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  • #197268
    steveosnakeeye
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    Like it was ever in question Nancy 😁🀣

    Be interesting to hear thoughts from people on their own club and transfers and prospects for new season …

    Ed you can’t be overly excited given the lack of transfer activity?

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    #197269
    Chucky McChuckface
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    Dunno Buffy, Budgies away isn’t the easiest start to the season, that’s for sure.

    But as you asked nicely, I couldn’t be that much happier with our summer spree. Not entirely sure if 50 plus for Blondie was a great idea (although I do miss the shithousery from Lamela, so looking forward to see who’s buttons Blondie will press. Quite happy with the other 5, all players that fill the weak spots in our squad. And there’s plenty of cyber fish-wrappings suggesting we’re getting a “AM” (Maddie from Foxy or this Italian lad) which would be nice… along with that other lad from Italy who we’re loaning straight back out again.

    Now we have to shift some of the dead wood and see how much we can re-coup before the end of the month… be nice to get them off the wage bill!

    Going to be interesting to see how this “5-sub” thing plays out… all the big dogs, especially the top 6 have pretty large squads right now… I can see a lot of games having a lot of dramatic endings!

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    #197270
    Editor
    Keymaster

    Good to see you both back!

    Steve, I’m cautiously optimistic about the longer term but very realistic about the short term. It’s a complete overhaul of the way we play and that will take time. The lack of transfer activity suggests it will take even longer than I, and probably most others, thought.

    I think top 4 is out of the question this season as all the other contenders are so much further ahead in what they want to do and having the squads where they want them. The lack of people having Utd in their top 4 on this thread and elsewhere suggests many agree with this.

    My only hope is that Ten Hag is given the time he needs for us to really see if he is the right man. That’s not me saying we should stick with him whatever happens asthat would be naive. Assuming we see progress in either the style of play and/or the league position then he needs to be given time. I’m not an advocate of just blindly giving managers time. You have to have something to go on to argue that’s the right decision. He is, after all, rather inexperienced at the highest level.

    If I had to guess a position, I’d say 5th is doable but 6th is probably more realistic in his first season.

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    #197271
    Editor
    Keymaster

    The reality with Utd is that there are, without question, at least 4 stronger managers than Ten Hag in the league (Klopp, Pep, Conte and Tuchel) and Arsenal have invested a lot of money so whatever I think of Arteta, he at least has his own players now.

    For Utd to get past any of those 5 is a tough ask considering they’re not only stronger managers but also stronger squads and have all had much more time to hone their styles.

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    #197272
    sean the sailor
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    Ye great to have you lads back.

    Huge season coming up for Arsenal Stevo chum

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    #197273
    sean the sailor
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    Very valid point Ed. I think utd may start Sunday without one signing in the 1st 11. After our little debate on erikson, I concluded you were right. It’s a good signing and utd need the numbers

    Disappointing thing for utd fans is mcfred be 1st choice again. Is it time to move on from de Jong? They really need a proper strong midfield enforcer who can play ball.

    The lad off Salzburg be perfect as a centre forward especially if ronaldo stays. I’ve only seen him once but he tore Gomez and konate apart. Good young player to bring in who is just learning his trade

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    #197274
    Editor
    Keymaster

    Yeah it’s crazy to think we’re starting with no new signings Sean and, as you say, yet again with McFred in midfield.

    Yeah I think Eriksen will give us much needed depth after losing so many midfielders to contracts expiring but we’ll see.

    Sesko looked great against Liverpool and all this “better than Haaland” talk coming out of Salzburg is interesting but they supposedly want over Β£50mil for him which is just crazy and his goal stats are not that great. At his age, is he ready to lead the line, as you’d expect from someone at that price? Not for me. I’d never heard of him until this summer so I’d be very wary of spending that much on him, personally.

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    #197277
    Brian blue
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    Good to read your post again Chuky and Steve. there will be plenty to talk about this season I think. However, I am in despair on hw the disrupted season will have an effect on players and clubs final position. Stupid idea

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    #197278
    sean the sailor
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    Brian, absolutely absurd that the workd cup was allowed go ahead over there and in November

    How come there wasn’t that much of an out fry over the World Cup like this is the LIV GOLF?

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    #197279
    steveosnakeeye
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    I forgot about the wc that’s got to play s big part you think

    Mind you haaland will get a rest πŸ˜‰

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    #197282
    nine nine nine
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    Difficult to predict how big an effect the World Cup will have on the season but it’s bound to have some sort of an effect at both the top and bottom of the PL.

    Ridiculous!

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    #197283
    nine nine nine
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    SkyBet PL title odds

    Manchester City
    8/13
    Liverpool
    2/1
    Tottenham
    14/1
    Chelsea
    18/1
    Arsenal
    40/1
    Manchester Utd
    40/1
    Newcastle
    150/1

    Bookies not fancying Arsenal 40/1 seems generous?

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    #197285
    Brian blue
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    Nine…the matches have no relevance to me, meaningless. I see it only putting money in “suits”pockets. I just hope the EPL players come out of it in a healthy state. I think the betting industry will be working overtime as well. Any England fans would be crazy to go

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    #197287
    Brian blue
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    Most pundits going with Liverpool Nine…they are the “experts” so I bow to there wisdom!!!

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    #197289
    Mikus LFC
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    I don’t think Arteta is a bad coach but I think he lacks a commanding presence and aura to instil a real authority into his team. They’ll no doubt blow a few teams away this season and go on some good runs, but can just still see them them dropping points in games they shouldn’t. They lack the steel someone like Conte can instil.

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    #197291
    sean the sailor
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    I thought it was more pundits going for city Brian

    Nev, leave and Richard a all days city and carragher Liverpool mate?

    City are firm favourites

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    #197294
    Editor
    Keymaster

    Way more pundits going for City and it’s not even close. You’re not going to convince anyone City are underdogs for any competition they enter Brian 😁

    Sky Sports. 3 City vs 1 for Liverpool

    https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/12665681/pundits-on-premier-league-season-predictions-transfers-cristiano-ronaldo-future-erling-haaland-and-more

    Bbc sport. 13 City vs 9 for Liverpool

    https://www.givemesport.com/88043423-liverpool-man-city-man-utd-2022-23-premier-league-top-4-predicted-by-bbc-pundits

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    #197295
    Brian blue
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    Sean…even Richards thinks Liverpool will get it this season!!! As for New…he will change his mind next week!!!!!!!! Whatever, I just hope it is a good season for football but with the disruptions coming up I think it will turn out a real mess for most part. How can any Manager plan for such a crowded fixture list, I can see some huge upsets

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    #197296
    Brian blue
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    Ed…I am not saying City are “underdogs”. I keep saying it is very open for at least 6 teams maybe 8 due to the WC upset

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    #197297
    Editor
    Keymaster

    You’re suggesting 8 teams(?!) can win the league Brian? With respect, as many as 8 teams aren’t even in contention for Champions League spots. It’s City, Liverpool, then 2 of Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal or Utd with the first 2 the most likely. Zero % chance of anyone else getting top 4 and even less chance of anyone other than Liverpool or City winning the league.

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