Fred Says – I’m still supremely confident City will retain title

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I’m praying that Ralf Rangnick trusts his gut instinct and starts Anthony Elanga against Watford at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Our interim boss was waxing lyrical about the Swedish forward, who is another off our world famous conveyor belt, after he snatched a draw in the first leg of our Champions League Round of 16 tie with Atletico Madrid in Spain on Wednesday.

Elanga, the son of a Cameroon international who played in the 1998 World Cup, joined our academy aged 12 having played junior football in Hattersley.

The 19-year-old was described by Rangnick as a breath of fresh air who able to play with freedom and without worry after his match-saving antics.

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Whether that was a direct message to the rest of the squad, who keep getting in the news for the wrong reasons, I don’t know, but Rangnick should reinforce his viewpoint and put Elanga straight into the starting XI this weekend.

Betfred make him 4/1 to score the opener in the game that United, despite their inconsistencies, must surely win to maintain their bid for a top-four finish.

The Reds are 6/4 with us to secure that all-important Champions League qualification spot, just behind Arsenal who are into EVS and ahead of Tottenham who have drifted to 4/1.

West Ham are now as big as 14/1, while Wolves are 25/1 shots.

Meanwhile, City – who remember I paid out on winning the title early to the tune of £750,000 – are at Everton later today. With Liverpool playing the Carabao Cup final tomorrow, they will for sure pick up all three points to again go six clear at the top of the table.

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I keep being asked if it’s squeaky bum time for me, with Liverpool piling on the pressure big time. Well, let me tell you, I’m still supremely confident that City will retain the title.

Why? They’re the best team, with the strongest squad. When Guardiola makes a change and brings on substitutes, the team often looks even stronger – whereas you can’t say the same when Klopp does likewise at Liverpool.

The strength of the respective squads will be crucial when injuries kick in as the fixtures mount-up in the last third of the season.

So, there is no sweating on my part.

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