Aldridge talks up Manchester United's chances

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

Former Liverpool goalscorer John Aldridge has expressed his belief that Manchester United are the team to beat in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool's John Aldridge , John Barnes and Steve McMahon celebrate with the Championship trophyLiverpool's John Aldridge, left

Many changes have taken place at Manchester United throughout this summer so far, with Jose Mourinho’s appointment having a telling impact already.

Eric Bailly, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have all joined the club ahead of this weekend’s league opener at Bournemouth on Sunday.

France's Paul Pogba in action

The feel good factor has returned and it’s likely the fear factor will too. Given the signings and Mourinho’s record of immediate success, John Aldridge, per the Liverpool Echo, believes United have the best chance of winning the title.

“Manchester United have shown their teeth in the transfer market. For my money, United could be the team to beat,” Aldridge said in the Liverpool Echo.

“You’d have to say that with the money they’ve spent, anything less than the title would be a big failure for Mourinho. Pogba, Ibrahimovic, and co. haven’t been signed to finish third or fourth.”

Aldridge scored a superb 50 goals in 83 appearances at Anfield and knows what cuts the difference.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in the stands before the match

United have struggled ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, failing to challenge for the Premier League the last three campaigns. David Moyes led them to a seventh placed finish before Louis van Gaal took them back into the top four, yet guided them to a finish outside it last season.

Though, now under Mourinho, that is likely to change. The club have made a huge statement with all their sublime activity this summer and come May, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them on top once again.

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