The Premier League started on Friday with Arsenal beating Crystal Palace 2-0. The actions continued on Saturday as Tottenham, Chelsea, Newcastle, Leeds United, and newly promoted side Bournemouth all recorded a win. The surprise result from Saturday’s run of matches was Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The Premier League match day 1 will continue on Sunday as Leicester City faces Brentford.
Erik Ten hag will manage his first competitive match for Manchester United in the Premier League against Brighton. Champions Manchester City will travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham.
The former Manchester United defender expects Manchester City and Liverpool to occupy the first and second positions. He also tipped Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United to pip Chelsea and Arsenal to a top-four finish.
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Speaking in an interview on William Hill, the Manchester United legend said: “I can’t look any further than Man City.
“Recruitment has been efficient and with [Erling] Haaland, they’ve got the best in the market.
“And [they’ve got] squad depth with someone like [Kalvin] Phillips as well. The only one I think will be a loss for them is [Raheem] Sterling, but I feel this season [Jack] Grealish will step up and become one of the main men.
“The top four will be Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs, and Manchester United, in that order.”
Rio Ferdinand added that selling Cristiano Ronaldo will be a huge blow for Manchester United as they will not get any striker that can score 20 to 24 goals in a season.
The former Manchester United and England international said: “People are saying you’ve got to let Ronaldo go… Well, get someone in who can score 24-25 goals first.
“Darwin Nunez has gone, Erling Haaland has gone and Robert Lewandowski has gone. They were the three players that you were thinking, “look these are the only ones that you were going to go for that will outright come into the Manchester United team immediately.”
“But they’re gone. So Manchester United can’t let Ronaldo go, they can’t. Even if he’s begging to go, they just can’t let him go. It’s not the right thing to do, I don’t think.
“If you let him go, you’re gambling on Anthony Martial, who’s never been consistent enough for Manchester United, who they would have let go for peanuts last season if there were any takers.
“He went to Sevilla and didn’t do it. Marcus Rashford hasn’t played properly for probably 18 months, maybe longer. Jadon Sancho last season didn’t hit the heights that United expected, Anthony Elanga’s a young kid…
“So, you’re looking at it and thinking, “who can we hang our hat on and say yes, he’s going to drag the others up?” Bruno Fernandes maybe, but he’s not a striker.
“It’s very easy for everybody to say, “you’ve got to get rid of Ronaldo, it’s a circus around him, he’s bringing too much attention…”
“He might be bringing a little bit more attention than the club wants, but the geezer guarantees goals every single season.”