Phil McNulty's Premier League end-of-season report and manager ratings

Manchester City

This is the first time in his career that Pep Guardiola has won 100 points in a single season as manager McNulty's pre-season prediction:  Champions - City's attacking riches are already in place and look for Gabriel Jesus to emerge as a Premier League superstar this season. This makes them champions. Managerial mark: Pep Guardiola 9/10


Chelsea lost 10 league games this season, compared to five in Antonio Conte's first season in charge. McNulty's pre-season prediction: 2nd - No title but a very good shout for a cup. Managerial mark: Antonio Conte 5/10

Manchester United

Manchester United won all 21 of their Premier League matches this season when they scored first, only the second team to achieve this in a Premier League season (also Portsmouth in 2007-08)

McNulty's pre-season prediction: 3rd - United and Mourinho will be under pressure to offer a serious title challenge and I expect them to do so. Managerial mark: Jose Mourinho 7/10


Liverpool remained unbeaten at home in a top-flight season for the seventh time in their history, more than any other side has managed. McNulty's pre-season prediction: 4th - Mohamed Salah's arrival from Roma offers even more pace and movement to an attack rich in those qualities. Managerial mark: Jurgen Klopp 7/10 (9/10 if Liverpool win the Champions League)


Arsene Wenger's final record with the Gunners is W707 D280 L248. McNulty's pre-season prediction: 5th - Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year deal and the French manager will want to make a fast start to ensure there is a feel-good mood around Arsenal. Managerial mark: Arsene Wenger 5/10


Harry kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). McNulty's pre-season prediction: 6th - Spurs have proved an outstanding team over the past two seasons but have yet to win a trophy… I will not be surprised in the slightest if Spurs defy this current placing but one or two questions to be answered at this stage of the summer. Managerial mark: Mauricio Pochettino 7/10


Sam Allardyce lost his 200th Premier League game in the final-day defeat to West Ham, becoming only the second manager to do so (Harry Redknapp, 238 defeats). McNulty's pre-season prediction: 7th - Do not expect them to finish any lower than last season (7th) but may need a couple more transfer windows to infiltrate the top six. Managerial mark: Ronald Koeman 3/10, Sam Allardyce 5/10

West Ham

Marko Arnautovic didn't score in his first 13 games for West Ham - but then scored 11 in 22 with David Moyes having switched him to centre-forward. McNulty's pre-season prediction: 8th - Javier Hernandez, goal poacher par excellence, may yet prove to be a masterstroke while Marko Arnautovic is a talented wildcard. Cause for cautious optimism. Managerial mark: Slaven Bilic 3/10, David Moyes 5/10


Since his Premier League debut in August 2014, Jamie Vardy has scored 26 goals against the 'big-six' sides - six more than any other player during this period (Sergio Aguero, 20) McNulty's pre-season prediction: 9th - Leicester City looked much more like the side that won the Premier League after Craig Shakespeare took command from sacked Claudio Ranieri - but will full command be different to temporary charge for a talented coach? Managerial mark: Craig Shakespeare 3/10, Claude Puel 5/10


Bournemouth have picked up a divisional-high 21 points from losing positions this season. McNulty's pre-season prediction: 10th - Bournemouth and Howe are growing together and I expect that to be reflected in another good season of consolidation. Managerial mark: Eddie Howe 6/10.  

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