Premier League: Gary Neville and Graeme Souness assess title contenders after opening weekend

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Premier League: Gary Neville and Graeme Souness assess title contenders after opening weekend


Sky Sports’ Gary Neville and Graeme Souness assess Premier League title contenders Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool after the opening weekend of the new season.

Can Pogba inspire Man Utd to the title?

Gary Neville de Sky Sports :

“Leeds are perfect opponents because they play one-on-one and Manchester United have them separated. Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba were exceptional and it was a very good start for Manchester United.

“It’s an absolute given that if Fernandes and Pogba are at Manchester United they will both play. But I think what we’ll see is Pogba to the left of the top three for the big games and he could play deeper in some games at Old Trafford when they need to unlock teams. It will create opportunities.

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Paul Pogba became the seventh player in Premier League history to pass four goals in a single game in the competition, following Dennis Bergkamp, ​​José Antonio Reyes, Cesc Fàbregas, Emmanuel Adebayor, Santi Cazorla and Harry Kane

“Manchester United need a great season from Pogba because he will be leaving next summer. I think Pogba will be excited about the squad United are building but he has a decision to make: does he want to stake his future at Manchester United?

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Gary Neville, Micah Richards and Graeme Souness argue over Paul Pogba’s future

“If it’s a new contract, it will be for three, four or five years and that means the best years of his career will be at Manchester United. I think Paul Pogba has ambitions to play elsewhere – and that’s clear for the past two years. His agent told us and I think he will take this opportunity. “

Are Champions City still the team to beat despite losing to Spurs?

Jack Grealish in action for Man City vs Tottenham

Gary Neville de Sky Sports :

“I have no doubts about Manchester City.

“For 15 minutes against Spurs they were mind blowing and they could have easily increased by a goal or two so no I’m not too worried about them in the longer term.

“They’ll probably win the title and if they get Harry Kane, to be honest with you, that’s a pretty sure thing I would say because once they score the goals up front it is that they missed today, then they’ll be fine.

“The defense will get stronger when Kyle Walker and John Stones return. They have so many players coming back that it is wrong. “

Graeme Souness de Sky Sports :

“City have won three championships in the past four years and have shown resilience. It didn’t go well from start to finish in the championships they won.

“The teams that win the league are the ones that can face a downturn, face disappointment and deal with injury.

“They have a great team and have great conviction. That loss is a punch to the nose but you get back up and that’s what City are. But coming back, I think they need someone who is going to get them over 20 goals per season.

“When you rely on players like Gundogan and your midfielders to be your top scorers, I think you’re a bit on a wing and a prayer. “

Can Chelsea follow the Champions League with the Premier League?

Graeme Souness de Sky Sports :

“You know what Chelsea is under this manager. He listens to them all.

“With the addition of Lukaku, it makes them real contenders for the title. If he stays in shape, he will score more than 20 goals for this team.

“Werner is exciting because he’s always run behind and had chances but he didn’t take them. As a manager you can’t expect him to score more than 20 goals in a season. There is no question mark against Lukaku because he has done very well in this league before. He seems to be a different animal coming back. ”

Can Liverpool fight again?

Graeme Souness de Sky Sports :

“Liverpool will be there or thereabouts. The first four will fight to the end. I would go so far as to say that the title will not be decided in April and that it will go straight to the wire.

“They got Van Dijk back. Matip is a good partner for him, but can he stay in shape?

“I would love to see Liverpool spend a few bobs but they score goals for fun. It’s very easy to watch Liverpool and talk about the top three and say how special they were, but a lot of their great play came from their midfielder 3. But Wijnaldum is gone, Henderson is a year old. plus, Milner is one year old. I know they have good kids but I would like to see something else in the midfield. It will be a long and difficult season.

“Liverpool will not be far. “

Are Liverpool or Man Utd the most likely challengers?

“I can’t separate them. But I think Manchester United will be an improvement over last season and Liverpool need a midfielder as they will miss Wijnaldum.

“But to come back to Chelsea, they are serious. Lukaku is a signature guarantee and will bring them much closer to the title. “

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