Manchester United legend Neville was asked to make seven predictions at the start of the season but his five tips have failed as the Premier League campaign progresses
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Gary Neville has been made to look stupid after five times Premier League predictions have backfired since he made them at the start of the season.
The Manchester United The legend was asked to name who he thinks will win the tournament, finish in the top 4, come out on top, outperform, finish as top scorer, be the standout youngster and be the winner. people worth seeing.
He named City of Manchester as the champion, a prediction that will of course come true with Pep Guardiola’s army leads the league with six points.
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But the former United captain won’t want to look back at his other predictions, starting with Everton are overdoers.
“I don’t like the idea of the former Liverpool manager going to Goodison Park. But I have no doubt what he will do as a performance,” Neville told Sky Sports in August.
“He’s going to get a lot of good results for them and I think that’s already started.”
Instead, Everton have had one of their worst campaigns, sacking Rafa Benitez in January and now just one point and one place above the relegation zone.
That is in stark contrast to Neville’s belief in August that Mikel Arteta’s squad was missing something.
“Currently, I’m worried about equipping the team, it just doesn’t feel right. It’s not just because the first two games, something went wrong,” he said.
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“They also have a young coach who has a big job ahead of them but I just think something is still missing. It can be messy and shabby and a horrible little season. ”
The decision to choose Romelu Lukaku as top scorer also backfired, with the Belgian now just 36 years old. order in the rankings with just five hits.
Neville admitted that it was a triple penalty shootout between Mohamed Salah, who is leading the race for the golden boot, Lukaku and Harry Kane, who is fifth.
Predictions of Kai Havertz as a standout young talent now also look bleak, with the German failing to meet Neville’s needs.
“I think Havertz is up a level but I also think he’s level three, I think he’s going to level four and actually level five,” Neville said in August.
“I think he can become a great player. When he’s fueled his body and he’s going to make it and he’s going to get stronger, he’s already a great runner. ”
Havertz has struggled to earn a place in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI instead, having scored just four goals and provided just two assists in the Premier League.
Raphael Varane, who Neville called someone to keep an eye on, also struggled during game time, though that was due to injury.
But even so, the Frenchman didn’t live up to Neville’s predictions about how he might build a partnership with Harry Maguire at United.
“I want to see what Varane can do for Manchester United. Every United fan is like that. They are very curious to know how Varane, this great player, World Cup winner, countless Champions Leagues,” he said.
“He has been one of the best central defenders in world football over the last five or six years with Ramos.
“To see how he can build a partnership with Maguire, I think for me I’d take Paul Pogba off the table to see.”
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