Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/16/13
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Manager David Moyes takes the reins of the Premier League’s most decorated team – returning champions Manchester United – from their legendary manager of over 26 years, Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils’ first test comes against a fiery Swansea side. Lead play-by-play voice Arlo White joins former Premier League star and four-time league champion Lee Dixon to call the 12:30 p.m. ET match.  White will be the the voice of Premier League match telecast this season; and former Premier League star back Dixon will be the game analyst. They both offered their thoughts on United this upcoming season. White: “Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, perhaps Arsenal, perhaps Spurs will be challenging for the title. But there are so many more subplots at play here that I think will interest the casual fan. When we start the education process if people are new to it — it’s the champions league spots finishing in the top four is worth millions of dollars to each team the following season. So that in itself is like a prize as Arsene Wenger has called it. And ((inaudible)) the trophy in recent years and you’ve got your opening sports that are up for grabs as well and then you’ve got the dreaded trapdoor of relegation. And if I were to put it to an American sports fan who perhaps likes baseball, “Can you imagine the New York Yankees having a terrible season one year and then being relegated to AAA?” That’s the specter that’s there for the teams that finish in the bottom three of the Premier League.” Arlo White on being inspired by Ryan Giggs: “I can speak as someone that visited the United States in 1986 to start with and then again I spent an extended period of time in 1991 and it was very, very hard indeed to get any sort of coverage of soccer on the television. I can remember actually 1991 being at my aunt and uncle’s house on the south side of Chicago and I was flipping through what seemed like an endless amount of television channels. I was somewhere in the 300s I think on cable TV and suddenly I saw a 17 year old Ryan Giggs thrashing in a volley from Manchester United against West Ham United and I was overjoyed that I managed to find this this little snippet of English football action. And it’s so ironic that 22 years later there’s every chance that I’ll be commenting on Manchester United and a team containing a 35 year olds Ryan Giggs and providing that as part of this unprecedented amount of coverage to the American market.” White’s predictions on Premier League season: “I say Manchester City to start to finish first — a hairsbreadth ahead of Chelsea. Manchester United not lagging as far behind as I think people are expecting — I think there’s still a strong core there — which can be added to of course before the transfer window closes. Then I think straight at back is Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs for that fourth spot. And maybe someone like a Swansea City come into that argument but very much on the outskirts of it and on that track I think one of the players to watch this year – and there are many exciting new signings – but Wilfried Bony — striker from Ivorian who’s come into Swansea. 31 goals in 30 games last year.” Lee Dixon’s prediction: “Manchester City seems to have done their business very early and I think that’s a benefit to them. But I think at the moment – and you see where United are placed with game so far with Rooney, with the new manager I think they’re slightly behind and I think they need to strengthen their midfield. So I would probably at the moment probably put Chelsea at top very close to Man City and United not far behind and then the others following. It depends as well what happens with Arsenal if they end up signing – if they make a big signing which Wenger has talked about.” Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) The post Manchester United kicks off NBC Sports PL, on-air talent weigh in appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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