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Jamie Carragher names the two teams that will challenge Man City next season

Jamie Carragher has dismissed Arsenal’s title chances next campaign and believes it will be Manchester United and Liverpool that challenge Manchester City for the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s side were crowned champions for the fifth time in six years on Saturday after the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat to Nottingham.

Mikel Arteta’s team led the table until mid-April but they have won only two of their last eight games, which has virtually gifted Man City the title.

Liverpool are set to finish outside the top four after a disastrous season that must be rectified in the transfer window.

Erik ten Hag has impressed in his debut season, winning the Carabao Cup and guiding Manchester United to the FA Cup final.

But, the club’s potential takeover threatens to disrupt their plans and that could set United back. Arsenal, by contrast, are settled and already have plans to sign Declan Rice.

But Carragher believes Arsenal will be battling for a top-four spot next campaign, with United and Liverpool instead challenging City.

‘I’m going to go for Liverpool and Manchester United,’ said Carragher, when asked who will battle Man City for the title.

‘I think Liverpool will come back. I agree with Gary, I think the jump in terms of really challenging City might be too big and it might be too big for Manchester United too but I do see those two teams challenging.

‘United look really solid and if they go and get a couple of attacking players to score more goals – that’s what they need to do. Liverpool will invest again in midfield and they’ve got players that have won the biggest trophies before in the goalkeeper, Salah, Van Dijk, Trent. So Ithink Liverpool and United.’

Neville chose Liverpool and was hesitant to include Man United in his tips for next season. He feels the ongoing takeover saga could prevent them from challenging next season.

‘The reason I’ve not said United right now is that there’s going to be a lot of turbulence in Manchester in the next four to six weeks, in that the Glazers are finally going to make a decision at some point if they get their act together,’ said Neville.

‘It’s been pathetic what they’re doing. At some point the new owners are going to come in and they’re going to have to get their feet under the table. To then think they’re going to challenge in their first season…it could happen but I think there will be too much turbulence with the recruitment.’

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