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Monday, 23 May 2011

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Will United's bubble burst?

As the curtain came down on the 2010/11 Premier League season yesterday, with Manchester United crowned champions for the 19th time, speculation has already started on how next season will pan out, and it's come as a huge surprise to many that the Reds are next year's favourites for relegation.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men closed the campaign with a 4-2 victory over Blackpool, which saw the Seasiders demoted after just one season in the top flight, but the big news was that bookmakers William Hill have offered odds of 2-1 that United will join them at the end of next season.

There has been much talk at Old Trafford about whether or not Sir Alex can hold his squad together, and the retirements of goaltender Edwin van der Sar and United icon, Sir Gary Neville, are sure to weaken the Reds' squad, but others, such as Nani, Anderson and Chicarito have indicated a desire to leave for teams in Europe.

Talisman Ryan Giggs is nearing his 'sell by' date, and the Wayne Rooney 'shadow of doubt' refuses to go away.

In short, United look doomed.

Ferguson knows this, and is expected to retire from his position in the next few weeks, possibly even after the Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday.

That would be something, wouldn't it?

Other traditional footballing giants, such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, could also be relegated with United, if things don't go their way.

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