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What Can We Expect Of The Season?

The new Premier League season, in case you haven't noticed, is set to begin. What can we expect of it?

Hype: Ungodly amounts of that. Sky will do their best to find new superlatives and they'll try to make Wigan v Bolton look interesting. Newspapers, websites (like this one) will also contribute and I expect the Premier League to keep its crown as the most ridiculously overhyped competition of the world.

Petty mind games: Our boss is the undisputed king of it but no doubt Scolari will attempt to outwit him. There might be some saucy comments around the relegation dogfight as well but sadly, there's no Neil Warnock to keep things more interesting.

This is Liverpool's year: Another thing that returns every year but it's amusing every time. Hopefully, the pattern will be the same as usual: Liverpool telling us they have their best team since 1990 but then falling out of the race by October.

Drooling over Arsenal: The London-based media will of course once again shamelessly support Arsenal, claiming at every possible opportunity that the side that hasn't won anything in the last three years is the best thing since Brazil 1970. I found it annoying last season but now it's definitely amusing.

The fun goes on at Citeh: Sparky landed himself in trouble as Shinawatra keeps on being extremely dodgy. Another double over us? No chance!

Promoted teams out of their depth: I don't say I'm happy about it but it looks like certain that Stoke and Hull are simply nowhere near good enough for the Premier League. Reasons can be debated but Derby's inspired performance of last season may yet be repeated... not necessarily this time but in the near future. WBA have a decent squad though.

Blatter and Platini soundbites: The two main governors of world football will undoubtedly continue their holy quest of undermining the domination of the Premier League. Of course, neither was bothered when the Spanish league was recognised as the best in the world...

Terrible punditry: Match of the Day, Sky, ITV - pick your favourite one and start slag it off because we won't get an improvement in the level of punditry. No way.

Overconfidence at the Chelsea camp: Another returning feat - clearly, the spirit of Jose Mourinho is still hovering over Stamford Bridge though the 'flesh version' of the Portuguese has taken up the reins at Inter Milan.

Journalists writing off United and Fergie: And possibly falling on their arses. Writing us off is bound to happen at some point of the season - after all, hasn't Paul Doyle told us after the 1-1 draw at Lyon that United wouldn't win a single trophy, let alone the Treble?




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 15 2008

Time: 9:08PM

Your Comments

Great article! Agree with everything! Most pundits are going for Chelsea because of Scolari but overlooking Fergie's experience in the prem! We'll see at the end of the season!
ForeverUnited
good luck this season guys, not that you'll probably need it. good article as well.
zzz
Most people are overlooking United because of the Ronaldo saga, and because Chelsea have a new coach. C'mon United - let's show them we're not a one man team, and lets make John Terry eat his words. Past their peak? You're having a laugh!!!
Man utd champions
I can't understand people actually writing United off - chances are they're going to be challengers whatever. And the confidence coming from the Chelsea camp is extraordinary - after all this guy hasn't managed a club in Europe before, and he's naturally going to need some time to settle in. Write United off at your peril. Everyone wrote us off last season, after the first few games, with both Rooney and Ronaldo out, and look what happened! :)
Man utd champions
I think actually, you're written off because of your two titles in a row. We were the same 06/07. The media love it first time. The fans love it second time and the media talk of the competitors. The media don't want to see a third time.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
Man Utd supporters saying Chelsea is overconfident? Top teams expect to win, so let's not be hypocritical, shall we? Scolari and mind games? JM is gone and Scolari is a humble, spirited manager. He offers respect to his colleagues. Look it up and get your facts straight. And btw, way to stink it up at home versus a nonsense Keegan-led side who can hardly defend. Well done, Champions.
RadioactiveD
^ One result and they think they've won it. Remember last season?
united4life
I was going to write that judging from the first game, we couldn't expect much, but having seen your comment, united4life, I've chancged my mind. Yes, United4life, I do remember Chelsea fans thinking they'd won it after the first few games, and I also remember the Liverpool PA gleefully announcing that this was United's worst start to the season in 14 years (after the defeat at City). Oh, and (Pompey and Spurs fans excluded) which trophy did you other Premier League sides win last season. I know United won the league, and um, I seem to remember us winning some sort of trophy in Moscow, oh, maybe it wasn't a very important one though... hang on, what was it...?
Man utd champions
Good point, The_Legend_Of_Zola. *And Chelsea fans, remember this: THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS A MARATHON NOT A SPRINT Come back to us in May, and we'll see where we all are then. (I don't mean that to say United are going to win it - though I hope so - but that after the first game, it's far too early to say who's going to do what. After all, take a look at who is top of the Scottish League after two games, and I don't think you'd have too many betting on them still being there come the end of the season???)
Man utd champions
*If you can't be bothered, it's Hamilton, who've just been promoted. And a certain Celtic, who've just won the league for however many years in a row (3 is it now?) have just drawn. It happens to every team, and it means next to nothing at the end of the season. The trophies are handed out in May, not August.
Man utd champions
 

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