It’s time for my “Premier League Preview – Part 4”. You know the drill, every part has 4 teams. Part 4 contains my beloved Manchester United and more. For links to parts 1 to 3 – see bottom of the article.
What a summer it has been for the biggest team in Manchester. Finally signing Jadon Sancho to solve the right-wing issues we have suffered for years for a fee of around £70 million was a fantastic start to the summer. The signing of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane for a fee of £34 million is just daylight robbery. Two hugely important and key signings to bolster the squad. With United still in the market for a midfielder, watch this space for who we may bring in.
It’s going to be a big season now for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He has done an excellent job in removing the deadwood and has done a better job making the club likeable again. The atmosphere around the whole team is different. The squad and staff morale are high, something that was rock bottom under Jose Mourinho. However, it’s results and trophies on the pitch that count. After last year’s embarrassing failure in the Europa League final, it will be imperative for Solskjaer to win a trophy this season.
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Prediction – 2nd place for United behind their City rivals. Although on the right track, I think we are still some way behind the Cityzens to the league title.
I would love nothing more than to see Newcastle get relegated. It’s something I want to happen every year. Not because of Mike Ashley or whatever manager they bring in. But solely because the fans think they are some massive club and have a god-given right to be one of the best in the league. Yes, St James Park has a good capacity, and yes, the fan following is large. But the club have never won anything. Just the 2nd place trophy once after Kevin Keegan’s rant.
Every manager that comes in, is off to an impossible start due to Ashley not being interested in spending money on new players. But the fans are on his back immediately. Steve Bruce was announced new manager last season and within 10 minutes of the announcement, without a ball being kicked, #BruceOut was trending. The football wasn’t pretty under Bruce, but he kept them up and had a better points tally than fan favourite Rafa Benitez had. The fans need to realise that they’re not that big of a club and get behind the team and manager from the get-go.
Prediction – Bruce will keep the magpies up again. Joe Willock will be a good addition. If Callum Wilson stays fit alongside Allan St. Maximin then they will be alright. They will finish Lower half of the league.
Another club I am sick of seeing in the Premier League. Norwich City. A team too good for the Championship, but a team never good enough for the Premier League. Having lost Emiliano Buendia, their best player from last season to Aston Villa, the canaries are in trouble.
Daniel Farke will be needing all his players at 110% for the season just to stand a chance of staying up. Unfortunately, I just can’t see them staying up.
Prediction – Rock bottom. Another quick stay in the top flight.
Not sure what to make of the Saints this season. Having got off to a flyer last year, it all went wrong after Christmas for Southampton. Leaving them 15th in the table come to the end of last season. With Danny Ings leaving the South Coast side for Aston Villa for a rumoured £20 million fee, It will be a tough ask for Southampton to come up with a better league finish this season.
Blackburn hotshot Adam Armstrong has been cast as the man to replace Danny Ings goals, following an impressive season scoring 28 goals across 40 matches. Saints fans will be hoping he and Che Adams can strike a formidable partnership early doors, or it could be a long season battling at the bottom half of the table.
Prediction – More of the same for Southampton this season. Lower bottom half of the table. 15th.
That concludes Part 4 of my “Premier League Preview”. One more to go before the big kick-off Friday night!
Links to Parts 1-3 are as follows below: