The season saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally exposed for being out of his depth. They are far from alone in being a yo-yo club but the big dilemma for Norwich is how to escape from this purgatory, if indeed the will is there given they still recoup handsome financial rewards. The Bundesliga giants are said to willing to pay £25m to to sign him this summer. United won’t have their stars pinched by rivals but a clearing out of the deadwood and the signing of replacements will be needed this summer and next. Even more impressively, City have zero intention of standing still and the signing of Erling Haaland will strike fear into the hearts of those who wish to take them on next season. They may have won the title again but by other measures, City are still falling short. The fact these two teams continue to push one another to greater and greater heights make this a golden era for English football and both are a pleasure for the neutral to watch. If a player is calming a game down in moments due to a lot of reasons – one of them is just to have a look, or whatever – it is of course nothing we thought (was wrong).
Two reporters – one ‘may’ have been me – whistling with glints in our eyes. CLICK HERE to read part one. He said, “We have a big project at Liverpool and I want you to be part of it”. It was all ready, but instead I thought, “No, I want to go to Liverpool”. The only cloud in City’s clear blue sky is how much longer Guardiola will want to do it for. Neville claims they haven’t been for dinner much recently as pals yet Beckham smiled when reflecting on their relationship. Old friend Phil Neville walked into an almighty mess last year left by former manager Diego Alonso – who now is leading Uruguay’s World Cup qualification hopes – and although his first campaign was bitterly disappointing with just 12 wins all season ensuring the minimum aim of reaching the play-offs wasn’t achieved, ahead of the 2022 opener on Saturday against the Chicago Fire and new star signing Xherdan Shaqiri, Inter Miami are rebooted and refreshed. I still remember the first time I got the call from Klopp. Thiago looks certain to start against Everton again in the 240th Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday – a fixture Klopp admits he would miss were Everton to get relegated.
The Anfield club unveiled their new third strip during a live Facebook broadcast from the social media giant’s headquarters at Menlo Park, California, close to the Reds’ pre-season base in Palo Alto. The colossal wealth of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, who bought out the club in early October, was always going to have an instant impact. Despite the best efforts of Teemu Pukki, who has scored 11 times, Norwich have been thoroughly outplayed in the majority of their league games this season. Despite everything, United still managed to finish sixth and qualify for next season’s Europa League, just about avoiding the indignity of the Europa Conference League by virtue of West Ham losing on the final day. Bentancur recently stole the show in Spurs’ 3-1 win over top-four rivals West Ham as he managed to dominate the Hammers’ midfield duo of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek. Though it ultimately ended in disappointment, West Ham can reflect with plenty of satisfaction following a long and exhausting campaign.
And in another nod to the Toffees’ home, the criss-cross architectural signature of Archibald Leitch, who designed the Bullens Road stand, can also be found on next season’s shirt. In addition to Thiago’s injury in last season’s encounter – after a red-card tackle by Richarlison at Goodison Park – Liverpool also had Virgil van Dijk ruled out for the season with a knee injury following a reckless challenge by Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. CH: (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Burn, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rice, Joelinton; Salah, Son, Mane. Mane has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich. However, Mane has so far refused to commit and says he will speak more about his plans after Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris. But next season will be all the more challenging given City have already signed one of the world’s deadliest strikers in Erling Haaland. There’s a strong case for keeping hold of Dejan Kulusevski, who scored five goals and contributed eight assists during his loan from Juventus, and with a couple more additions Spurs will have the makings of a good team again. Have always felt he could be a very good signing for us.