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May 25, 2021
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    Manchester City were champions, Liverpool finished third and West Ham secured a spot in the Europa League.

    The 2020-21 Premier League season produced drama and surprises, but who impressed and who has work to do?

    And how did I fare with my pre-season predictions?

    Phil McNulty's predicted 2020-21 Premier League positions at a glance
    Position Club Position (cont) Club (cont)
    1 Liverpool 11 Leeds
    2 Manchester City 12 Newcastle United
    3 Chelsea 13 West Ham United
    4 Manchester United 14 Sheffield United
    5 Tottenham Hotspur 15 Aston Villa
    6 Arsenal 16 Burnley
    7 Everton 17 Brighton and Hove Albion
    8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 Crystal Palace
    9 Leicester City 19 West Bromwich Albion
    10 Southampton 20 Fulham

    Manchester City – 1st

    Normal service resumed with a third title in four seasons. The £65m signing of defender Ruben Dias from Benfica was a game-changer, seemingly curing defensive vulnerability at a stroke. The title was inevitable once they hit their stride before the turn of the year and recorded 21 successive wins in all competitions. Phil Foden has been outstanding and such was their squad strength even Raheem Sterling watched from the sidelines during the latter stages.

    The Carabao Cup was also won but the greatest glory may yet be to come as they prepare to face Chelsea in their first Champions League final.

    Is it farewell Sergio Aguero, welcome Harry Kane this summer?

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 2nd

    What McNulty said in September: "Phil Foden will emerge even more this season although David Silva will be missed. Runners-up again – and chance of the Champions League this time?"

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    Manchester United – 2nd

    Manchester United have unquestionably made progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and second place allied to a Europa League win, if they can overcome Villarreal in the final, will represent a successful season and that crucial first trophy for their manager.

    Strange side, though, that often left you wanting more. Superb away form has been allied to indifferent performances at Old Trafford and a Champions League exit from a very tough group was a serious disappointment.

    Bruno Fernandes has been outstanding while Edinson Cavani's enduring class will be around to help Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood develop next season. The addition of another quality striker would help, along with the pace out wide of someone like Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 4th

    What McNulty said in September: "Top four again but nowhere near champions."

    Liverpool – 3rd

    Liverpool's title defence was a non-starter once Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez suffered serious season-ending injuries.

    Add in long-term injuries to captain Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota, as well as the worst home sequence in the club's history when they lost six straight league games, and it is actually a small wonder they finished third and reached the Champions League.

    It is a tribute to manager and players that they showed the resolve of champions to win their last five league games and rescue something from the campaign.

    Liverpool's season, trophyless as it was, can only be described as a very qualified success but they made the best of a bad job – and who will forget keeper Alisson's priceless 95th-minute winner at West Brom?

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 1st

    What McNulty said in September: "Champions again – but this season will be very close."

    Liverpool celebrate after goalkeeper Alisson scores against West BromLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson scored a dramatic injury-time winner against West Brom

    Chelsea – 4th

    Chelsea were eighth when Thomas Tuchel succeeded sacked Frank Lampard in January so a place in next season's Champions League represents good early progress and there is still the possibility of claiming European club football's biggest prize when they face Manchester City in the final in Porto on Saturday.

    Victory would be huge for Tuchel and Chelsea and while they suffered a late wobble and needed Spurs to beat Leicester to reach the top four, it was job done in the end.

    Mason Mount has been a superb performer but more will be needed from Timo Werner next season, while Kai Havertz showed real touches of class. How they fare in Porto will shape how this season is viewed.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 3rd

    What McNulty said in September: "Not title winners but great bet for a cup."

    Leicester City – 5th

    Is Leicester City's season a success after they won the FA Cup for the first time in their history or a let-down because they faltered near the finishing line and missed out on Champions League football on the final day, as they did last season, because of a home defeat?

    There will be a mixture of emotions and the sense of missed opportunity but, when the pain subsides, an historic FA Cup win and fifth place in the Premier League must represent success for a Leicester City side that suffered its fair share of injuries.

    I am landing on the side of success because that FA Cup win will remain in the memories of Leicester City fans forever.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 9th

    What McNulty said in September: "The Foxes will bank on the creativity of James Maddison to help make them an attractive and dangerous side under manager Brendan Rodgers."

    West Ham United – 6th

    Superb season. Exceeded all reasonable expectations to reach the Europa League under outstanding management by David Moyes. He was the towering presence, with it all underpinned by smart signings such as Vladimir Coufal and Jesse Lingard on loan, plus the growing influence of Declan Rice. The Hammers could not quite sustain a top-four challenge but to even remain in contention for the Champions League for so long would have been unthinkable at the start of the season. Now Moyes must be fully supported and secured on a long-term contract.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 13th

    What McNulty said in September: "David Moyes seemed to have regained some of his old fire after returning to the Hammers for a second spell. If the Scot is allowed to get the defensive reinforcements he wants then a steady season may ensue."

    Tottenham – 7th

    Grim season partially rescued by a last-day win at Leicester City that sent Spurs into the inaugural Europa Conference League.

    Little else to shout about as Jose Mourinho's ill-starred reign ended with his sacking in April just days before the Carabao Cup final, which was lost to Manchester City, and even the shining star of the season, Harry Kane, looks set to head to pastures new in the summer.

    Kane is frustrated by a lack of success which leaves chairman Daniel Levy under pressure as he tries to find a new manager and cope with the discontent of the player and personality who has been a symbol for Spurs, while facing an increasingly unhappy fan base.

    Huge summer for Levy and Spurs after a grim and joyless season.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 5th

    What McNulty said in September: "I do not subscribe to the theory of Jose Mourinho as yesterday's man grasping for past glories. He will be determined to show he has still got what it takes."

    Arsenal – 8th

    Very disappointing season for the Gunners after the optimism of new manager Mikel Arteta winning the FA Cup. They will not be playing European football next season for the first time in 25 years.

    Tough times for a rookie manager who will be under pressure to deliver at the start of next season after a season that simply contained too many poor performances.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had a very indifferent campaign, the signing of Willian has been a dismal failure and Thomas Partey's injury problems mean he has not fulfilled his potential.

    Not all bad, though, as defender Kieran Tierney will be an outstanding future leader and young guns such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe point to a brighter future – but no escaping that it has been a season of rank underachievement.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 6th

    What McNulty said in September: "In contention for another cup and a decent run in the Europa League."

    Leeds United – 9th

    What a gloriously entertaining addition to the Premier League and a superb performance over the season. Marcelo Bielsa has done a fantastic job at Elland Road in producing a team that was entertaining every time you watched them and not just that, they delivered results and performances, which suggests they will be a future force.

    Recall even Leeds fans thought my pre-season prediction was optimistic. Turns out I actually underestimated them.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 11th

    What McNulty said in September: "Leeds will be great to watch. There may be bumps along the way but a welcome addition to the top flight."

    Leeds players celebrate scoring against Manchester CityLeeds picked up a memorable 2-1 away win over champions Manchester City in April

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    Everton – 10th

    Where do you start? Everton is a club never slow or shy of telling the world how right they get it off the field but supporters have every right to ask when they might actually deliver something on it.

    Everton, under Carlo Ancelotti, allied an outstanding away record to utterly wretched stuff at home to end in a league position that cannot be regarded as anything other than a disappointment.

    Big moments came such as winning at Liverpool for the first time since 1999 but then there were home losses to Newcastle United, Fulham and Sheffield United, among others.

    Too inconsistent and often close to unwatchable at Goodison Park. Shafts of light for the future in the outstanding signings Ben Godfrey, Everton's player of the season, and Abdoulaye Doucoure. Still too much deadwood and Ancelotti, who missed out on his target of European football, may well be spending big again this summer.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 7th

    What McNulty said in September: "If Everton's new players fire and Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin hit form then a slightly risky prediction (seventh) may come off."

    Aston Villa – 11th

    Villa went into a decline towards the end of the season, not helped by an injury to Jack Grealish, but make no mistake this was a huge improvement on surviving on the final day of the previous Premier League campaign. Real progress.

    Manager Dean Smith was heavily backed by his board and smart recruitment, especially in the shape of keeper Emiliano Martinez and striker Ollie Watkins, means there was plenty to admire this season. And who can forget that sensational 7-2 win over reigning champions Liverpool at Villa Park?

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 15th

    What McNulty said in September: "Smith has spent big on Ollie Watkins to solve a lack of goal threat. Many good judges believe the 24-year-old has what it takes to thrive in the Premier League."

    Newcastle United – 12th

    Steve Bruce continues to fight an uphill battle to win any friends on Tyneside but the bottom line is this is a solid finishing place for the Magpies.

    The criticism Bruce received was justified when they slipped out of the Carabao Cup horribly at Brentford and lost away to Sheffield United and particularly at Brighton in March, when it looked like they could go down after a 3-0 loss, but 12th is surely par for the course.

    Newcastle's fans are right to expect more but this centres more on owner Mike Ashley than Bruce and in his defence they looked a much more purposeful side when Callum Wilson and Alain Saint-Maximin were fit.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 12th

    What McNulty said in September: "Not expecting earth-shattering results but not expecting a struggle either – although this is Newcastle United remember."

    Wolverhampton Wanderers – 13th

    The end of the Nuno Espirito Santo era after his fine work took Wolves into the top flight and then brought successive seventh-place finishes. Nuno and Wolves just seemed to run out of road.

    He seemed to struggle to settle on the right system, although in his defence they were sixth in November when main striker Raul Jimenez suffered the fractured skull at Arsenal that ruled him out for the rest of the season. Diogo Jota was sorely missed and his expensive 18-year-old replacement, Fabio Silva, is very much a work in progress.

    Crucial summer under Nuno's successor. The return of Jimenez will be huge.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 8th

    What McNulty said in September: "I think Wolves will be challenging for Europe again, possibly helped by not having Europa League football. There will be plenty to admire at Molineux."

    Crystal Palace – 14th

    Farewell to Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace after another safe and solid Roy Hodgson season. What you see is what you get. Tipped them for relegation but should have known better under Hodgson.

    Organisation, hard work and no worries about bothering either the top or bottom end of the table.

    Now Hodgson has gone and Palace must choose their next direction under a new manager and with many players out of contract. Transition time at Selhurst Park.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 18th

    What McNulty said in September: "Just feel a little concern in my bones for Palace."

    Southampton – 15th

    Southampton faded badly after a bright start that saw them third after 13 games, running out of steam and momentum amid such optimism under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Saints did not have main man Danny Ings available for key periods but there will be a feeling of underachievement. Suffered a 9-0 humiliation for the second season in succession when losing at Manchester United in February but the big disappointment was a shockingly tame performance in the FA Cup semi-final loss to Leicester City.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 10th

    What McNulty said in September: "I have a feeling Saints might just have a very decent season."

    Brighton – 16th

    Lots of plaudits and praise for manager Graham Potter, whose work is admired by none other than Pep Guardiola, who labelled him "the best English manager right now", but Brighton's problems were not enough wins and not enough goals.

    Big victories at Leeds United and, in particular, Liverpool showed what they could do but it was too anxious for too long. Potter will hope for fewer worries next term as he plots the next stage of Brighton's development.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 17th

    What McNulty said in September: "I think they will have anxious times this season but will just stay up."

    Burnley – 17th

    Burnley dragged it out a bit but once again manager Sean Dyche kept them safe on limited resources.

    Struggled at Turf Moor but Dyche continues to get plenty out of his team without big budget luxuries, with Chris Wood's goals a precious commodity. This may change under Burnley's new American owners but it is still Dyche who holds it all together and is the most important figure at the club.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 16th

    What McNulty said in September: "I am pretty confident Burnley will avoid serious trouble once again under a manager who gets the best from his resources."

    Fulham – 18th

    Fulham improved after a start that made them look relegation certainties. However, a win at Liverpool was a rare exception for a team that played some nice football but had fatal flaws at both ends of the pitch. Scott Parker did many good things but not enough to keep Fulham up and they can have no complaints about their fate.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 20th

    What McNulty said in September: "This is said with a heavy heart but relegation."

    Scott Parker looks dejected as Fulham are relegated from the Premier LeagueFulham were relegated from the Premier League with three games to go

    West Bromwich Albion – 19th

    The club even Sam Allardyce could not save. The Baggies sacked Slaven Bilic, the man who took them up, in December and while they occasionally flickered into life – especially when they thrashed Chelsea 5-2 at Stamford Bridge in early April – they were simply not good enough to stay up.

    Allardyce did oversee an improvement as the season progressed but not enough to prevent the first Premier League relegation on his record. He is not staying so someone else will have to rebuild in the Championship.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 19th

    What McNulty said in September: "Bilic has time to put together a squad to ensure safety but needs some good work to avoid struggles."

    Sheffield United – 20th

    What a fall from grace for a club that did magnificently under manager Chris Wilder in their first season back in the Premier League to finish ninth.

    The Blades never recovered from a horrendous start, not winning a game until the 18th time of asking when they beat Newcastle United in mid-January. Wilder's own outstanding five-year spell in charge ended in March with relegation assured – the remarkable win at Old Trafford barely qualifying as a false dawn.

    The big-money gamble on young striker Rhian Brewster, bought for more than £20m from Liverpool, failed dismally as he did not register a single goal and Sheffield United's fate was sealed long before the end of the season. Back to the Championship for a reboot.

    McNulty's pre-season prediction: 14th

    What McNulty said in September: "Not sure the second season will bring such a high placing but still feel an outstanding manager will avoid any serious hazards."

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      Comment posted by Rainman72, at 08:59 24 May

      Here comes all the McNulty bashing. In fairness the guy openly states what his predictions were and what he said at the beginning of the season. Have any of his critics? Who had Sheffield U finishing bottom or West Ham doing as well as they did? I didn’t. Compare this with Lawrenson who competes against people who know nothing about football or make joke predictions to ensure he comes out on top.31934

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        Reply posted by Rainman72, at 09:04 24 May

        "Here comes all the McNulty bashing. In fairness the guy openly states what his predictions were and what he said at the beginning of the season. Have any of his critics? Who had Sheffield U finishing bottom or West Ham doing as well as they did? I didn’t. Compare this with Lawrenson who competes against people who know nothing about football or make joke predictions to ensure he comes out on top."Rainman72 replied: Plus these predictions are made at the beginning of the season when injuries and transfer window imports and exports are unknown. Compare this to Lawrenson’ table of weekly predictions!11612

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      Comment posted by Ivor Keyboard, at 09:27 24 May

      Leicester finished in the top 6 and won the FA Cup. But some people think they have failed due to poor results in the last 6 games or so.

      Whilst the end of season games were disappointing the overall season has to be considered a success.2308

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        Reply posted by Hitchens Razor, at 09:36 24 May

        "Leicester finished in the top 6 and won the FA Cup. But some people think they have failed due to poor results in the last 6 games or so.Whilst the end of season games were disappointing the overall season has to be considered a success."Hitchens Razor replied: Agree, short sightedness.371

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      Comment posted by cooperman, at 09:17 24 May

      “I’m landing on the side of success” for Leicester City. They won the FA Cup for the first time in their history and qualified for Europe. That is a seminal season. Well done Leicester.1683

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        Reply posted by jimbob, at 09:55 24 May

        "”I’m landing on the side of success” for Leicester City. They won the FA Cup for the first time in their history and qualified for Europe. That is a seminal season. Well done Leicester."jimbob replied: Well said. Read a few questions for Guardian Football Weekly Pod earlier on Twitter suggesting they had ‘bottled it’. What nonsense – more wins, points and a better goal difference than last year, plus an FA Cup win. They should be applauded and celebrated for distributing out the ‘greedy six’ and doing it in a way which can be viewed as a model for other aspiring clubs.803

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      Comment posted by DanQ22, at 09:04 24 May

      Please dont let Garth Crooks pick the teams of the week next season. If a player scored a tap in they made the cut. He he had the audacity to leave Allison out when he scored the goal against WBA. And Maguire and Rudiger in his team of the year.16922

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        Reply posted by Dixon CG, at 09:16 24 May

        "Please dont let Garth Crooks pick the teams of the week next season. If a player scored a tap in they made the cut. He he had the audacity to leave Allison out when he scored the goal against WBA. And Maguire and Rudiger in his team of the year."Dixon CG replied: Agreed. Crooks selections have been poor. As good a player as Cavani is/has been – how can you have a sub/bit part player in team of the season! Don’t get me started on Harry Maguire ahead of Stones12113

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      Comment posted by U17881151, at 09:02 24 May

      Just as well Lawro didn’t do his predictions.

      He would have had Liverpool as 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

      But still claim to be their “biggest critic”.14030

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        Reply posted by owboll, at 09:51 24 May

        "Just as well Lawro didn’t do his predictions.He would have had Liverpool as 1st, 2nd and 3rd.But still claim to be their “biggest critic”."owboll replied: I think Lawro’s predictions should be on the Liverpool website and not on the BBC. He predicts the results Liverpool wants or would suit the Liverpool cause.6027

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      Comment posted by M ALLAN, at 08:53 24 May

      Have to say Phil has done pretty well here!
      As a Leeds fan I remember saying back in August I said they were the hardest team to guess a position for. Well done Phil.1155

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        Reply posted by AndyB_MOT, at 09:25 24 May

        "Have to say Phil has done pretty well here!As a Leeds fan I remember saying back in August I said they were the hardest team to guess a position for. Well done Phil."AndyB_MOT replied: I’ve said all season I’d have been happy with 17th. We’ve been awesome.212

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      Comment posted by Nicholas, at 11:31 24 May

      all the plaudits should go to Leeds/West Ham. Both over achieved and exceeded expectations; both have honest managers with good football beliefs. Neither spent the season whinging about bad luck, nor did their fans wreck coaches.975

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        Reply posted by Uncle Ronnies Legs are Trombones, at 12:00 24 May

        "all the plaudits should go to Leeds/West Ham. Both over achieved and exceeded expectations; both have honest managers with good football beliefs. Neither spent the season whinging about bad luck, nor did their fans wreck coaches."Uncle Ronnies Legs are Trombones replied: Best comment of the thread.

        Armchair fanboys of the 4 richest clubs in the PL having bun fights about why this did or didn’t happen has comedy value but little else.344

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      Comment posted by Lupus, at 09:17 24 May

      Leeds the most impressive team for me, having retained most of their championship squad it was nice to see them give the big money boys a run for their money, expect them to kick on again without spending obscene amounts.876

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        Reply posted by Sirrantsalot, at 09:35 24 May

        "Leeds the most impressive team for me, having retained most of their championship squad it was nice to see them give the big money boys a run for their money, expect them to kick on again without spending obscene amounts."Sirrantsalot replied: Yes, hopefully they don’t do a Wolves and upset the balance with whoever they bring in.

        I think they definitely need a decent keeper. I know Meslier is young, but that looks like their weakest position. Could also do with a CF, for when Bamford is injured/suspended/out of form.726

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      Comment posted by LunchAnyone, at 08:59 24 May

      Spurs just terrible, Arsenal little progress, well done the Hammers, Moyes proved the home fans wrong, Newcastle-what do fans really expect? City amazing (£). OGS still not convinced. LovedLeeds.807

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        Reply posted by Oblomov, at 09:15 24 May

        "Spurs just terrible, Arsenal little progress, well done the Hammers, Moyes proved the home fans wrong, Newcastle-what do fans really expect? City amazing (£). OGS still not convinced. LovedLeeds."Oblomov replied: No home fans probably helped West Ham this season.708

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      Comment posted by WillH, at 08:55 24 May

      Really sad West Ham or Leicester couldn’t get into a champions league spot to mix things up. West Ham particularly were a surprise outfit this season. Maybe a points fine for the ESL teams should have been given for bringing the game into disrepute? (I’m a fan of one of those teams and would have gladly respected such a decision – so disappointed in my club)8519

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        Reply posted by Hello, at 09:04 24 May

        "Really sad West Ham or Leicester couldn’t get into a champions league spot to mix things up. West Ham particularly were a surprise outfit this season. Maybe a points fine for the ESL teams should have been given for bringing the game into disrepute? (I’m a fan of one of those teams and would have gladly respected such a decision – so disappointed in my club)"Hello replied: Agreed… and Liverpool defo didnt deserve that spot7683

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      Comment posted by peter g, at 09:23 24 May

      I love to see how fans react to their team’s performances, management, ownership etc. Despite all the money and hyperbole thrown out many fall below their fans’ ‘expectations’. I’m a Burnley fan, we know what we are getting (honesty, effort) and always chuffed to remain in the Premier league; still dream of a little more. Have loved watching Leeds, Villa and West Ham this season.642

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        Reply posted by Oblomov, at 09:33 24 May

        "I love to see how fans react to their team’s performances, management, ownership etc. Despite all the money and hyperbole thrown out many fall below their fans’ ‘expectations’. I’m a Burnley fan, we know what we are getting (honesty, effort) and always chuffed to remain in the Premier league; still dream of a little more. Have loved watching Leeds, Villa and West Ham this season."Oblomov replied: I really went off Burnley after their comments about how they shouldn’t financially help lower league teams. They were a lower league team once and they will be again.662

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      Comment posted by berty, at 09:37 24 May

      As a west ham fan i know 6th is incredible and obviously every season there are ifs and buts…. BUT, if Rice wasn’t injured and didn’t miss 6 crucial games in the run in i really think we’d have had at least 3 more points and would have been in that top 4.

      Ah well, 6th is a phenomenal season and i can’t wait for Europa607

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        Reply posted by Oblomov, at 09:41 24 May

        "As a west ham fan i know 6th is incredible and obviously every season there are ifs and buts…. BUT, if Rice wasn’t injured and didn’t miss 6 crucial games in the run in i really think we’d have had at least 3 more points and would have been in that top 4.Ah well, 6th is a phenomenal season and i can’t wait for Europa"Oblomov replied: West Ham ‘fans’ back again next season, though.1114

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      Comment posted by Mr truth, at 10:23 24 May

      Liverpool fan here, so no bias towards Chelsea. However, during the BBC live updates yesterday, Werner scored but it was disallowed for offside. After explaining this the BBC journalist typed ‘hahahaha’…….Care to explain BBC? You are supposed to be professional yet you employ trolls!!5511

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        Reply posted by no name no hame, at 10:25 24 May

        "Liverpool fan here, so no bias towards Chelsea. However, during the BBC live updates yesterday, Werner scored but it was disallowed for offside. After explaining this the BBC journalist typed ‘hahahaha’…….Care to explain BBC? You are supposed to be professional yet you employ trolls!!"no name no hame replied: BBC professional lol lol lol lol lol or hahahahahah

        get to the fringe festival this year you’ll kill it209

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      Comment posted by BiggyBear, at 09:33 24 May

      Villa did very well, at least when Grealish started. They actually beat 7 of the top 10 clubs.456

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        Reply posted by berty, at 09:38 24 May

        "Villa did very well, at least when Grealish started. They actually beat 7 of the top 10 clubs."berty replied: agreed it seems a bit understated in here. They were challenging top 4 pre Grealish injury and then had close to relegation form when he was out. Shows what a talent he is279

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      Comment posted by EU Have to be kidding, at 09:18 24 May

      Loved the predictions of Mark Lawrenson. The bloke just refused to accept the season West ham were having, please, please keep backing against us, or just retire and leave the sport to those who know the modern game.401

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        Reply posted by Born Again Idiot, at 16:54 24 May

        "Loved the predictions of Mark Lawrenson. The bloke just refused to accept the season West ham were having, please, please keep backing against us, or just retire and leave the sport to those who know the modern game."Born Again Idiot replied: The guy is a tool132

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      Comment posted by TheCynicalOne, at 09:07 24 May

      Happy as a Liverpool fan we were able to finish strongly. Work needed on the squad to compete with City next year. Well done Leicester for showing the so called big 6 how to run a football club and running two of them so close to a top 4 finish.393

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        Reply posted by bartmania88, at 10:22 24 May

        "Happy as a Liverpool fan we were able to finish strongly. Work needed on the squad to compete with City next year. Well done Leicester for showing the so called big 6 how to run a football club and running two of them so close to a top 4 finish."bartmania88 replied: you wont be competing again.1331

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      Comment posted by ColonelB, at 10:24 24 May

      Leeds had a great season. Proof that teams from the Championship can make an impact upon the Premier League.351

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        Reply posted by Johnny99, at 10:49 24 May

        "Leeds had a great season. Proof that teams from the Championship can make an impact upon the Premier League."Johnny99 replied: Newcastle United proved that years ago.116

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      Comment posted by John Jones, at 11:20 24 May

      i said liverpool wouldn’t win it and that the gap at the top would close as united’s form at the end of last season with fernandes was strong, city would come back stronger, and all i got was dopey scousers talking me down. they can look at the league table now and see how ‘right’ they were. liverpool aren’t disliked for their team but their arrogant supporters. worst in the league.5026

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        Reply posted by fair1, at 11:45 24 May

        "i said liverpool wouldn’t win it and that the gap at the top would close as united’s form at the end of last season with fernandes was strong, city would come back stronger, and all i got was dopey scousers talking me down. they can look at the league table now and see how ‘right’ they were. liverpool aren’t disliked for their team but their arrogant supporters. worst in the league."fair1 replied: Well done, give yourself a big pat on the back!.
        LFC didn’t win it, what a surprise! MU closed gap (well from 15 to 12 pts, but MU improved by 8 pts AND not down to dodgy decisions as MU get loads of them each season or is it? (ask Wolves or Fulham fans for the latest), how many pens in 3 seasons?)
        So bit early, but you going for MU title next season?1513

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      Comment posted by mikesmic, at 09:44 24 May

      Liverpool 30 points down on last season, and only finished top 4 due to their competitors’ collapse, and yet that’s a ‘qualified success’. Wild.4019

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        Reply posted by matt1985, at 12:17 24 May

        "Liverpool 30 points down on last season, and only finished top 4 due to their competitors’ collapse, and yet that’s a ‘qualified success’. Wild."matt1985 replied: But since no team has ever won all their games in a PL season, then many teams only finish where they do due to their competitors losing matches.103

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      Comment posted by One4All, at 09:53 24 May

      Gutting to lose Roy and Nuno from the Prem. They are what this league are about. Great managers and even better as people. MU fan.203

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        Reply posted by matt1985, at 12:14 24 May

        "Gutting to lose Roy and Nuno from the Prem. They are what this league are about. Great managers and even better as people. MU fan."matt1985 replied: Yes, they are. Good that we’ve gotten rid of Jose though.80

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