Goalkeepers are notoriously a little 'out there' but Rob Green's Premier League top four predictions have left even the most open-minded fans with gaping jaws.
Ahead of the new campaign, the BBC asked 23 of their TV and radio pundits to name who they thought would be in the Champions League spaces come the end of the 2022/23 season.
Of the 23 pundits, all of them reckon Manchester City and Liverpool will seal the top two spots … except Green, who's ambitiously tipped Manchester United to pip Jurgen Klopp's side to second, in spite of the Red Devil's chaotic pre-season.
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"I would very much like what Rob Green has had for breakfast please," one person tweeted after clocking the predictions, to which a second user responded: "He's a keeper, they are all mad." Another person commented: "Even as a United fan that is madness, 3rd is a best case scenario."
There's a smidge of optimism around Old Trafford at the moment given Erik ten Hag's arrival, but of the six 'big' teams gunning for the top four, United have arguably had the worst summer break – strong pre-season results aside.
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Their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has turned into an awkward 'mate, stop texting her, she isn't interested' kind of situation, while Cristiano Ronaldo's graceful (*sarcasm*) attempts to escape the horrors of playing in the Europa League have loomed over the club like a fabulously well-groomed raincloud for two whole months.
Perhaps Green sees something the rest of us don't!
Scouring the predictions as a whole, Pep Guardiola's City were tipped to win the title by 13 pundits, with Klopp's Liverpool getting the nod from the other 10. Tottenham were the favourite shout for third, while Chelsea were picked marginally more than Arsenal.
Aside from Green, only Dion Dublin and Nedum Onuoha were brave (or foolish) enough to back United to make the Champions League spots, though both predicted a slightly more sane fourth-place finish for Ten Hag's side.
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