Pundit Robbie Savage picks Manchester United and Jose Mourinho to outgun Manchester City for Premier League Title

It’s that time of year again. Pundits from across the footballing world are beginning to make their predictions on how the upcoming Premier League season will play out. While pundits are rarely correct in their assertions and often will look back and laugh on their predictions, it is nonetheless an entertaining conversation to have. While the usual suspects, City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur will all be in and among the top six there are several story lines that differentiate this season as one of the most exciting in recent memory.

Everton, under new ownership, are beginning to resemble Manchester City in the early days of Sheikh Mansour’s reign with a slew of new purchases brought in to supplement the already formidable squad. Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford, two up and coming English stars, were both signed for around £25 million. These two will go a long way towards solidifying a lackluster defensive line and solving a historical problem at the goalkeeper position for Everton. The additions of Davy Klaassen and legend Wayne Rooney will attempt to soften the blow of Lukaku’s departure to the red side of Manchester.  

Manchester City has gone on an unprecedented spending spree and finally look to have solved longstanding problems at the fullback positions. Arsenal have done little business this summer but the additions of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette look to be a good signing for a club that must at least finish above Tottenham to avoid a revolt among the Gooner faithful. Chelsea will be looking to repeat their utter dominance over the Premier League a second season running but will be hindered by the inevitable exit of twenty goals per season striker Diego Costa. The pressure will be on one time Manchester United fan boy Alvaro Morata to fill his countryman’s boots. The addition of European fixtures will undoubtedly strain Antonio Conte’s relatively small squad and will further complicate their path towards back to back titles.

Football pundit Robbie Savage has tipped Manchester United and Manchester City to be the two clubs closest to the Premier League title with United having the edge over their sky blue rivals. Savage shared his prediction in The Mirror stating “After Jose Mourinho salvaged to trophies and Champions League football from a season which threatened to yield much less, he has strengthened key areas with the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, and Victor Lindelof” and went on to add “My tip for the title in 2016-17 went down the gurgler before Christmas, but this year we will get the duel many people were expecting – Guardiola v Mourinho for No.1 spot.”

It is always interesting to hear pundits criticize their own predictions but Savage makes several solid points in his assertions. Mourinho’s United were able to gamble on the Europa League and succeed, with the added depth and new attacking dimension added by Romelu Lukaku significant improvement can be expected. Champions League football consists of fewer fixtures and is more conducive to a title challenging campaign with the games falling on Tuesdays and Wednesdays rather than Thursdays. City have certainly made the necessary changes to improve next season but the center back core remains suspect particularly regarding the durability of club captain Vincent Kompany. Who will come out victorious this campaign is anyone’s guess but undoubtedly it will be a proper sequel for Mourinho v Guardiola season one and will shape up to be one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory?

Written by Bobby Frazier


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