So, the worst kept secret in football is out – and United have a new gaffer in Erik Ten Hag.
‘Ten’ is quite appropriate, as that’s the number of players I reckon should be shipped out of Old Trafford this summer.
I’m not saying we don’t have any decent players, but rather that so many of them are past their sell-by date and we have half a team who frankly need proper direction.
For instance, Marcus Rashford shouldn’t be sold, despite interest from Barcelona and the fact the forward has lost his way for club and country, he has the United DNA.
I’d stick with Jadon Sancho too, and of course Bruno Fernandes, for they are both great players who just need to know exactly what the boss wants them to do.
Phil Jones, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Harry Maguire and sadly Cristiano Ronaldo should be amongst the first that Ten Hag is ordering taxis for.
The player I’d most like the Dutchman to bring in is England and West Ham’s combative midfielder Declan Rice, who reminds me so much of Roy Keane in his pomp.
Ten Hag doesn’t need me to tell him what has made United such a great club.
The blueprint is YOUTH, with a sprinkling of sparkle dust in the form of superstar players.
After the announcement of Ten Hag, Betfred have cut the odds on United winning the Premier League next season from 25/1 to 20/1 – the same price as the Reds to beat City home and away during the 2022/23 campaign.
This afternoon, away at Arsenal, it’s going to be one heck of a slog for United – and that’s why we’re 12/5 at Betfred to pick up all three points.
We’re not the only team showing inconsistency in the race for fourth behind City, Liverpool and Chelsea… but we’re certainly, on current form at least, the worst.
Following recent performances and results, United are as big as 14/1 with us to miraculously finish in that all-important fourth spot.
I’m confident Ronaldo will continue to prove his doubters wrong and finish the campaign strongly.
He’s our 7/2 favourite to open the scoring at the Emirates, having returned to training in the week following his personal heartache.
Meanwhile, City are long odds-on favourites to beat Watford a few hours later and pile the pressure on Liverpool who have an even trickier derby to contest at Anfield tomorrow.
I say trickier because Burnley have made things more uncomfortable for the Toffees by beating Southampton midweek, meaning Everton really do need to start picking it up otherwise it will be the Championship for them next season.
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