Last season position: 4th
Prediction for this year: 1st
Odds: 2/1 with William Hill
‘Operation Pep Guardiola’ was started by Manchester City in 2012 and came to life in 2016. What remains to be seen this season is if, with the current squad, Pep can bring success both in Premier League and the Champions League.
|Manchester United transfer table- new players - season 2016-2017|
|Arrivals||Age||Nat.||Position||Market value||Moving from||Country||Transfer fee|
|Paul Pogba||23||Central Midfield||£59.50m||Juventus FC||£89.25m|
|Henrikh Mkhitaryan||27||Right Wing||£25.50m||Borussia Dortmund||£35.70m|
|Eric Bailly||22||Centre Back||£6.80m||Villarreal CF||£32.30m|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic||34||Centre Forward||£12.75m||Paris Saint-Germain||Free transfer|
|James Wilson||21||Centre Forward||£1.70m||Derby County||End of loan|
|Adnan Januzaj||22||Right Wing||£5.95m||Sunderland AFC||End of loan|
There was something wrong about Manchester United the whole of last season. Results weren’t pathetic (they were within an earshot to finish fourth) but the performances weren’t encouraging. Some of the old timers have voiced their displeasure saying that this was as bad as it gets. And for a club of the stature and pedigree as United, the results were damaging. Ed Woodward made another set of changes hoping that the new team will save him the ignominy this season. How will the Red Devils fare in 2016-17 season?
Another season of English Premier League (EPL) is on the anvil which is good news for all football lovers. With the transfer season seeing some of the biggest names moving to the Premier League, this year promises to be one of the most exciting. We preview the action in the first weekend.
Leicester City start their title defense at newly promoted Hull City. The Tigers are one of the most under-prepared sides of this season and the Foxes should win easily. Jamie Vardy at odds of 7/5 (William Hill) is a good bet to be anytime scorer.
You just need to look at the enormous money that’s flowing into English Premier League (EPL) to understand and appreciate the popularity of it. And the 2016-17 season has already set the right tone with some big names – players as well as managers – making their way to England. When the first ball is kicked on August 13th, Saturday – the new season will start with all fervor.