Bet I’m not alone in hoping Gareth Southgate takes a gamble on England’s wonder kid Ryan Sessegnon.
The left-footed Fulham star, who is the summer transfer target of the world’s top clubs including City AND United is an 8/1 shot at Betfred to make our final 23-man squad for the world cup in Russia.
Even if Fulham do get promoted, Sessegnon, who celebrates his 18th birthday next Saturday three days after hopefully getting the nod for the Three Lions provisional squad, will be off.
Why? Simply because money talks that’s why I’m tipping him to smash the transfer record for an English player currently held by Raheem Sterling at £50m when he went from Liverpool to City.
United I’m pleased to record are 3/1 joint-favourites to sign him along with Spurs while Liverpool are 5/1, City 10/1, PSG 16/1 – and we have Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea all at 25/1 to sign Sessegnon during the summer transfer window.
I was delighted to hear that Jose Mourinho does not feel finishing second to City in the Premier League is anything to celebrate – he’s absolutely spot on especially with such a huge points difference.
Jose is a born winner, his record proves that, so expect a clear-out of epic proportions at Old Trafford even if he lands the FA Cup next weekend. And don’t worry he will make decisions purely to get United back on top here and in Europe whoever he upsets.
The fact is only players capable of at least challenging to get into City’s starting eleven should be good enough for United – and sadly only our brilliant keeper David De Gea and Paul Pogba fit that bracket.
If there is no injection of quality at Old Trafford, then expect City to do it all again and they are already 8/13 to retain the title with United third favourites at 6/1 with Champions League finalists Liverpool 5/1.
Tomorrow the Premier League has its final round of fixtures – and unusually the top and bottom of the table is virtually sorted with the three promoted sides Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield all beating the odds to escape the relegation trap door.
Attention will soon enough switch to Russia 2018 and of course our chances. The truth is we’re a hard-working team with one true world class star in Harry Kane but at 16/1 a good bet. Germany and Brazil are joint 9/2 favourites at Betfred with my choice France 11/2, Spain 13/2, Argentina 9/1 – and increasingly fancied Belgium at 10/1.
Finally, I hope like me you were enthralled by the final of the Betfred World Snooker Championship.
United fan Mark Williams at 43 became the oldest winner since fellow Welshman Ray Reardon in 1978 when he defeated John Higgins in an 18-16 Sheffield thriller.
Williams – a 20/1 shot to win the famous Crucible event pre-tournament – didn’t even qualify for last year’s event but after Sunday’s dramatic final is 12/1 with us to retain the title…and he’s a 16/1 shot to be BBC Sports Personality of the Year, especially after his headline-grabbing antics fulfilling a pledge to go naked at his press conference if he picked up the £425,000 prize!