Ferguson expects Liverpool to falter

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Chelsea, not Liverpool, will pose the biggest threat to the Red Devils' title defence in 2009/10. The 67-year-old guided the Old Trafford outfit to a third successive - and 18th overall - domestic league crown in May, with the Scot now determined to see his side win a 19th next summer, usurping bitter North West rivals Liverpool who currently share the proud record. Rafael Benitez's charges came close to winning their first ever Premier League crown last term, eventually finishing four points off the pace after leading the way for large parts of the campaign. However, Ferguson has revealed that he does not believe the Merseysiders will be able to replicate that performance, and is expecting two-time Premier League winners Chelsea, now managed by Italian Carlo Ancelotti, to mount a stronger challenge. "It will be hard for them to match last season, let alone improve on it. Other teams will know more about them," he said in The Sun. "Liverpool had probably their best season for 20 years and still finished four points adrift. "It has to be Chelsea as the main threat. Ancelotti will change how they play." LIVERPOOL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter UNITED FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter