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BBC Sport asks 'Who are the champions?' - Second place

Manchester United

A poll of football experts has been conducted by the BBC Sport website to produce a predicted top four for the 2010-11 Premier League season.

England's former manager Graham Taylor and winger Chris Waddle were among more than 30 people we surveyed, along with Lee Dixon, Robbie Savage and a variety of journalists and commentators.

606: DEBATE
BBC Sport's Honest Frank

The identities of the top four are being revealed daily, one by one from Tuesday, with the outright winner and all the individual selections announced on Friday.

Today we can reveal our survey forecasts MANCHESTER UNITED will finish second. Arsenal are predicted to come third, with Manchester City in fourth.

Here is a selection of comments from those who thought Sir Alex Ferguson would guide Man Utd to another Premier League title:

MAN UTD - PREDICTED FIRST PLACE

"They are the best all-round side in the Premier League and have a better balance than anyone else. United have the most scope for improvement and I was not entirely convinced by Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea last year."
Steve Claridge, BBC Sport pundit, played for 15 League clubs

"The 'last hurrah' for Giggs, Scholes and Neville - and they wouldn't know how to go out with anything other than success. The signing of Javier Hernandez adds a little bit of Ronaldo 'X-factor' too."
Guy Mowbray, BBC TV commentator

"I'm going for Sir Alex Ferguson's men to reclaim the title on the basis that Javier Hernandez looks the real deal and you can't exaggerate the importance of Nemanja Vidic's decision to stay at Old Trafford."
Daniel Taylor Guardian football writer

"Alex has brought in a couple of good players in Chris Smalling and the striker Javier Hernandez, who looks like he can make an impact. You just hope Hernandez is not another Forlan, showing promise but not fulfilling it at United"
Graham Taylor, ex-England, Aston Villa and Watford manager

"United rarely let the title elude them two seasons running. They will be freshened up by the signing of Hernandez, who had such a good World Cup. And who would bet against Giggs, Scholes and Neville pocketing one last title?"
Steve Wilson, BBC TV commentator


How the poll works

Our pundits were asked to predict their top four, in order.

We allocated four points for each first place, three for second, two for third, and one for fourth.

The teams were then ranked according to their total points.

You can use our Premier League predictor to produce your own forecast.

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