IT’S a while now since we delved into the world of the Premier League but desperate situations require desperate measures.
One might ask why I am writing about a competition that’s already well and truly sorted, Liverpool home and hosed as deserving champions. Though of course it’s all up in the air due to the Coronavirus crisis.
As a lifelong Manchester United supporter it cuts deeply to have to make that acknowledgement but facts are facts, Liverpool are miles better than the rest. In saying that, however, it must be said that the overall standard this season has been very poor.
The teams that you would be expecting to challenge at the top, Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal have been far too inconsistent and are simply not good enough.
Man City have lost games that they were confidently expected to win, they have lost three times this season to United, a United team that still has an awful lot to prove despite a recent run of positive results which has catapulted them into a challenging position for a Champions League spot next season.
All the other teams too have been losing too many games, games that they should be winning if they were to have realistic hopes of challenging for the title.
Spurs have been a huge let down although in mitigation the loss of Harry Kane and Son to injury and the departure of Christian Erikesen has been a massive blow.
Chelsea have not set the world on fire either and for every fine win that they achieved, there has been an equally disappointing loss Arsenal were a disaster under Unai Emery but it will be a different story under Arteta and he will deliver in time if given the opportunity.
Back to United, they are still an enigma. You simply don’t know what’s coming from one game to the next.
To be fair, the manager is starting to do things better and the signings that have come into the club are beginning to reap a richer dividend.
The most recent acquisition, Hernandez looks a real find and he has fitted superbly into the team, doing the job that Pogba was meant to do There has been talk that he’s prepared to commit his future to the team but his return to Old Trafford has not worked out at all and he seems to be able to do what suits him.
One way or the other and very soon a big decision is going to have to be made on his future, and, quite frankly, the best option might be to cut the losses and let him off.
In saying that, there are others too who need to be shown the door, Phil Jones and Lingard for starters.
But then again who is going to want them with the wages they are getting.
United are getting better but they are still short two or three more signings who want to play for the club and the Summer transfer window will be crucial.
The reason for some poor results by the top teams has been the poor standard of goalkeeping.
We saw last Wednesday with Liverpool in the Champions League loss to Athletico Madrid and the goals that they were gifted by Adrian It was a similar story in the recent Manchester derby, Edersen at fault for both of the United goals.
David De Gea has made some costly mistakes for United, Hugo Lloris for Tottenham and Jordan Pickford for Everton.
In the past, the Premiership was lauded for its excellence of goalkeeping, can that be said this season.
Right now, one of the best keepers in the Premier League is Sheffield Utd’s Dean Henderson and he’s on loan from Old Trafford. He is certainly England’s best goalkeeper right now and has to be in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the Euros, if they take place at all.
Things are just as interesting down at the basement as they are for the Champions League places. You could say that seven or eight teams are in the danger zone, maybe one or two more if results don’t go their way.
It does not look good for Norwich, cut adrift at the bottom while Aston Villa are deep in the mire as well.
Watford, under Nigel Pearson, have done fantastically well to put themselves in a position of avoiding the drop although they are still in deep bother.
West Ham are under the cosh too and David Moyes has to get them to a better level of consistency in the remaining 10 or 11 games.
On a more positive note, Roy Hodgson has worked the oracle again with Crystal Palace and the grand, old gentleman of the Premiership has to be saluted for the job he is doing at Selhurst Park.
When England lost to Iceland in the World Cup everybody said he was done but he has proved them all wrong.
Of course, nobody knows how it’s all going to pan out with the current health crisis and what will go ahead at all.
Aside from Liverpool and they are not the Invincibles that was suggested a few weeks ago, there are question marks about all the rest.
The recent results in the Champions League with Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea tells us that the Premier League is not what it’s cracked up to be But at the end of the day it’s Liverpool’s league and after a 30-year wait they will take that with open arms.