The former Red Devils defender claims only three teams can claim the crown this season, with Pep Guardiola’s side left out of the race.
The battle for national supremacy in English football looks set to end this season, with several teams with realistic ambitions to pursue the ultimate prize.
Leicester is also in the mix, while Chelsea and City are under pressure to deliver after investing heavily in building Star Squads.
Jose Mourinho also hopes to have Tottenham in the running whether the inconsistencies can be corrected in North London.
Silvestre, however, claims only three teams will face challenges for the crown, with a man who won four titles during his playing days at Old Trafford recounting Ladbrokes: “For me there are only three teams in the title race this year: Man Utd, Liverpool, and I’m going to put Leicester there as well.
“It’s a very open season and it’s good for Man Utd to be in the race instead of catching up and watching from afar.
“Now it’s just a matter of staying up there. They are in a very positive position at this point in the campaign. “
Former France international Silvestre added on reversal of fortune enjoyed by the rejuvenated Red Devils: “What’s great is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t changed anything in recent weeks. From United’s poor run to where they are now, he’s stuck with his plans and ideas.
“Solskjaer didn’t have to change anything; it was more that the players had to respond to what he asked them to do.
“United had a fantastic run at the end of last season and then they managed to bring back names where the club identified weaknesses and it is clear that they are now back on track. Ole just wanted that consistency and it looks like it’s back now.
“When you know the man (Solskjaer), you know he has values and that’s why he was given the job; it reflects what United is. As a United player you have to ignore the noise of the media – as a manager even more.
“The employees are all united and behind the manager. There is enough quality in there to challenge the title. But soccer is a fun game; you can’t afford to relax because you’ll slip another seat or two into the table.
“You have to stay focused. I wouldn’t have predicted Man Utd would be top of the table in January at the start of the season, but that’s the beauty of the game.
“They took advantage of the woes of the other teams. This is why the Premier League in general is so interesting. It’s great to see United in this position; I would call it a very pleasant surprise.