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Personally, I don’t see Utd as any sort of benchmark…
We’re nowhere near that level as a team, let alone a squad. West Ham are our level so the games against them, Villa, Arsenal, maybe Spurs and Leicester are the ones I’m looking to as showing whether we’re truly among the best of the rest or little more than flat track bullies. Any points gained away at City, Liverpool, Utd, Chelsea are (very) unexpected bonuses.
Far from NSNO but that’s what happens when you spunk £35m on Iwobi, £45m on Sigurdsson, £30m on Keane, £27m on Tosun, another £50m on Walcott and Bolasie etc etc. None of that is Benitez’s doing so I’m judging him and this team in the context of where we are vs where we should be.
can only beat what's in front of you, granted, but United away next will be a more accurate barometer of our progress. Can we at least hold our own against a top 4 side away from home and probably without our best players?
West Ham after that should be interesting too.