Gary Neville close to changing his Premier League title winner in squad debate

Gary Neville has stuck by his prediction for the Premier League title despite some deliberation after a weekend of fixtures that included wins for Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool and defeat for Manchester United.

The former Red Devils defender had named City as the side in pole position at the start of the season, but has been impressed by Chelsea and Liverpool over the opening eight matches.

Neville didn't put United in the mix despite their impressive summer of signings, and will feel justified in that opinion after defeat to Leicester on Saturday afternoon.

That brings the conversation back to the three leaders, with Neville backing Liverpool to have the best starting XI, but City to have the best squad and Chelsea to be on the up.

He told Sky Sports: "You have to go City because I went City at the start of the season.

"But I do think Chelsea, they’ve played Arsenal, Tottenham, City and Liverpool already, and they’re top of the league. They’ve had a really tough start.

"For me, I think Chelsea demonstrate at the moment – Romelu Lukaku’s not at his best either, so again that’s another good sign, you’re top of the league and your main striker is not firing and you know he will fire – so I do think Chelsea (are up there).

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"That City issue with the centre-forward just might bite them.

"Liverpool, best first XI, but I’m not sure if one or two things start to go wrong like it did last season with Virgil van Dijk or if Mohamed Salah got injured. I think they’re just a little bit exposed to that.

"I feel Chelsea’s squad is really strong and we’ve seen today without two or three centre-backs they can still go and put a performance on. I’m saying City but I do think Chelsea could go close, if not win it."

Earlier in the week, Paul Scholes ruled Chelsea and United out of title contention.

He said on Sky Sports’ Overlap: "I think it’s between Liverpool and Manchester City.

"I do think there is three great teams [including Chelsea]. I think United have not fallen away, but it’s very early.

"I just think City and Liverpool, watching that game [between the two sides] the quality was just so high, I just can’t see any other team getting close to them."

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