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, 2011/12, 2012/13, 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.
- 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
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Tottenham Hotspur
- Swansea City
- Stoke City
- Crystal Palace
- Winners: Real Madrid
- Runners-up: Barcelona
- Schalke 04
- Manchester City
Player of the Season
- Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
Young Player of the Season
- Memphis Depay, Manchester United
- Dick Advocaat, Sunderland
- Quique Flores, Watford
- Jose Mourinho, Chelsea