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5 arguments from fans and pundits that look insane in hindsight

  • Football is a tricky sport to predict. Here are five arguments from fans and pundits that didn't exactly prove to be the truth.
Scott Newman
SENIOR ANALYST
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Modified 30 Apr 2018, 02:45 IST

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Like any sport, football often throws up curveballs that make predictions seem absolutely useless.

At the end of the day, nobody’s got a crystal ball that can perfectly predict the future, but sometimes, of course, predictions do come true and arguments are proven to be correct.

On the other hand, at times we’ve seen things play out on the pitch that makes some of the arguments put forward by fans and pundits alike look ridiculous in hindsight.

Here are five of the best arguments that simply look terrible when you look back.


#1 Memphis Depay is better than Roberto Firmino

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In the summer of 2015, both Manchester United and Liverpool were looking to strengthen their squads by adding a quick-footed attacker with the ability to both score and create goals.

Both sides were linked primarily with two players – Brazil’s Roberto Firmino, who was at Hoffenheim, and Holland’s Memphis Depay, who played for PSV.

Initially, United were said to be in for the former, Liverpool the latter.

Of course, that got switched around and Firmino moved to Anfield while Memphis headed to Old Trafford.

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The Dutchman was slightly more expensive at £42m compared to Firmino’s £30m, but outside of this it appeared that both men were of a similar age and ability – Depay had scored more goals in 2014/15, but that could’ve been put down to the lower level of Holland’s Eredivsie compared to the German Bundesliga.

To listen to United fans at the time though, you’d have thought they’d signed Pele while Liverpool had picked up a Championship player.

Some of the more comical tweets from United fans included “LOL @ Liverpool fans who think Firmino is better than Memphis”, “Magic Memphis, I’m glad Firmino said no” and “Firmino was compared to Memphis...yeah and a Corsa is a Lamborghini”.

Of course, things didn’t quite play out like that. Memphis by anyone’s standards was terrible at United – he scored just two league goals in 29 Premier League appearances in 2015/16 and was then packed off to Lyon by Jose Mourinho the season after.

Firmino meanwhile hit the ground running at Liverpool, has scored and assisted in bagfuls of goals and is now part of one of the most feared strike forces in world football – and he’s also likely to star in the Champions League final next month – meaning those United fans probably wish they could get rid of those tweets now.


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Published 30 Apr 2018, 02:45 IST
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