Former Manchester United No2 Walter Smith expects his old club to get off to a flyer this season.

Manchester City dramatically finished top of the pile after a last-gasp ­triumph over QPR at the Etihad gave them their first title since 1968.

Now ex-Everton and Rangers manager Smith says Fergie's troops will start the season with all guns blazing.

"I think you can say there will be a big ­reaction from United," he told the Daily Star Sunday.

"They are a club with certain standards and they will be keen to claim the title once more.

"It all makes for a fantastic league next ­season and you would expect the likes of Chelsea, ­Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool to want to have a say as well."