BBC pundit Rob Green has made his pre-season prediction that Manchester United will finish above Liverpool this season.
22 of the channel’s pundits were asked to call how the Premier League top four will look at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.
The former England goalkeeper was the only one to say that United would come second in Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge.
Former United striker Dion Dublin and ex-Manchester City man Nedum Onouha said United would come fourth, but the other 19 think another season outside the Champions League spots awaits.
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Dublin makes his Manchester United prediction
Dublin says he has already had a conversation with Ten Hag and expects the Dutchman to bring about plenty of improvement at Old Trafford.
He said: “It was a very close call between them and Tottenham for fourth but having spoken to the new United manager, things will be very different there. They will come good soon.”
Onouha added: “United basically fell apart in the second half of last season, but it feels like they are heading in the right direction now Ten Hag is in charge.”
Based on the overall predictions, the BBC pundits think that United will finish sixth, which is exactly where they came last time around.
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Last season, every single BBC pundit asked thought United would finish in the top four and Onouha said they would come second.
Martin Keown said he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if United won the title this time last year, but the campaign absolutely fell apart.
At that time, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last week that United were one of four sides capable of winning the Premier League, but he was out of a job by the end of November.
That is an indication that none of the pundits really know what will happen, and it is never a great idea to completely write United off.
Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day program pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.
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