As was the case at the start of the season, Manchester City fans are the most hopeful. Back in August, the Citizens supporters hit a score of 9.24 of optimism on a scale of 1-10, which was higher than any other club as only champions Liverpool scored a 9.04.
Since August, City have moved to the top of the table with an 11-point gap on their neighbours, whilst they won an extraordinary 21 games on the bounce in all competitions. As a result of their record-breaking run, the optimism of City fans has increased to 9.35 and it seems the blue side of Manchester are already preparing for their title celebrations.
On the other hand, Manchester United have moved down from fifth to seventh, with a score of 7.90 in August. The club hit the statistically best form out of any club in the league throughout Project Restart, and after a bit of a slump in 2021, they have now registered a 7.03 on the Fan Hope score.
At the start of the season, Liverpool fans were arguably the most optimistic they've been before any season as they entered the campaign as defending champions. In August, they sat just behind City on the Fan Hope table with a 9.04 tally and now, after losing a staggering six on the bounce at Anfield, fans have come crashing down with a 6.32 score, moving the club from second into ninth.
With Liverpool fans fearing the worst and City followers with their feet up waiting for the title, the research also revealed that an incredible 44% of United fans still feel they’re in the title race, despite the 11-point gap.