This season sees Manchester City start as the Champions of England. It still hurts many United fans to hear that but they have to soldier on. I think it's clear that the top two will be contested between Manchester. I think Chelsea will be there until after Christmas but I can see them dropping off by Easter.
So if Chelsea take third, who will take the illusive fourth place and that illustrious Champions League spot?
Arsenal are always up there. When they lost Nasri people were writing them off. When they lost Fabregas people were writing them off. Oh look now they've lost van Persie people are writing them off. It's too dangerous to do this with Arsenal. "In Arsene We Trust" and damn right they should. Time and time again Arsene Wenger losses top players but makes it into the Champions League.
Tottenham were unlucky not to be in the Champions League this season. However the loss of Harry Redknapp and with Modric on the way out, I can't see Spurs contesting for fourth place. I think the Europa League is the best that they can play for. But you never know in football.
On Sunday The Sunday Times ran story on the back page stating that Sir Alex Ferguson is to retire in two years-time. It stated that Ferguson wants to go out on a high and by signing Robin van Persie, it'll give him the power to beat City to the title.
Now this isn't the first time that we've heard stories about Ferguson's retirement plans. Every year a newspaper or a website publishes an article stating that the greatest manager in football will step down. This year is no different, well except that he's one year older of cause.
Now to argue how much The Sunday Times knows about Ferguson's plans is like asking an orphan who their parents are. They probably don't have a clue and their article belongs in the trash. However this football and with football you get rumours and with rumours you debate.
So if Ferguson is to end his prolonged stint at United, who will replace him?
Brendan Rodgers took the Liverpool job after Kenny Dalglish failed to achieve his targets at Anfield. The "unsackable" was sacked and Rodgers took the Reds' post.
Rodgers was given the job after a fantastic season in the Premier League with Swansea. He played free flowing football which impressed everyone across the nation. Now people are wondering if he can bring that football to Swansea and become a successful manager.
Rodgers' first act of call was to bring in Fabio Borini from Roma. Borini has previously played under Rodgers at Swansea and in the Chelsea youth set-up. The Italian will bring instant youth to Liverpool and he'll give them much needed options upfront.
Swansea's Xavi, Joe Allen, was the next man to follow Rodgers into Anfield. Allen manages to keep the ball very well and plays everything so simply. His performances last season gave him a starting place in Team GB's set-up at London 2012 and now it's given him a dream move to Liverpool. He'll certainly link up the play between the defence and attack; something that was missing last season.
Yesterday Manchester United purchased Arsenal's star striker Robin van Persie. He was categorically known as the best striker of last season thanks to his match saving goals for the Gunners. However last season Manchester City held the accolade of having the best strike force in the league.
So now United have purchased RvP, which Manchester club has the better strike force?
Manchester United: Rooney, van Persie, Hernandez, Welbeck, and Berbatov
Wayne Rooney is said to be the best striker in England. Although he may not get the goal return of a typical centre forward, he gives the team much more. He doesn't play the classic number nine role and normally sits behind in the playmaker, number ten role. Sometimes Rooney can also play a lot deeper in the "Scholes" role. Ferguson and Rooney have both said he might adapt to this role in the future as age creeps up on him.
Racism is seen as the last taboo in football. Along with homophobia, racism maintains a seat in the darker side of the football world.
We all dip into stereotyping at some stage of our lives. However is stereotyping in football more racist than the equivalent in everyday life?
Park Ji-Sung signed for Manchester United in 2005. The South Korean was often used in the "big" or "major" games because of his work ethic. At times this work ethic overshadowed his natural ability. Many labelled him as a "work horse" and was only used because he "ran for 90 minutes". This assumption has since become a stereotype for not just South Korean but Asian players.
Now some would argue that it's because a good work ethic is drilled into them as kids. But surely they're not all built in this way. It's just another cliché that naïve football fans use to pretend that they know how most Korean or Japanese play. For example, non-existent fans of Serie A football seem to say that Yuto Nagatomo has a good work ethic and he doesn't stop running. This is nothing but a fixed on stereotype because of the rise of players such as Park.