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Rant’s premier predictions 2011/12

August 9, 2011 Tags: Opinion 20 comments

Each year Rant puts its neck on the block and predicts the outcome of the season to come. There were mixed results in 2009/10 and 2010/11. Give it a try in the comments section below and we’ll revisit this post at the end of May 2012 to see who did best. No prizes. Just glory for the winner and good old fashioned public humiliation for everybody else.

United’s Season

  • Premier League: winners
  • Champions League: semi-final
  • Carling Cup: semi-final
  • FA Cup: fifth round
  • Player of the Year: Nemanja Vidic
  • Reserve Player of the Year: Paul Pogba

Premier League Top Ten

  1. Manchester United
  2. Manchester City
  3. Chelsea
  4. Arsenal
  5. Liverpool
  6. Tottenham Hotspur
  7. Everton
  8. Aston Villa
  9. Sunderland
  10. Fulham

Relegated

  • Swansea
  • Norwich
  • Newcastle

Champions League

  • Winners: Barcelona
  • Runners-up: Real Madrid

Europa League

  • Atlético de Madrid

FA Cup

  • Liverpool

Carling Cup

  • Manchester City
Euro 2012
  • Spain

Player of the Season

  • Robin van Persie, Arsenal

Young Player of the Season

  • Javier Hernández, Manchester United

Sack Race

  • Steve Keen, Blackburn Rovers
  • Alan Pardew, Newcastle United
  • Neil Warnock, Queens Park Rangers

20 comments

rjb24 - August 9, 2011 Reply

I assume this must have been written before Obertan signed for Newcastle – they’ll be at least 5 places higher with him in the team…

sheesh - August 9, 2011 Reply

United’s Season

Premier League: winners
Champions League: final
Carling Cup: quarter final
FA Cup: semi-final
Player of the Year: Javier Hernandez
Reserve Player of the Year: Paul Pogba
Premier League Top Ten

Manchester United
Manchester City
Chelsea
Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool
Everton
Aston Villa
Fulham
Newcastle United

Relegated

Swansea
Norwich
QPR

Champions League

Winners: Barcelona
Runners-up: Manchester United

Europa League

Who cares….

FA Cup

Manchester City

Carling Cup

Everton

Euro 2012
Spain
Player of the Season

Javier Hernández, Manchester United

Young Player of the Season

Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea

Sack Race

Steve Keen, Blackburn Rovers
Alex McLeish, Aston Villa
Neil Warnock, Queens Park Rangers

nailyclops - August 9, 2011 Reply

United’s Season

◦Premier League: winners
◦Champions League: semi-final
◦Carling Cup: winners
◦FA Cup: winners
◦Player of the Year: Rooney
◦Reserve Player of the Year: Paul Pogba
Premier League Top Ten

1.Manchester United
2.Chelsea
3.Man City
4.Arsenal
5.Liverpool
6.Tottenham Hotspur
7.Everton
8.Aston Villa
9.Bolton
10.Sunderland
Relegated

◦Blackburn
◦Wigan
◦Swansea

Champions League

◦Winners: Real Madrrid
◦Runners-up: Barca

Europa League

◦Spurs (if they keep Modric)

FA Cup

◦Utd
Carling Cup

◦Utd
Euro 2012
◦Holland
Player of the Season

◦Rooney

Young Player of the Season

◦Jack Wilshire

Sack Race

◦Steve Keen, Blackburn Rovers
◦Roberto Martinez, Wigan
◦Neil Warnock, Queens Park Rangers

RobDiablo - August 9, 2011 Reply

Just out of curiosity, have any of you factored in the signing of a top midfielder into your predictions?

Ed - August 9, 2011 Reply

RobDiablo – I have not!

Wil - August 10, 2011 Reply

I think quite a lot of us are over optimistic. Utd definitely still has problems in midfield and if Ando and Cleverly fails to live up to expectations, we will very much be similar to last season minus a very good experienced Goal Keeper as well. I really hope De Gea, Lindegard, Ando, Flectcher and Cleverly can all rise up to the occasion this season and then I’m sure we’ll have more to cheer about come May 2012.

United’s Season

Premier League: winners (just!)
Champions League: semi-final
Carling Cup: winners (looking forward to Morrison & Pogba & Lindegard doing well here!)
FA Cup: quarters final
Player of the Year: Nani (He looks awesome in pre-season. He just needs to show he can do it all season and not just the first half!)
Reserve Player of the Year: Paul Pogba

Premier League Top Ten

Manchester United
Chelsea
Man City
Liverpool (Suarez is going to make a HUGE impact)
Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal
Everton
WBA (really think they can do well under RH)
Aston Villa
Sunderland

Relegated

Swansea
Norwich
QPR

Champions League

Winners: Barcelona
Runners-up: Some German team

Europa League

Tottenham

FA Cup

Liverpool

Carling Cup

Manchester United

Euro 2012

Spain

Player of the Season

Nani (just as long he is started on the right wing) with Rooney pushing him very tight

Young Player of the Season

Lukaku (not sure how to spell it), Chelsea
Cleverly to pip Lukaku if he gets enough games

Sack Race

Neil Warnock, Queens Park Rangers
Roberto Mancini, Man C (Especially if Man C crashes out of the CL early on)
Arsene Wegner, Arsenal (Sounds crazy but he seems to be getting on everyone nerves including Arsenal fans these days)

Damian Garside - August 10, 2011 Reply

Just to be `otherwise’:
Premier League 3rd (behind Arsenal, winners and Man City, runners up) (injuries to our key players in the run in)
FA Cup (lose to Liverpool, eventual winners in quarter final)
Carling Cup Winners (beat Man City)
Champions League winners (beat Real Madrid 4-3 after being 4-1 up at one stage, 3 goals in 5 minutes blitz just before half-time, pundits call it the “most exciting final ever”.

player of the season: Aguero

young player of the season: Cleverley

golden boot: (tie) van Persie and Nani

Zombie Cucumber - August 10, 2011 Reply

Ed – Bold predictions!

But van Persie as Player of the Year? Interesting. Maybe I can’t see it because I can’t stand his drama queen act, But I’ll defer to your expertise if you care to elaborate.

Ed - August 10, 2011 Reply

Zombie – no expertise, just a feeling he’ll take on more responsibility and score a bagful of goals. It’s not much more than a guess. That and if a Gooner looks even a modicum less than shit the papers will be all over it.

andrew - August 10, 2011 Reply

If he stays fit he’ll be a monster….his momentum gets derailed by big injuries year after year. Amazing second half of the season last year when he finally was injury free.

Wellington - August 10, 2011 Reply

United’s Season
Premier League: winners
Champions League: semi-final
Carling Cup: winners
FA Cup: quarter final
Player of the Year: Nani
Reserve Player of the Year: Paul Pogba
Premier League Top Ten
Manchester United
Chelsea
Manchester City
Arsenal
Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur
Everton
Sunderland
Fulham

Relegated
Blackburn
Newcastle
Swansea

Champions League
Winners: Barcelona
Runners-up: Real Madrid
Europa League
Paris Saint Germain
FA Cup
Chelsea
Carling Cup
Manchester United
Euro 2012
Spain
Player of the Season
David Silva, Man City
Young Player of the Season
Javier Hernández, Manchester United
Sack Race
Steve Keen, Blackburn Rovers
Neil Warnock, QPR
Alex Mcleish, Aston Villa

captainhormone - August 10, 2011 Reply

◦Premier League: winners
◦Champions League: winners
◦Carling Cup: 5th round
◦FA Cup: 5th round
◦Player of the Year: Rooney
◦Reserve Player of the Year: ravel morrison
Premier League Top Ten
1.Manchester United
2.Citeh
3.Chelsea
4.Arsenal
5.Liverpool
6.Tottenham Hotspur
7.Everton
8.Sunderland
9.Stoke
10.West Brom
Relegated
◦Blackburn
◦Norwich
◦Swansea
Champions League
◦Winners: utd
◦Runners-up: Milan
Europa League
◦Juve
FA Cup
◦Arsenal
Carling Cup
◦Everton
Euro 2012
◦Spain
Player of the Season
◦Rooney
Young Player of the Season
◦Andy Carroll
Sack Race
◦Steve Keen, Blackburn Rovers
◦Brendan Rodgers, Swansea
◦Neil Warnock, Queens Park Rangers
Leagues Biggest Bender – Van Persie
Europes Biggest Bender – Busquets or Pedro
Worlds Biggest Bender – Neymar

LKHF

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Mongoletsi - August 11, 2011 Reply

Only prizes of interest are Prem and CL.

Glad to see not only one thinks we’ll win both… but only if other teams are as disjointed as last year, and we avoid Barca (and maybe Real) in final. We’d do both en-route.

DeadRevel - August 13, 2011 Reply

Why does everyone say that about Barca? We have a much bigger chance of beating them than other teams do, except maybe Madrid. Especially since we have played them in two competitive finals so have experience.

As far as I’m concerned we won the league by 9pts last season and have improved more than Chelsea over the summer. I don’t think City will win because they will be concentrating on the Champions League too, something they didn’t have to worry about last year. Spurs could even have a chance of breaking back into the top 4 with this in mind.

I reckon SAF might fancy winning the FA Cup this year considering how long we’ve gone without it and losing in two semi finals recently hurts.

United’s Season

* Premier League: winners
* Champions League: semi-final
* Carling Cup: semi-final
* FA Cup: winners
* Player of the Year: Wayne Rooney
* Young player of the year: Chris Smalling
* Reserve Player of the Year: Ravel Morrison

Champions League Winners: Barcelona
Runners-up: Whoever gets to the final
FA Cup: United
Carling Cup: Arsenal

p.s. Chris Smalling won’t win, but he will be our best young player.

DeadRevel - August 13, 2011 Reply

Just realised I misread your comment. Not entirely sure why you think we’d beat Barca over two legs though. If we can’t beat them at Wembley, what chance do we have at Camp Nou?

I reckon we could take Madrid either way. Their players are too arrogant for their own good…

bman - August 16, 2011 Reply

I think City probably won’t be consistent or testicular enough to win the PL, but looking at that squad, they could go all the way in the CL. I definitely expect them to go far, it’s an ideal CL squad with a very solid defense, two defensive mids, and a few top class forwards to nick a goal. They’ll grind out results.

Their defense was equal best in the PL last season. Now they’ve got Silva, Tevez, Aguero, Dzeko, Ballotelli and presumably also Nasri — that’s just ridiculous. Imagine the following line up:

GK
— Back four —
— De Jong — Toure
Aguero — Nasri — Silva
Tevez

If Mancini ever has the balls to play it, mind.

RobDiablo - August 18, 2011 Reply

x x o x x o x x x o x o o o x x x o x

Can anyone examine the above sequence of x’s and o’s and tell me what the next three characters should be? No? Can’t be arsed? Well, the x’s represent seasons in which United won the premiership, and, if the pattern continues, the next three characters would all be o’s. A deeper analysis of the pattern would indicate that Cheatski will win the league this year, while a side that has not yet won a Premiership title will win the following two years.

I have too much time on my hands, I know.

captainhormone - August 18, 2011 Reply

heard of masturbation Rob?

AsherMUFC - August 18, 2011 Reply

United’s Season

* Premier League: winners
* Champions League: quarter-final
* Carling Cup: forth-round
* FA Cup: semi-final
* Player of the Year: Wayne Rooney
* Reserve Player of the Year: Paul Pogba

Premier League Top Ten

1. Manchester United
2. Manchester City
3. Chelsea
4. Tottenham Hotspur
5. Liverpool
6. Arsenal
7. Everton
8. Aston Villa
9. Sunderland
10. Fulham

Relegated

* QPR
* Blackburn
* Newcastle

Champions League

* Winners: Barcelona
* Runners-up: Real Madrid

Europa League

* Atlético de Madrid

FA Cup

* Chelsea

Carling Cup

* Manchester City

Euro 2012

* Germany

Player of the Season

* Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Young Player of the Season

* Javier Hernández, Manchester United

Sack Race

* Steve Keen, Blackburn Rovers
* Alan Pardew, Newcastle United
* Neil Warnock, Queens Park Rangers

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