Roy Keane is obviously biased. But when it comes to pre-season prognosticating, former Manchester United captain has reached a rather logical conclusion.
United, he lalise earlier this week, not just the Premier League, will make it comfortable. "From all sides," he said, "If you have the right, I think it is The balance."
It is difficult to argue with him. The Red Devils are, ultimately, the champions — winners of four of the last five English titles. And while many of their nearest rivals now close after delivery operations in the summer, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has made possible the six weeks ago.
Phil Jones learned to stabilise the defence and midfield, Ashley Young bought to provide a creative presence and the threat from set pieces, David de Gea was purchased to replace the retired goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. The three are intended to address the perceived vulnerability of the group, and three of their best years are still ahead of them.
The biggest challenge in unified 2011-12 will come from their local rivals, Manchester City rich and ambitious. Third-place finishers last year, the blue sky improved what was already a very good side by poaching Gael Clichy-left behind the trappings and landing another world-class player at attacking Sergio Aguero. Did a good piece of business in signing Stefan Savic Belgrade Partizan to provide some defensive cover.
United-City rivalry is one that will likely determine the years of top flight Football-English. United will always be in or near the top of the heap, where Ferguson continues to be responsible, and purchasing power of the city ensures that they will be the vanguard to sign some of their best players in the world.
Apart from Manchester, the race to fill the top four and earn a lucrative Champions League Football will be one of the most exciting stories in the upcoming season. Search Liverpool huge improves seventh and sixth-place finishes the past two campaigns and if somehow maintain its objectives, even receives a title during execution.
Since Kenny Dalglish took over as Manager last January, Liverpool was a Club are transformed. Of course, you can also have a contending team, with new owner Fenway Sports Group is investing heavily in the excerpt. Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez was acquired in the winter transfer window, and will have even more impact this season, Dalglish added MIDFIELDERS Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam, winger Stewart Downing and left-behind Jose Enrique during the summer.
If this is all together — and there is no guarantee that it will — Champions League Football will be back-one year from today.
Rounding out the top echelon is Premier League runners-up of last season. Chelsea, which finished a whopping nine points adrift of United 2010-11, hitherto quiet twice during the current period and became the new Transfer Manager Andre Villas-Boas the signing of the summer.
There will always be a degree of risk to the movement, as the 33-year-old Villas-Boas managed only two season in Portuguese football (one with Valencia de Coimbra) and one with Porto, where he won the League, Cup and Europa League before making his high-profile switch to Stamford Bridge.
But this side player-powered Chelsea appear to need fresh voices in the House dressing every few years and the gifted Villas-Boas — personally groomed by Jose Mourinho — entrusted with passing the.
Fiction group market/sell indicator;
Buy Nani: Manchester United winger had a hot start for the last time before significant cooling after Christmas. This is a crucial point in his career, so it seems to him to have the best campaign as a professional footballer. Fifteen goals is a logical view, and this will provide a handful of supports as well.
Sell Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci: weapons of central defensive pair (if sidelined Thomas Vermaelen's injury-prone) will not get into certain aspects, and Npower Championship is a point of weakness will continue Gunners away from the top four this season.