Alan Pardew backs Manchester United for Premier League title

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United and Alan Pardew, Manager of Crystal Palace greet prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park...

Alan Pardew, Sky Sports' new pundit, believes Manchester United will win the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho this season.

The new Premier League season is now just days away and everyone has an opinion on who might emerge as champions come next May.

Chelsea are the current holders, having blitzed to top spot in Antonio Conte's first campaign, but their title rivals - notable Manchester City and Manchester United - have both responded by spending heavily.

And Sky Sports pundit Alan Pardew believes United might be able to wrestle the Premier League crown away from Chelsea this term.

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United and Alan Pardew, Manager of Crystal Palace greet prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park...

The former Southampton and Newcastle United manager has stepped into a punditry role after leaving Crystal Palace last year and he expects a hotly contested title race as he still refuses to right off Conte's side.

"I think the favourites are always the champions until such time that another team evolves and blows Chelsea away," he told Sky.

"Having said that, I think Manchester is where the title will end up [and] it might well be Manchester United. I have a good feeling for them."

United last won the title in 2012-13, but they collected three trophies last term under Jose Mourinho and have beefed up the spine of their team with big-money signings in the shape of Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku.

And Pardew believes their aerial prowess at either end of the field, as well as the Mourinho factor, will be key to bringing success back to Old Trafford.

"I think [United] are going to be strong from set-pieces because they are a huge team in terms of stature," he continued. "They can deal with Burnley bombing into the box or Christian Benteke coming at them.

"Of course, they have pace and agility too and great experience in the shape of their manager. They are a very rounded team and I think they are going to go close."

Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku hits a header during the International Champions Cup soccer match against Manchester City at NRG Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas....

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