Robbie Savage is backing Manchester United to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title next season - but thinks Manchester City will only finish fourth.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping his team can build on the second half of the last campaign by mounting a serious push to the top of the league.

United didn’t lose a game in the league after Project Restart got underway and ended up clinching a Champions League spot.

This should help the club attract a better standard of player this summer, and the arrival of Donny van de Beek is testament to that.

But the Red Devils will have to make up a substantial amount of ground if they are to challenge champions Liverpool, who they finished 33 points behind last season.

Donny van de Beek has joined Manchester United on an initial five-year deal
Donny van de Beek has joined Manchester United on an initial five-year deal

Savage thinks Jurgen Klopp ’s team will retain the title, but has surprisingly backed United to finish second, with City fourth.

He told The Mirror : “I can't wait to see United's midfield three of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and new signing Donny van de Beek supplying the ammunition for Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial.

“Add a world-class centre-back and a top-class goalscorer and they will be the real deal.”

On Liverpool’s chances, he added: “Jurgen Klopp is not the sort of manager to let the grass grow under his feet.

Jordan Henderson's Liverpool will begin their title defence next month

“They have stockpiled 196 points over the last two seasons and that defensive unit, with Virgil van Dijk at its heart, will be the foundation for more success.

“They have only lost four games out of the last 77 in the Premier League – that's some going.”

Savage thinks Chelsea, who have spent big money on six new players so far, can end up finishing third, ahead of City.

He said: “Owner Roman Abramovich means business – he's given manager Frank Lampard £230 million to spend this summer and Chelsea have brought in serious quality.

“Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr will build on Lampard's excellent first season in charge – but he needs a world-class goalkeeper.”

And on City, Savage said: “If Lionel Messi wasn't staying at Barcelona, all bets would be off. City's suspect back line has been shored up by £41m Nathan Ake and the 18-point gap to champions Liverpool last season looks a bridge too far.”