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10 predictions for 2016

January 2, 2016 Tags: , , , Opinion 12 comments
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The year ended much as it began: with Louis van Gaal’s side languishing well behind the Premier League leaders, exiled from European competition and out of at least one domestic cup. Plus ça change, Louis. United’s run of eight matches without a victory as 2015 closed helped to end the year with a sense of crisis in the air. The new year begins with Van Gaal under pressure to turn the team around, Ed Woodward to secure the resources his heavily backed manager needs, and the fans to remain positive amid what is beginning to feel like permanent decline. Read More

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2015/16

September 1, 2015 Tags: Opinion 9 comments
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Each year Rant predicts the season ahead. Manchester United’s performance, the winners, the losers and the individual stars of the campaign. There have been mixed results over the years – check out 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/122012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

United made some progress last season under Louis van Gaal, albeit from a very low base after the disastrous experiment with Sir Alex Ferguson’s former friend, David Moyes. With qualification for the Champions League obtained, the club set about righting some of the more obvious wrongs in the Dutchman’s squad – adding four quality players and Sergio Romero. The last month of the window has, in the most common narrative at least, undone much of the good that came before. Time will tell how many problems remain in United’s squad.

In a change from previous campaigns Rant’s predictions are made just after the transfer window has closed, rather than on the cusp of the new campaign. Will this make a difference to Rant’s accuracy? Unlikely!

Last season Rant predicted few of the season’s events correctly. Such is the folly of gambling. United missed out on the third place Rant forecast, while the prediction that the Reds’ campaign would also include a Capital One Cup semi-final fell flat, although the Van Gaal’s team did make the FA Cup quarter-final.

Add your predictions in the comments section below and we’ll revisit this post at the end of May 2016 to find out how we all did. No cash prizes – just glory to the winners, and likely humiliation for Rant.

United’s Season

  • Premier League: fourth
  • Champions League: quarter-final
  • Carling Cup: semi-final
  • FA Cup: fourth round
  • Player of the Year: Bastian Schweinsteiger
  • Under-21 Player of the Year: Joel Pereira
  • Academy Player of the Year: Marcus Rashford

Premier League Top Ten

  1. Manchester City
  2. Chelsea
  3. Arsenal
  4. Manchester United
  5. Liverpool
  6. Tottenham Hotspur
  7. Swansea City
  8. Stoke City
  9. Everton
  10. Crystal Palace

Relegated

  • Bournemouth
  • Watford
  • Sunderland

Champions League

  • Winners: Real Madrid
  • Runners-up: Barcelona

Europa League

  • Schalke 04

FA Cup

  • Chelsea

Carling Cup

  • Manchester City

Euro 2016

  • Germany

Player of the Season

  • Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Young Player of the Season

  • Memphis Depay, Manchester United

Sack Race

  • Dick Advocaat, Sunderland
  • Quique Flores, Watford
  • Jose Mourinho, Chelsea

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2014/15 revisited

June 4, 2015 Tags: Opinion 2 comments
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Each year Rant predicts the season ahead. Manchester United’s performance, the winners, the losers and the individual stars. There have been mixed results over the years – check out 2009/102010/112011/122012/13 and 2013/14. This year is no different.

It has been a mixed season for United, with Louis van Gaal leading something of a renaissance at Old Trafford by qualifying for the Champions League, albeit without any silverware to show for the campaign. United missed out on the third place Rant forecast. Meanwhile, Rant’s prediction that United’s campaign would also include a Capital One Cup semi-final fell flat, although the Reds did make the FA Cup quarter-final.

On the playing front Robin van Persie was most certainly not United’s Player of the Year, while James Wilson’s breakthrough didn’t quite materialise in the first team. Andreas Pereira was a worth Reserve Player of the Year. Marcus Ashford made “big strides,” this season according to under-18s coach Paul McGuiness, but missed out to Axel Tuanzebe as the Young Player of the Year.

Domestically, Rant correctly predicted this season’s champions, Chelsea, and the make-up of the top four – although Arsenal beat United to third. Manchester City did not win the FA Cup, nor did Liverpool capture the Capital One Cup. Sergio Aguero had another fine season, although was beaten to Player of the Year by Eden Hazard. Ross Barkley largely disappointed at Everton, with Harry Kane capturing the Young Player trophy. Of the predicted sackings only Harry Redknapp left his job this season – a resignation.

Finally, in Europe, Sevilla and not Fiorentina won the Europa League, while either Barcelona or Juventus will take the Champions League on Saturday – not Real Madrid.

How did you do?

United’s Season

  • Premier League: third  – FOURTH
  • Capital One Cup: semi-final – THIRD ROUND
  • FA Cup: quarter-final – QUARTER-FINAL
  • Player of the Year: Robin van Persie – DAVID DE GEA
  • Reserve Team Player of the Year: James Wilson – ANDREAS PEREIRA
  • Young Player of the Year: Marcus Rashford – AXEL TUANZEBE

Premier League Top Ten

  1. Chelsea – FIRST
  2. Manchester City – SECOND
  3. Manchester United – FOURTH
  4. Arsenal – THIRD
  5. Liverpool – SIXTH
  6. Everton – 11TH
  7. Tottenham Hotspur – FIFTH
  8. Newcastle United – 15TH
  9. Stoke City – NINTH
  10. Hull City – 18TH

Relegated

  • Burnley – RELEGATED
  • Leicester City – SURVIVED
  • West Bromwich Albion – SURVIVED

Champions League

  • Winners: Real Madrid  TO BE CONFIRMED
  • Runners-up: Chelsea – TO BE CONFIRMED

Europa League

  • Fiorentina – SEVILLA

FA Cup

  • Manchester City – ARSENAL

Capital One Cup

  • Liverpool – CHELSEA

Player of the Season

  • Sergio Aguero, Manchester City – EDEN HAZARD

Young Player of the Season

  • Ross Barkley, Everton – HARRY KANE

Sack Race

  • Harry Redknapp, Queens Park Rangers – RESIGNED
  • Ronaldo Koeman, Southampton – SURVIVED
  • Sean Dyche, Burnley – SURVIVED

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2014/15

August 14, 2014 Tags: Opinion 15 comments
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Each year Rant predicts the season ahead. Manchester United’s performance, the winners, the losers and the individual stars of the campaign. There have been mixed results over the years – check out 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/122013/14 and last season.

It is, if anything, far more difficult this season than over the past five. After all, United’s miserable campaign under David Moyes last year readjusted expectations for the 12 months ahead. Yet, Louis van Gaal has only gone and increased supporters confidence over the summer, albeit from the rock bottom position Moyes had left the club.

As ever the predictions are made ‘as is’ – just ahead of the new Premier League season and two full weeks before the transfer window closes. Should United sign Arturo Vidal, Juan Cuadrado and Daley Blind in the next few days a cheeky edit may be in order!

Last season Rant predicted five correct answers – Manchester City as Premier League champions, Arsenal winners of the FA Cup, Eden Hazard as PFA Young Player of the Year, and Chris Hughton/Paolo di Canio to be sacked. Optimistically, as it now turns our, Rant predicted that United would finish the season third in the Premier League, although – sadly – we correctly forecast a trophyless campaign.

Add your predictions in the comments section below and we’ll revisit this post at the end of May 2015 to find out how we all did. No cash prizes – just glory to the winners, and likely humiliation for Rant.

United’s Season

  • Premier League: third
  • Carling Cup: semi-final
  • FA Cup: quarter-final
  • Player of the Year: Robin van Persie
  • Under-21 Player of the Year: James Wilson
  • Academy Player of the Year: Marcus Rashford

Premier League Top Ten

  1. Chelsea
  2. Manchester City
  3. Manchester United
  4. Arsenal
  5. Liverpool
  6. Everton
  7. Tottenham Hotspur
  8. Newcastle United
  9. Stoke City
  10. Hull City

Relegated

  • Burnley
  • Leicester City
  • West Bromwich Albion

Champions League

  • Winners: Real Madrid
  • Runners-up: Chelsea

Europa League

  • Fiorentina

FA Cup

  • Manchester City

Carling Cup

  • Liverpool

Player of the Season

  • Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Young Player of the Season

  • Ross Barkley, Everton

Sack Race

  • Harry Redknapp, Queens Park Rangers
  • Ronaldo Koeman, Southampton
  • Sean Dyche, Burnley

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2013/14 revisited

May 12, 2014 Tags: Opinion 1 comment
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Each year Rant predicts the season ahead. Manchester United’s performance, the winners, the losers and the individual stars. There have been mixed results over the years – check out 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13.

The 2013/14 season proved one of the more traumatic in United’s recent history. While Rant predicted that United might struggle under David Moyes – forecasting a third place Premier League finish – the season proved far more difficult than anticipated. We incorrectly thought that United might exit at the Champions League Round of 16, believed that the FA Cup run would end in the quarter-final, and that United might even win the Capital One Cup. Oh, the optimism of it all!

Elsewhere, Rant correctly predicted that Manchester City would win the Premier league, but that north London side Arsenal would finally drop out of the Champions League places. We thought that Sergio Aguero might be Player of the Year, with Eden Hazard the Young Player.

In Europe Rant thought Bayern Munich and Barcelona would contest the 2014 Champions League final, and Italian side Lazio would win the Europa League. Such are the vagaries of forecasting anything in football. However, Paulo di Canio and Chris Hughton might have cause to regret Rant’s correct prediction that they would both be sacked this season!

How did you do?

United’s Season

  • Premier League: third – SEVENTH
  • Champions League: second-round – QUARTER-FINAL
  • Carling Cup: winners – SEMI-FINAL
  • FA Cup: quarter-final – THIRD ROUND
  • Player of the Year: Robin van Persie – DAVID DE GEA
  • Under-21 Player of the Year: Ben Pearson – SAIDY JANKO
  • Academy Player of the Year: Andreas Pereira – JAMES WILSON

Premier League Top Ten

  1. Manchester City – FIRST
  2. Chelsea – THIRD
  3. Manchester United – SEVENTH
  4. Tottenham Hotspur – SIXTH
  5. Arsenal – FOURTH
  6. Liverpool – SECOND
  7. Everton – FIFTH
  8. Swansea City – 12th
  9. West Bromwich Albion – 17th
  10. West Ham United – 13th

Relegated

  • Sunderland – NORWICH CITY
  • Hull City – FULHAM
  • Crystal Palace – CARDIFF CITY

Champions League

  • Winners: Barcelona – TO BE CONFIRMED (Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid)
  • Runners-up: Bayern Munich – TO BE CONFIRMED

Europa League

  • Lazio – TO BE CONFIRMED (Benfica or Sevilla)

FA Cup

  • Arsenal – TO BE CONFIRMED (Arsenal or Hull City)

Carling Cup

  • Manchester United – MANCHESTER CITY

World Cup 2014

  • Winners: Brazil – TO BE CONFIRMED
  • Runners-up: Spain – TO BE CONFIRMED

Player of the Season

  • Sergio Aguero, Manchester City – LUIS SUAREZ

Young Player of the Season

  • Eden Hazard, Chelsea – EDEN HAZARD

Sack Race

  • Alan Pardew, Newcastle United – SAFE
  • Chris Hughton, Norwich – SACKED
  • Paolo di Canio, Sunderland – SACKED

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2013/14

August 16, 2013 Tags: Opinion 16 comments
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Each year Rant predicts the season ahead. Manchester United’s performance, the winners, the losers and the individual stars. There have been mixed results over the years – check out 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 and last season.

As ever the predictions are made ‘as is’ – just ahead of the new Premier League season and two full weeks before the transfer window closes. Last season Rant predicted just four correct answers – and that United would finish second – but then Robin van Persie signed and everything changed. This year Rant makes the predictions on the basis that Wayne Rooney remains and no further signings are made.

Add your predictions in the comments section below and we’ll revisit this post at the end of May 2013 to find out how we all did. No cash prizes – just glory to the winners, and likely humiliation for Rant.

United’s Season

  • Premier League: third
  • Champions League: second-round
  • Carling Cup: winners
  • FA Cup: quarter-final
  • Player of the Year: Robin van Persie
  • Under-21 Player of the Year: Ben Pearson
  • Academy Player of the Year: Andreas Pereira

Premier League Top Ten

  1. Manchester City
  2. Chelsea
  3. Manchester United
  4. Tottenham Hotspur
  5. Arsenal
  6. Liverpool
  7. Everton
  8. Swansea City
  9. West Bromwich Albion
  10. West Ham United

Relegated

  • Sunderland
  • Hull City
  • Crystal Palace

Champions League

  • Winners: Barcelona
  • Runners-up: Bayern Munich

Europa League

  • Lazio

FA Cup

  • Arsenal

Carling Cup

  • Manchester United

World Cup 2014

  • Winners: Brazil
  • Runners-up: Spain

Player of the Season

  • Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Young Player of the Season

  • Eden Hazard, Chelsea

Sack Race

  • Alan Pardew, Newcastle United
  • Chris Hughton, Norwich
  • Paolo di Canio, Sunderland

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2012/13 revisited

May 23, 2013 Tags: Opinion 9 comments
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Each year Rant predicts the outcome of the season to come – winners, losers – Manchester United and others. There have been mixed results in over the years – 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12. And 2012/13 proved to be particularly challenging, with Rant’s worst prediction performance yet – just four correct answers, with the Champions League final yet to come. How did you do?

United’s Season

  • Premier League: second  – FIRST
  • Champions League: quarter-final  – SECOND ROUND
  • Carling Cup: quarter-final  – QUARTER FINAL
  • FA Cup: winners  – QUARTER FINAL
  • Player of the Year: Wayne Rooney  – ROBIN VAN PERSIE/MICHAEL CARRICK
  • Reserve Player of the Year: Jack Barmby  – ADNAN JANUZAJ
  • Academy Player of the Year: Mats Moller Daehli  – BEN PEARSON

Premier League Top Ten

  1. Manchester City  – MANCHESTER UNITED
  2. Manchester United  – MANCHESTER CITY
  3. Chelsea  – CHELSEA
  4. Arsenal  – ARSENAL 
  5. Liverpool  – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
  6. Newcastle United  – EVERTON
  7. Tottenham Hotspur  – LIVERPOOL
  8. Everton  – WEST BROMWICH ALBION
  9. Sunderland  – SWANSEA CITY
  10. Fulham  – WEST HAM UNITED

Relegated

  • Southampton  – WIGAN ATHLETIC
  • Norwich  – READING
  • Reading  – QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Champions League

  • Winners: Real Madrid  – TO BE CONFIRMED
  • Runners-up: Bayern Munich  – TO BE CONFIRMED

Europa League

  • CSKA Moscow  – CHELSEA

FA Cup

  • Manchester United  – WIGAN ATHLETIC

Carling Cup

  • Arsenal  – SWANSEA CITY

Player of the Season

  • Wayne Rooney  –  GARETH BALE

Young Player of the Season

  • Eden Hazard –  GARETH BALE

Sack Race

  • Brian McDermott, Reading  – SACKED
  • Chris Hughton, Norwich  – SAFE
  • Sam Allardyce, West Ham United  – SAFE

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2012/13

August 18, 2012 Tags: Opinion 20 comments

Each year Rant predicts the outcome of the season to come – winners, losers – Manchester United and others. There have been mixed results in over the years – 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12.

Add your predictions in the comments section below and we’ll revisit this post at the end of May 2013 to find out how we all did. No cash prizes – just glory to the winners, and likely humiliation for Rant.

United’s Season

  • Premier League: second
  • Champions League: quarter-final
  • Carling Cup: quarter-final
  • FA Cup: winners
  • Player of the Year: Wayne Rooney
  • Reserve Player of the Year: Jack Barmby
  • Academy Player of the Year: Mats Moller Daehli

Premier League Top Ten

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

Relegated

  • Southampton
  • Norwich
  • Reading

Champions League

  • Winners: Real Madrid
  • Runners-up: Bayern Munich

Europa League

  • CSKA Moscow

FA Cup

  • United

Carling Cup

  • Arsenal

Player of the Season

  • Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Young Player of the Season

  • Eden Hazard, Chelsea

Sack Race

  • Brian McDermott, Reading
  • Chris Hughton, Norwich
  • Sam Allardyce, West Ham United

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2011/12 revisited

May 16, 2012 Tags: Opinion 7 comments

Every year United Rant uses a highly complex mathematical formula developed by the boffins working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland, to predict the future. Drawing on the same supercomputing power that is looking at the very beginnings of the universe, Rant forecasts the season’s winners and losers with uncanny accuracy. Well, either that or we take a wild stab in the dark. You decide!

In truth, this year hasn’t been the finest for Rant’s prediction engine, with our pre-season forecasts largely turning our wrong – just 5/29 events in fact. After all, we believed Manchester United would take the Premier League title and, worse still, Newcastle United would face relegation! In the past two years we have predicted 9/29 and 13/29 correct events.

On the other hand we did pick Robin van Persie as our player of the year, Atlético de Madrid as Europa League winners and Neil Warnock to be sacked.

How did you do?

United’s Season

  • Premier League: winners SECOND
  • Champions League: semi-final GROUP STAGE
  • Carling Cup: semi-final QUARTER FINAL
  • FA Cup: fifth round FOURTH ROUND
  • Player of the Year: Nemanja Vidic ANTONIO VALENCIA
  • Reserve Player of the Year: Paul Pogba MICHAEL KEANE

Premier League Top Ten

  1. Manchester United MANCHESTER CITY
  2. Manchester City MANCHESTER UNITED
  3. Chelsea ARSENAL
  4. Arsenal TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
  5. Liverpool NEWCASTLE UNITED
  6. Tottenham Hotspur CHELSEA
  7. Everton EVERTON
  8. Aston Villa LIVERPOOL
  9. Sunderland FULHAM
  10. Fulham WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Relegated

  • Swansea BOLTON WANDERERS
  • Norwich BLACKBURN ROVERS
  • Newcastle WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Champions League

  • Winners: Barcelona CHELSEA/BAYERN MUNICH
  • Runners-up: Real Madrid CHELSEA/BAYERN MUNICH

Europa League

  • Atlético de Madrid ATLETICO DE MADRID

FA Cup

  • Liverpool CHELSEA

Carling Cup

  • Manchester City LIVERPOOL
Euro 2012
  • Spain SPAIN

Player of the Season

  • Robin van Persie, Arsenal ROBIN VAN PERSIE

Young Player of the Season

  • Javier Hernández, Manchester United KYLE WALKER

Sack Race

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

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