To repeat an often-used phrase, you cannot win the Premier League in the first ten games of the season… but you can certainly lose it.
With this in mind I found it interesting that Match of the Day presenter Alan Hansen still thinks that this year’s title will go to one of the original favourites: Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea.
The three named clubs were the only teams being talked about at the start of the campaign and after differing starts they seem to have allowed others to creep into contention, namely: Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, but are they worthy contenders or is the former Liverpool player correct and will the ‘Big 3’ occupy the top spots come May?
Manchester United have perhaps had the strangest and poorest start of the bigger clubs, with three defeats intertwined with wins against Swansea, Crystal Palace and Sunderland as well as a draw with Chelsea. Currently the Red Devils, under the leadership of David Moyes, sit in 9th place in the Premier league and it appears that there are cracks in the squad which won the title last season.
'That’s what makes English football great; the team at the top can be beaten by the team at the bottom on any given day. Of all the clubs in the league you can only really say that United, City and Chelsea are capable of going fifteen games unbeaten and that’s what wins titles.
'Its early days but the players at the big clubs are playing for fitness at the moment, they want to be there or thereabouts come March or April, because that‘s when the medals get decided, and if you’re still in the Champions League you still want to have a bit left in the tank.'
As for Manchester City, Hansen acknowledged that they have had problems with their defence and that Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have shuffled the team a fair bit but they are complete teams with the ability to also go unbeaten for long spells.
What seemed to be the message was that despite their good starts the teams who would be earmarked for a fourth place battle might not have the mentality to carry on their start and that they may come unstuck when the big clubs clash later in the season.
Football fans, what do you think will the ‘Big 3’ fill the top spots come the end of the season and will Manchester united turn it around?
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