Rio Ferdinand expects the challenge to Manchester United's title defence will come from the usual suspects.

"You do assess your rivals," said Ferdinand.

"It has been the same teams over the last few seasons.

"Liverpool were runners-up so they will be there or thereabouts again, the same as Chelsea, who have a new manager with new ideas, while Arsenal have a talented young squad.

"Manchester City have invested heavily, Everton, Aston Villa and maybe Spurs will be up there as well and you might get someone coming out the pack to surprise everyone, like a West Ham.

"In the end I think the top four will be similar to last season but I have to be honest, I could not care less who is up there as long as we are there. I care about Manchester United, it is simple as that."