Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes Manchester United will be weaker next season without Sir Alex Ferguson.

Toure is convinced United will still be a force next season.

But he knows Fergie's departure will be a blow for the champions.

He said: "United are a great club and Ferguson is a big character there.

"He has built everything at United and the balance, I hope, will go to the City side now.

"We will see next year. There will be a lot of rivalry between Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and United.

"Tottenham are coming through and the Premier League is going to be very, very tough."