CHELSEA and Arsenal will both need time to adjust under new management this season while Manchester United could be on the brink of implosion.
That’s according to Reds legend Jamie Carragher.
Manchester City were imperious on their way to Premier League glory last season but with all the top sides strengthening this summer, this season could be the most unpredictable title race in recent years.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal have added fresh faces and are under new guidance this term.
Maurizio Sarri has been tasked with guiding the Blues back into the top four while Unai Emery has big shoes to fill at the Emirates.
“United appear combustible.”
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher
United got off to a winning start last night against Leicester but Jose Mourinho has grown frustrated at a lack of transfer activity.
The 2-1 success over the Foxes may have papered over the cracks and Carragher is concerned at Mourinho’s tendency to turn on his players.
Tottenham failed to bring in anybody during the transfer window and may face a tricky start to the season with many of their squad still recovering from the World Cup.
Carragher has backed City to retain their crown and admits anything could happen in the race for the top four.
“Chelsea have been the masters of immediately winning trophies after a managerial change,” he told the Telegraph.
“But they will need time to adjust to a new style under manager Maurizio Sarri, even though they, too, have flexed their financial muscle in the last few days.
“Arsenal also need time under Unai Emery. A year from now both will be stronger.
“You can never read too much into pre-season, but United appear combustible.
“There seems to be problems behind the scenes at Old Trafford, with many transfer targets missed – you never know where it is going to lead when Jose Mourinho starts criticising his own board and players.
“The question for Spurs is will they have a World Cup hangover? Nine of their players reached the final stages.
“They have kept their best team together, but the World Cup demands make it more surprising they did not add to their squad.”
The Premier League continues today as Spurs visit Newcastle before Chelsea take on Huddersfield.