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Millwall get their new season started with a trip to St Mary’s this Saturday lunchtime to face Southampton.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has played down Liverpool’s title chances and declared Chelsea to be biggest threat to his team’s hopes of retaining their Premier League crown.

Liverpool finished runners-up to United last season, but Ferguson, who is chasing an unprecedented fourth consecutive league title, doesn’t think they will be able to match that in the forthcoming campaign.

“Liverpool had probably their best season for 20 years and still finished four points adrift,” the United manager told The Sun. “It will be hard for them to match last season, let alone improve on it. Other teams will know more about them, so it has to be Chelsea as the main threat.”

The arrival of Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge also brings a fresh dimension to Chelsea, and Ferguson believes the Italian’s past record makes him an opponent to be respected.

“Ancelotti will play the Milan way,” said Ferguson. “It brought him two European Cups – it should have been three because they should never have lost to Liverpool, so why should he change?”

Millwall get their new season started with a trip to St Mary’s this Saturday lunchtime to face Southampton.

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