So have minds been changed about the destiny of the Premier League title this season in the first three weeks? This I am not sure about, having backed Manchester City, thinking that Tottenham would run them close. But here is what I have learned.
- Manchester United are proving an awesome unit and the Matic signing has clearly reinvigorated Paul Pogba. While Lukaku gives them the cutting edge to bully the lesser teams, there are a lot of other players in form. And the way they dismissed Leicester City, who were my tips for the top six, was seriously impressive. United look so much better than City right now and even if they can sign Sanchez from Arsenal, City still do not look like the finished article. I have been disappointed by Pep Guardiola’s impact at the Etihad so far.
- Nothing changes at Arsenal. Except they are not playing Champions League and I think they are struggling for a top 6 spot this season. They are in need of a new manager – I still believe that with a new boss they could prosper. This is a team without direction, with no selection nous, and the players are totally demotivated. As I predicted that Leicester win on the opening day of the season was a serious smokescreen.
- I am already reviewing my prediction that Swansea will go down. They seem to be coping well with the loss of Gylffi Sigurdsson and I have seen enough talent in that team to get them safe. Brighton look to be in trouble, and Chris Hughton’s record of keeping clubs up is not good. However, he is a fantastic guy, I loved him at my club Norwich and wished he had not been so negative, especially away from home. Let us hope the Seagulls fly high soon.
- The reports of Stoke’s demise under Mark Hughes were premature. Some nonsense was talked about Mark Hughes. They have overachieved every year under the Welshman and the sale of Marko Arnautovic for £28 million looks good business.
- Favourite players so far: Harry Maguire at Leicester – soon to be an England regular and so much better in defence and attack than John Stones. Marcus Rashford: Jose Mourinho has worked him out and how to get the best out of him. Lightning quick, he just has to add 20 goals per season and he’ll be an England regular too. Trent Alexander-Arnold: I should not put too much on the lad at this stage and he did not feature against Arsenal but he delivers a killer dead ball and reminds me of Beckham at his best. Very exciting prospect for Liverpool.
- Chelsea are again looking a big threat to the Manchester clubs and with Morata starting so well, I have changed my mind on them as well. The Burnley defeat was as deceptive as Arsenal’s win over Leicester and Conte’s pledge of loyalty to the club will galvanise them after the international break.
- Finally a club local to me West Ham. For goodness sake lay off Slavan Bilic, at least until he’s had a chance to play one or two games at home. He seems to have bought well and he turned it round well last season, he will do it again.