Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City have the edge on title rivals Manchester United.

He believes Manchester City can defend the trophy, but does not expect local rivals United to make it easy for them.

Mou told Sky Sports: "I believe Man City are the champions and have the squad to do it, no doubt.

"It's an incredible squad that can make easy rotations because they have such a strong squad. Now they are the champions so that will also play a role."

He added: "Man United are Man United. I don't think Sir Alex (Ferguson) accepts himself not to win the Premiership for two consecutive years because he's strong and a winner, so he'll fight hard for that.

"Man United are not signing many players but (Robin) Van Persie means a lot in the Premiership to make the difference."