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Edwin Van der Saar writes off Liverpool title chances

870   //    11 Jul 2011, 01:11 IST

Did you hear meee?

The recently-retired legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Van Der Sar has written off any challenge from the arch North-Western rivals Liverpool and believes that the strongest challenge to United’s title bid will come from Chelsea and Manchester City, with Arsenal facing an exodus of stars.

Van der Sar enjoyed a successful career as a Red Devil and was keen to point out the strength of the title challengers to United’s title bid, Chelsea and Manchester City.

He told ESPN STAR and Asia One: “It’s going to be Chelsea again, they are always going to be challenging.

“Maybe Manchester City will be there, although they may have some trouble convincing Carlos Tevez to stay.”

The Dutch goalkeeper was not convinced about Arsenal’s title challenge as the Gunners are currently in a turmoil, with stars Nasri and Fabregas all set to leave for greener pastures. He was not convinced about the recent hoopla surrounding the transformation around Anfield,either, after the return of King Kenny and wrote their title chances off.

“Liverpool will be really motivated to try and win the league,” he continued. “They will be anxious to try and overtake our 19th title, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

“Arsenal, at the moment, are a little in limbo because some players are going to leave. They have issues of strengthening key areas and convincing players to stay.”

Van der  Sar was all praise for his legendary gaffer, Sir Alex Ferguson and was convinced about a bright future at Old Trafford, especially with the arsenal of young talent at the Red Devils’ disposal.

“Chicharito has been amazing and it’s been the same with the twins (Rafael and Fabio da Silva). I remember one game they both played against Arsenal. They played left and right wing and Fabio scored from a cross by his brother.

“They’re extremely talented and hopefully they can keep on making progress.”

The transfer window is still open and every premier club around Europe is vying for the signatures of players they believe will add value to their clubs and prove indispensable to their sides, and the Premier League is no different. With the Premier League still a month away, there is still plenty of time for teams to regroup their squad for next season and conjure new signings, if needed.

Will Edwin Van der Sar’s bold predictions hold true in the ever-so-competitive league or will they just fizzle out as just another comment from a former player. Thoughts?

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