Premier League's Richard Scudamore hope Manchester City face challenge

Pep Guardiola's side romped to the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion, essentially having the title in the bag by Christmas time such was their complete and utter superiority to all other teams in the division.

Manchester United will kick off the new Premier League season when they take on Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday night.

City's defence of the league title starts away to Arsenal this weekend. They have quality all over the pitch and Guardiola will be extremely focused on further improving his team this season.

"I speak to clubs who say: 'This is fantastic, we knew what the deadline was and we've worked to that.' But there are other clubs who say they haven't got time and wish we hadn't made a decision to do it". Many are tipping Liverpool to be their closest challengers this season, after a a £123.6m spending spree this summer.

After Jose Mourinho bolstered his squad over the summer by signing young defender Diogo Dalot, Brazil global Fred and back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant, Shaw believes that United will be more than a match for rivals this campaign.

"If we don't make our team better it will be a hard season for us".

The action-packed autumn Premier League period is complemented by BT Sport's exclusive live coverage of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

"It's not just that we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent", he added. "What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it".

Jose Mourinho has reportedly been chasing Leicester's World Cup star Harry Maguire over the summer in the hopes of recruiting a new centre-back before the transfer window shuts.

However, the Blues swung into action late Wednesday when they agreed to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal which paved the way for Athletic Bilbao 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to move to Stamford Bridge on a seven-year deal worth an estimated £71 million.

After predicting how the top six will end up this season, we challenged the Soccer Saturday pundits to name the three sides who will face relegation.

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