Pre-season hasn’t even begun but already it’s been one of the most eventful in Premier League history with last season’s top three sides all experiencing changes in management. United may have won the title at a canter in 2013 but the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the return of Jose Mourinho and the Manuel Pellegrini taking over at the Etihad mean that many sites such as bwinbetting.com have United, City and Chelsea at similar odds.
Had Sir Alex stayed on at Old Trafford you’d probably fancy Manchester United to retain the title such was the ease with which they won it last season, not to mention the uncertainty of new management at second placed City. David Moyes taking over at The Theatre of Dreams has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons so to speak and it’s actually Chelsea who now boast the only Premier League winning boss of the top three in the form of the Special One. Mourinho inherits a great squad but this isn’t the same one he took over in 2003 and the likes of Claude Makele are long gone, while the old guard of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole look more like the Home guard of Dad’s Army fame.
Pellegrini will not only inherit a strong side he’ll also have one with two new faces in Fernandinho and Jesus Navas two players who’ve been brought in to add a bit more creation to a team that too often ran out of ideas in the last campaign- Joleon Lescott upfront anyone?
United may have their ribbons on the trophy once more, but the manager esponsible is no longer in the dugout and the fact his successor has yet to lift a major trophy means the uncertainty in Manchester next season isn’t confined to the Etihad. David Moyes may seem like the ‘safe’ option but is he the right one? Only time will tell and for now many are finding it difficult to call.