Premier League predictions: They accumulated a total of 52 points during the previous season, which resulted in a poor eighth-place finish in the Premier League.
When compared to what we had seen from Brendan Rodgers’ team in each of the two seasons prior, this performance was a 12-point disappointment.
Last season, they were unable to play Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans together as a tandem due to key defensive injuries, which cost them the opportunity. That had a significant impact.
The possibility of Fofana being in peak physical condition and ready to play from the opening whistle is really intriguing. In my opinion, he is currently the most talented young center-back in football played anywhere around the globe. It is easy to see why Chelsea is considering offering £80 million to get his services.
There is enough quality in the dugout in Rodgers and in his dynamic young side to really kick on again this season now that the team is much more settled and there is no European football to negotiate. You can find out here why I think they will finish in the top six of the league, and if they are going to be capable of reaching those heights, then Brentford really shouldn’t be giving them too much trouble.
This season may just be considered as a protracted pre-season for when the actual judgment on Erik ten Haag can be made during the ’23/24 campaign, which may sound utterly ridiculous to say about Manchester United, but this season may just be seen as a long pre-season for that.
This presents an opportunity to put some foundational pieces in place to ensure that United will once again be successful. In this day and age of impatient and expecting football fans, it is easier to say than it is to do.
The additions of Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, and Lisandro Martinez seem like a good beginning, but I’ll be keeping a careful eye on the new manager to see whether he can quickly get his message across to a locker room that appeared to be so fractured and disinterested during the previous campaign.
To tell you the truth, I have no clue how they will perform this weekend against a Brighton team that is both dangerous and extremely well coached. The allure is what it is.
Because I believe that the new manager will be able to bring out the best in Jadon Sancho, it will be important to keep an eye on the market values surrounding his performances.
In his first season playing in the Premier League, the 22-year-old scored three goals and provided three assists, but he did not display his full skill too often. However, there have been indications that Sancho might be poised to recover some of the quality he showed while playing for Borussia Dortmund. During the pre-season, Sancho scored three goals and played with significantly more aggression and zip.
This confidence might potentially translate into increased shot attempts and shots on target for him over the next few weeks, which is why his price is going up in light of the statistics he posted in the previous campaign. Keep a close eye on him, but I wouldn’t recommend betting on him this week in the same way as I don’t recommend betting on Manchester United as a whole.
It’s not exactly a challenge that will get you any gratitude if you try to guess when Manchester City will drop a football game they’re playing in. However, due to the fact that they are so scarce in the markets most weeks, it is something that I am always looking to take into consideration.
It’s possible that now is the best time to launch an attack.
In order to defeat City, the opposing team must play at a high tempo, generate a lot of power in transition, defend deeply, and pose a threat from set pieces. Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen have made it easier for David Moyes to do his job by staying with the Hammers, which should result in another profitable season for the manager. The Hammers check off all of those boxes.
These two players have the ability to produce performances that are on par with those of City’s great players, but I can’t shake the feeling that Pep Guardiola will play his players in a more advanced position than they did in the Community Shield.
It is important not to forget that the 3-2 loss to Tottenham in February was Man City’s lone defeat in their final 28 Premier League games of the previous season (they won 23 and lost 4). A victory by a hair’s breadth, to be sure.