The football season is back, and with that comes the return of one of TV’s most watched footballing programmes.
Gillette Soccer Saturday brings together some of the games greats, to share their opinions and to commentate on the fixtures from the Premier League - and excessive male banter henceforth prevails.
The usual suspects were in attendance for the opening game of the season, with Charlie Nicholas, Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson and Liverpool legend Phil Thompson on the panel.
The bunch obviously spoke about many of the Premier League’s biggest stories this summer, including the likes of Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Jose Mourinho.
Another name that was brought up early was David Moyes, as the boys discussed how he will cope in charge of Manchester United this season.
When the appointment was made, one thing Sir Alex Ferguson implored his faithful to give his successor was time - a similar chance to the one he got when he became the new manager at Old Trafford.
But the former Liverpool man did not believe this was a wish that would be accepted by the United fans.
When asked by Jeff Stelling on Gillette Soccer Saturday, the first ever Soccer Saturday without Fergie in charge of United, whether Manchester United fans will give David Moyes 18 months to two years to get the team where he wants it, Thompson gave short shrift in his reply:
‘’No, no, they’ve been used to winning, and it is difficult then to accept anything less, they won’t even like it that a lot of newspapers are tipping them to finish third in the Premier League come the end of the season, which is quite a shock to them, so no they want to be up there, they want to be winning trophies, they want to be up there. The bread and butter is the Premier League, they’ll want to be at the top and they will be expecting it’’
What do you think? Typical response from a Liverpool man about an ex-Everton boss in charge of Manchester United? Or is Thompson on the money?
image: © Jason Gulledge