As the title says, these are 10 bold predictions for Manchester United in calendar year 2013. Some might be not such a surprise; most are contentious; all are based on logic. See what you think?
Sir Alex Ferguson keeps his cards close to his chest and likes to keep everyone guessing. How many times, for example, has anyone successfully predicted what his team will be for a given match?
Take yesterday's Manchester United programme notes for example. The Manager's Column began with the following words (via FIFA.com):
Don't hold your breath waiting for Manchester United to jump through the transfer window when it opens next week. If you believed everything you read in the media we would have the biggest squad in Europe, not to mention becoming bankrupt....
You can never say never in football because you don't know who might become available, but speaking generally I am not looking to do any serious transfer business in January. I don't have to because I'm more than satisfied with the players I have in my squad.
To be fair, Sir Alex doesn't usually make major signings in January because he doesn't believe there is value in the market at that time of year.
But that doesn't rule out signings next summer, nor even signings in January that will arrive next summer.
Not surprisingly, much of this article will be focused on possible personnel changes. Why? Because that's what fans most like to talk about at this time of year and also because there are ample reasons to believe changes could be made next summer.
So we'll start with the changes we believe to be most likely.