Manchester United are yet to finish outside of the top four in the Premier League in either of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first two full seasons as manager of the Red Devils and following the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, that statistic looks set to be safe for another season if the Old Trafford club carries on their trajectory, having finished third and second in the last two campaigns.
Villa are a club that are certainly on the up, despite their imminent sale of Jack Grealish to City, having agreed on deals to take Emiliano Buendia and Leon Bailey to Villa Park, and with many other high-quality Premier League players such as James Ward-Prowse of Southampton set to be on their radar, there is a good chance of them impressing once again.
It will be interesting to see how the likes of Brighton and Newcastle get on next season despite their contrasting styles of play. Brighton have never finished above 15th place in their time in the Premier League, despite playing some very attractive football, whilst the Magpies have only finished in the top half of the Premier League twice since the start of the 2012/13 season, of which both were 10th placed finishes under Alan Pardew in 2013/14 and Rafael Benitez in 2017/18.
Somebody that will certainly be a big miss for Newcastle in the upcoming campaign is Joe Willock, as the Arsenal man managed to score eight goals in 14 matches on loan at St James’ Park last season. The 22-year-old looks like he could be priced out of a return to the Toon due to high loan fees and a £22m buyout price.
West Ham managed to qualify for the Europa League against all odds last season under David Moyes and they will be starting the new season with a relatively similar squad that they finished last season with, although at present it looks unlikely that they will re-sign Jesse Lingard who managed 14 goal contributions in 16 league appearances. With the rigours of Thursday night football to go through and tight fixture scheduling, this season could be tougher than expected for the Hammers.
Watford come into the 2021/22 season as one of the favourites to be relegated. The Hornets are known for lacking stability, as in their last season in England’s top-flight they had four different managers. The Vicarage Road club have suffered three relegations in seven seasons in the Premier League and will do well to avoid the drop this time out if they carry on their managerial merry-go-round.