Hopes & predictions for new 2012/13 Football season
Hi guys, Interested to know what the forum users expectations, hopes & predictions for your own clubs are, aswell as the league in general during the coming Football season. My hope is that my beloved Red devils can regain the Premier League title come May. Whilst i'm quite content with the acquisitions of Kagawa & Van Persie, i can't help feeling we overpaid for someone in the last year of his contract. Besides, i felt we would be better served by prioritising reinforcements in the centre-back, centre-midfield & left full-back positions. Especially as we were, by a long way, bottom of the Premier League clubs' table of days lost through player injuries. Totalling 1689(Man. City by comparison were top with a total of 186)! Last season Utd. weren't especially short of firepower. Against better opponents we were regularly exposed for being less efficient & slower than in previous seasons at shielding our back-four by stifling opposition attacks, intercepting or recycling the ball before initiating our own offensive play from the midfield. I don't think anyone quite realised how much we would miss Fletcher's drive, energy, defensive discipline & distribution. No wonder Scholes' return, half-way through last season, was so welcome. I was hopeful we would sign players like Javier Martinez & Fernando Llorente of Atletico Bilbao, Raoul Moutinho of Porto & Kyle Walker of Tottingham in the off-season, but it looks like Martinez is going to Bayern Munich. On the positive side. The return of Nemanja Vidic will be a blessing & can only help continue the progress of the still raw potential of our young defenders Da Silva, Evans, Jones & Smalling. Can't believe i'm thinking this, but i'm intrigued to see how Brendan Rodgers Liverpool will take shape. I really liked the way his Swansea side played. Gerrard & Lucas' return to regular team action will certainly assist their Champions League push. And much as i hate to say it, the Liverpool vs Manchester Utd. North-West Derbies don't quite have the same edge to them unless Liverpool are more competitive. Chelsea's new signings have the potential to come good. However, it may take a season for players like Hazard & Oscar to get used to the pace & power of the Premiership. Looking forward to the next installment of the Ballotelli & Tevez show. And Newcastle's Senegalese striking duo of Ba & Cissé & midfield of Cabayé & Tiote should provide the Geordies with more glorious goals to leave us in awe. Also be interested to see how Arsene Wenger & Arsenal will cope with the loss of Van Persie & potentially of Song too. Anyway. Roll on the new season! Regards. BABUR.