Hope is a dangerous weapon to wield and in football, it is truly a thing to marvel over cautiously.
After the manner in which Manchester United commenced their Premier League campaign by thrashing Chelsea 4-0, it is fair to say that hope is running high amongst their supporters.
Many may already be hoping that silverware will be assured this season, despite the fact that the opening minutes of the game at Old Trafford on Sunday did display poor quality from the Red Devils.
However, one former Manchester United player has exercised hope in an interesting manner.
Gary Neville, while speaking on the Sky Bet’s The Big Debate, made a strong claim about United’s chances at winning the Premier League.
He stated: “I can guarantee you as clear as day, Manchester United will win again. They’ll probably win the league before Liverpool, in my opinion. And that’s not being disrespectful, they’ll probably win the league before Liverpool. They’re more ripe, they’re closer than you think and it’s not as bad as you think. That’s always the way it is.”
While in the buildup to this utterance he did make valid points about the more recent trends in the League and the sort of mistakes the top six teams are prone to make, one can’t help but feel that the mention of Liverpool may be coming more from a position of a former Red Devils than that of a neutral pundit.
Neville went on to add a further prediction for the Merseyside giants: “And Liverpool, Salah’s going to leave in the next 12 months, I can see it already.”
Bold claims from the man, but certainly spoken like a true Manchester United player. The fact that Liverpool succeeded in lifting the Champions League title last season is also important to keep in mind. Will Neville’s words prove prophetic?