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It is less than two weeks until United and Chelsea walk out the tunnel at Wembley to kick off the new season, and rarely have things been so focused on off the field activity. The press seem to have become Hollywood celebrity experts camping out in LA to catch a glimpse of a former Red, or polishing up their legal skills to report on sagas including those surrounding Heinze and Tevez. A dodgy Thai has moved in at City, Liverpool think money should be spent on even more over-rated Spanish strikers (as if Luis Garcia and Morientes were not enough), Leeds are embroiled in a row over tax dodging and loan repayments, Arsenal are losing players by the second and Chelsea are fighting to hang on to Robben whilst also bringing in some useful additions. What a summer and a ball has not even been kicked yet!

What this season will bring is anyone’s guess. No one could have truely expected United to win the league last summer and look what happened. Had the squad been as large as it is now I am sure other trophies would have been added but, to be honest, I am not complaining. Losing in Milan was disappointing but the European run was worth it for the Roma and Milan home games alone, and at least Liverpool got done in the final to round off the season. But looking ahead, United’s signings far from guarantee us another title- just remember signing Veron and Ruud and winning nothing, or Chelsea last year bringing in Svechenko, Ballack and Cole, yet finishing without the title. It will be another long battle and I cannot predict the outcome, but I do think it will be a sensational and epic one.

What United have lost, however, is more important that points and league positions. With crazy ticket prices, debts to pay and automatic cup scheme tickets, Reds have walked away in their thousands. The atmosphere over the last few years has declined due to many selling off their tickets for ‘lesser’ games to fund away travel and it has really taken its toll. The empty seats all over the ground as Rooney netted the winner against Milan summed up just had sorry a situation it is. And with season tickets on general sale, thousands priced out and all the new hospitality suites, we can expect even worse next season. Thank Uncle Malc.

Anyway, here is to great away trips, brilliant home victories, showboating that Liverpool and Chelsea fans can only dream of, and a points tally by October that City crave by May. Here we go again….

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  1. Dave :: July 25th, 2007 10:29 am

    Looking forward to the new season and can’t believe it’s only a couple of weeks until the new season is underway especially considering we’ve had a summer without a World or European cup to keep us occupied.

    It’ll be a tough season and the promise is there from Liverpool to enter contention to challenge for the title and Arsenal’s youngsters have the potential to get them up there despite losing Henry and Ljungberg.

    It could be the tightest season yet at the top :)

  2. Oli :: July 26th, 2007 1:18 pm

    I do not envisage for one moment that the scousers will be challenging for first or second place. Every few years they show enormous promise on paper (from the over-hyped Owen/ Fowler parternship in 1998 to their post CL victory season) but always fail to be consistent. I do not think the Spanish ego iboy will be up to much either - another Luis Garcia or Morientes perhaps? Chelsea will be the real threat.

  3. Alwyn :: July 26th, 2007 3:24 pm

    Two weeks to go, I can’t wait. Eventho I’ve kept myself busy the last few weeks, it hasn’t been the same without the footie. Soon it will be back to business and back to the way we love to live!!

  4. Dave :: July 26th, 2007 4:02 pm

    I tend to agree with Oli regarding Liverpool. On their day they’re more than capable of beating anyone but they’ve always come unstuck against the teams further down the table. Motivation when playing the likes of United, Arsenal and Chelsea is easy but when you face an away trip to Middlesbrough, Portsmouth and Fulham who are all happy with just a point, it’s much harder to grind out a result on a cold, December, midweek evening.

    I do think it’ll be United and Chelsea again but I’d also expect Liverpool and Arsenal to be much closer whilst Tottenham may also be in there with 3rd and 4th fighting for a European place as long as they get off to a better start than last season.

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