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Supercomputer predicts where United will finish the season, fans will be surprised

Manchester United will finish outside the top four this season, according to the ultimate football predictor machine.

 

As reported in The Daily Star, FiveThirtyEight are the brains behind the supercomputer, which has predicted where every club will finish this season.

United are predicted to miss out on Champions League football, finishing the season in fifth position.

Current league leaders, Arsenal, are given just a 14% chance of hanging on to top spot, with champions Manchester City expected to retain their crown.

 

Arsenal are expected to finish runners-up, with Liverpool and Chelsea making up the top four, respectively.

Tottenham are predicted to complete the top six, with Newcastle, who have started the season well, in seventh. Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth and Wolves are expected to go down.

United have been handed a 3% chance of overhauling Arsenal and City to win the league in Ten Hag’s first season.

Despite being placed in fifth, United have been given a 45% chance of sneaking a top four place, with Chelsea just above them thanks to a predicted 47% shot at securing a Champions League place.

The 2% difference shows just how tight the fight for the top four places will be, with the top seven sides vying to finish the season in the coveted first four positions.

 

Erik Ten Hag will take solace from bouncing back from the disastrous start to the season, securing wins against Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs, with a creditable point at Stamford Bridge earned last time out.

Additionally, United have played the majority of their opening 12 games against teams in the top half of the table and will be expecting to gather more points against the lower ranked teams.

Ten Hag will be targeting maximum points in United’s remaining three Premier League fixtures before the World Cup break, starting today at home to West Ham. Aston Villa at home and a trip to Fulham make up the final games in the pre-tournament schedule.

Fred hits back at Robbie Savage and Paul Scholes over Antony criticism

 

As Manchester United prepare to face West Ham in the Premier League this afternoon, the battle rages on over a 720 degree turn with the ball performed by Antony against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday.

The trick, which was followed by a poor pass that went out into touch, was greeted with huge criticism in the BT Sport studio at half time by pundits and former United players Paul Scholes and Robbie Savage.

 

Scholes labelled Antony a “clown” while Savage said it was “embarrassing”.

The former Leicester man has continued his criticism in The Mirror, saying “I do wonder if Antony would have attempted his party trick if he had been answerable to the likes of Roy Keane or Gary Neville, let alone Sir Alex Ferguson, in the Old Trafford dressing room.

“When have you ever seen Cristiano Ronaldo … do that at 0-0 in a must-win game?

“When have you ever seen Lionel Messi do what Antony did? Show me the evidence, and if I’m wrong I’ll hold my hand up.”

United boss Erik ten Hag and Brazil teammate Neymar have both defended Antony, with the manager saying the trick drew defenders to Antony, so the move was “functional”.

 

Antony himself said “We [Brazilians] are known for our art and I will not stop doing what has brought me to where I am.”

Teammate for club and country, Fred, also found himself being quizzed about it and was also quick to defend the winger.

“Brazilians have quality in their blood. It’s always been that way since Pelé, to have quality, to dribble, to score, to dance, to smile, “ he told ESPN Brasil via Sport Witness.

“So I think people have to understand this aspect that we have. So it wasn’t offensive to anyone what he did.

“It’s his game. I think he has to keep doing it.

“You want to do a spin that he likes to do, you have to do it. Dance, you can dance.

“And I think people have to stop talking on television there, wanting to pull up a subject.”

“In their countries they don’t have players of the same quality who do that.

“I think it’s very annoying that they want to say that. Them wanting to gloat over Brazil’s players.”

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