BBC pundit predicts United to win the 2020/21 Premier League

It feels like it’s hardly been away but the Premier League returns this weekend.

Manchester United’s Europa League excursions in August mean a delayed start to our season, but there are eight top flight fixtures across the next three days.

That means it’s time for pundits to make their predictions about how United will get on in 2020/21.

Title challenge on the horizon?

BBC asked 24 of their top pundits for their top four predictions.

Former England international Chris Waddle was the only one who thought United would win a 21st Premier League title.

“There are a lot of games jammed into this season and I am looking at the teams with the biggest squads as the ones who will do well. I don’t think Liverpool will cope.

“City will, of course, but I just have a sneaky feeling United will spring a surprise. They already have a lot of quality on their books, and they might sign a couple more.”

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Almost unanimous agreement

For much of last season, it didn’t look like United were going to get into the top four.

We did, and now 23 of the 24 feel we’ll repeat the feat in 2020/21.

Only Ian Wright, with his huge Arsenal connections, predicted United wouldn’t qualify for the Champions League again, putting his beloved Gunners in fourth place again.

Micah Richards, Chris Sutton, Lyndsay Johnson, Mark Lawrenson and Dion Dublin all said United would come third.

The other 17 believe we’re set for a fourth place finish, one down on last season’s effort.

Chelsea’s eye-catching spending spree – combined with United’s relative inactivity has seemingly played a major part.

That said, Solskjaer appeared to take a swipe at the Blues earlier this week with comments about new players not necessarily always gelling.

One thing United do have now is an established first eleven, which allows partnerships and understandings to grow.


Never write United off

Although many rational United fans won’t be expecting a title challenge this season, they also know it’s never an especially good idea to write United off.

Solskjaer had that spirit drummed into him as a player. He would relish in proving the critics wrong and reveling in their relative lack of expectation.

He will just be hoping for the necessary reinforcements before the transfer deadline passes.

Manchester United fixtures after the international break

  1. Newcastle United (A)

    October 17 – 3pm

  2. PSG (A)

    October 20 – 8pm

  3. Chelsea (H)

    October 24 – 5.30pm

  4. RB Leipzig (H)

    October 28 – 8pm

  5. Arsenal (H)

    November 1 – 6.30pm

  6. Istanbul Basaksehir (A)

    November 4- 5.55pm

  7. Everton (A)

    November 7 – 3pm

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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 programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.