reid - when he revealed his tip for the title.
Analysing United’s attacking options, Savage said: “If Rooney plays as centre forward he’ll score 30 goals for that team. If he (van Gaal) gets Pedro in he’s got the pace and Depay on the other side.”
He went on to list the abundance of midfield talent at the Old Trafford, particularly following the arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, as evidence of United’s strength in depth.
Defence has been an area of concern in recent seasons for the Red Devils, but Savage is optimistic about the outlook for their backline, adding: “(They have) potentially the best left-back in the league in Luke Shaw. Potentially the best keeper in the league if De Gea stays and Darmian is good… one centre half (is still needed)."
The pundit cited injury concerns over Diego Costa as the main reason Chelsea will fall short and feels the opportunity is there for another team to step to the fore.
“…it’s there for somebody to grab… I think United, as we speak, are favourites," said the former Blackburn midfielder.
Savage's tip is sure to raise some eyebrows, but his point on Chelsea's struggle without Costa remains a valid one.
The Spaniard has failed to stay consistently fit during his time at Stamford Bridge, and that looks set to continue into next season.
The Blues attack looked toothless without his presence at times in 2014/15 and their title rivals will take confidence from this worrying indicator.
Whether Manchester United are best positioned to take advantage of Chelsea's misfortune is another matter entirely, but what appears certain is that the race for the Premier League crown is sure to be a far closer run affair than it was last season.