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Rio Ferdinand foresees Man City securing fourth consecutive Premier League title.

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand predicts Manchester City to clinch their fourth consecutive Premier League title, with Manchester United and Arsenal emerging as their primary contenders.

Man City's supremacy in English football, led by Pep Guardiola, has seen them secure five league titles in six years and triumph in the Champions League last season.

Guardiola's squad has been reinforced this summer with the signings of Croatian players Josko Gvardiol and Mateo Kovacic. However, they bid farewell to treble-winners Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez.

Ferdinand envisions the Premier League trophy returning to the Etihad Stadium in May 2024, but he acknowledges that both Man United and Arsenal possess the potential to challenge for the title.

Arsenal, having narrowly missed out on their first league title since 2004 last season, have invested over £200 million in acquisitions such as Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber, aiming for progress in the 2023-24 season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United's summer signings, including Mason Mount, Andre Onana, and Rasmus Hojlund, have Ferdinand optimistic about the club's trajectory under Erik ten Hag, following a third-place finish and League Cup victory last season.

‘Manchester United and Arsenal, two challengers. If anyone’s going to get close to them [Man City], it’ll be those two,’ Ferdinand told TNT Sports as reported by the Metro.

‘I still think there’s a difference between Manchester United and Manchester City: on the pitch and off the pitch.

‘But I think Manchester United are going in the right direction. I think you can see how they have approached the transfer window, it’s been very decisive and forthright.

‘They have executed on three very good players who are going to improve the squad no doubt, potentially another one coming in after that, we’ll have to wait and see.

‘And I think Arsenal have done the same. They have recruited superbly well in this window. Three very good players who are not only going to improve the squad but the starting XI.

‘They’ll go close this season but as for City, I don’t think anyone is going to pip them to the title.’

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