With the Premier League season coming to an end, now seems like as good a time as ever to look forward and see which teams are in good shape heading into next season. There is still one trophy up for grabs, though, and if Manchester United were to beat Barcelona in the Champions League final at the end of the month, it would go down as a truly great achievement. Sir Alex Ferguson has won a fair few trophies in his time at Old Trafford, but would that trump them all?
Great times are surely waiting for United’s neighbours, Manchester City. City ended their 35 year wait for a trophy by defeating Stoke to lift the FA Cup, and if Roberto Mancini stays in charge at Eastlands, then the Italian will be looking to add to City’s trophy cabinet next season. Mancini’s men will not only be expected to challenge for the Premier League title, but having secured qualification for the Champions League, it will also be anticipated that they’ll do well in Europe, too.
Another Premier League side that look like they’re on the up are Liverpool. Kenny Dalglish has greatly transformed the fortunes of the Anfield club and there is a great sense of optimism on the red half of Merseyside. With Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez building a partnership up top, Raul Meireles and Maxi Rodriguez finding some form, Martin Kelly leading a host of impressive youngsters and Steven Gerrard to return from injury; Liverpool could be just a couple of signings away from great times once again.
One set of supporters who are desperate for great times to come again are Arsenal fans. The Gunners have gone yet another season without a trophy and the pressure continues to build on manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman can’t go many more seasons without winning some silverware for the Gunners, otherwise Arsenal might be forced into doing the unthinkable and giving Arsene his P45.
As we head into the off-season, there will be just a few weeks rest before players, managers and the ground staff get ready for yet another season. Great times are waiting for someone, but for who? We’ll just have to wait to find out, and while you’re waiting, you might just want to grab some buds…