5 Things We Can Expect from this Season
1: People to have trouble saying “Etihad Stadium”
Man city have signed a record breaking deal with Etihad by selling the naming rights of their stadium, to help them compete with what had to be their chief tormenter this season – “the financial fair play rules”; but it will take people time getting used to saying or hearing the word “Etihad(united) Stadium”. The blue half of Manchester may like the fact that they have champions league football to enjoy in their newly named stadium, which according to them is creating history (something one cannot associate with city too often).
2: Battle of the Boys
In recent seasons especially after the two 3-1 defeats of arsenal at the emirates, Man utd fullback Patrice Evra had come out openly and stated that it was game between “men versus boys”. That might not be true to a certain extent this season considering the fact that united’s average age at one point in the community shield was 22.7 years and with Young being the oldest at 26 yrs, I would like this season’s games between arsenal and man utd called as the “Battle of the Boys”.
3: Come back when you have won 5
Everything looks bright and sunny this time around at anfield, and there is a sense of optimism prior to the start of the season. But with united actually surpassing Liverpool’s 18 league titles last season the “come back and sing ooh aah cantona when you have won 18” shout will have to be replace by “comeback when you have won 5” especially after seeing united lose to Barcelona again in the champions league, and with barcelona adding sanchez and fabregas to their squad the scousers might cherish the fact that it may take a really long time before united reach liverpool’s magical tally of 5 European Cups.
4: You can win things with kids – Hansen
At the start of the 95-96 season when united let go of Hughes, Ince and Kanchelskis and bought through the youngsters, Hansen famously quoted “you will never win anything with kids” after united’s opening day 3-1 defeat at villa park. United won the double that season as Hansen was made to eat his words. This time around though after watching united’s performance in the community shield he has predicted united to win the league (with kids) and hopes to redeem himself in the process.
5: Sunderland needing time to gel
Sunderland went on a horrendous run at the back end of last season after making an impressive start. Injuries to the whole defence, the sale of Bent last season made their squad look thin. This time though they have cashed in on Henderson and bought nearly 11 players which ensures that Brucy wouldn’t be complaining about lack of fit personnel this time around, I would rather say that needing time to gel together might be a better excuse this time around.
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