Essien: Drogba better than Man Utd's Ronaldo
He said: "I would make us favourites for the title ahead of United. Last season they depended a lot on Ronaldo, who was sensational.
"But I don't know how he will play this season because runs of good form don't go on forever.
"I would always pick Drogba over Ronaldo - he is a good player but he does not score as many goals."