Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said he hopes the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson from Manchester United will result in a "wobble" for the Premier League champions.
For the first time in 26 years, United will be under the guidance of a new manager. David Moyes has taken over following the retirement of Ferguson, while much-vaunted coach Rene Meulensteen has also left the club.
Gerrard is an admirer of Moyes and praised the Scot for his achievements at Everton, but said he hoped the transition at Old Trafford would be far from smooth.
"They have replaced a world-class manager with another who has done a fantastic job at Everton, so I think David will continue to do a good job there," he told Sky Sports News.
"It is new for Manchester United... from a biased point of view, let's hope they have a wobble."
However, Gerrard feels the Red Devils have too much quality to slip off the pace. He said: "I think they have too many good players to fall out of the title race.
"They have world-class players, and I expect them to fight for the league again."
Liverpool are looking to press on in the season ahead, and Gerrard said he believed it would be a thrilling season in the Premier League.
"There's no getting away from it - the competition in the Premier League is going to get stronger and stronger," he said.
"Manchester City are going to add to their squad, Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea and we are going to make numerous signings.
"Tottenham and Arsenal are going to come back again, so I think we are in for a very interesting Premier League campaign."