Former Manchester United players Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves reckoned the Red Devils would win TEN straight games at one point in the season.
Shortly after Ralf Rangnick was appointed caretaker manager, United had a positive run of games on the horizon.
In early December, Ferdinand and Hargreaves boldly forecast 30 points maximum from the next 10 Prem games, with none of the “Big Six” on the immediate game plan list.
Looking at a graphic of the club’s upcoming games, which included relegated Norwich and Burnley, as well as the likes of Southampton and Brentford, Ferdinand looked confident.
He told BT Sport: “You look at it and you think ‘wow, there aren’t many that would scare you or put you on your backfoot’.
“I think he is [Ralf Rangnick] has to go into this thinking: ‘wow, if we get through that in Southampton we should be in a really good position’.”
Then Hargreaves went through the list, ticking them off one by one, saying, “This is win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win. I mean, it should be.”
Moderator Jake Humphrey asked the question “Thirty points?” to which Hargeaves replied “Yes, no seriously”, while Ferdinand chimed in “You would hope so”.
The Brentford and Brighton games were postponed due to Covid-19 but overall United picked up 19 points from their 10 games.
The home loss to Wolves was the only loss of the 10th season.
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Norwich, Brentford, Brighton, Burnley and West Ham were all beaten but the Red Devils could only muster draws against Southampton, Aston Villa and a point in the second leg against Burnley.
But that was during the relatively promising early part of Rangnick’s tenure.
And then everything seemed to fall apart.
In the end, United won just 16 Prem games all season.
From the period between Ferdinand and Hargreaves’ confident predictions and the end of the season, the club accumulated just 34 points in their remaining 23 games.
So if the 10 marked games are taken out, the club accumulated a meager 15 points from the 13 remaining games not on the list.
The Red Devils eventually ended the dismal season with 58 points – the lowest total in Premier League history.
West Ham’s defeat by Brighton on the final day meant sixth place.
But it’s still a long way from the brazen predictions made by Ferdinand and Hargreaves, who assumed they would collect more than half of their final points within 10 games.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5402059/rio-ferdinand-owen-hargreaves-man-utd-predictions/ Man Utd’s confident predictions of Ferdinand and Hargreaves come back to bite them after predicting TEN straight wins