When the world of football learnt of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, immediate thoughts were the question of who will be the poor manager to replace the Scot, who will leave huge boots to fill with expectation and success.
Without a doubt, whoever the replacement will be, United’s side won’t play with the resilience and discipline Fergie’s teams’ regularly played with. This may be a positive move for the Premier League, blowing the competition for the title wide open.
With Chelsea set to appoint a new manager once Rafa Benitez’ interim spell comes to a conclusion, they will be one of the front runners for the title with the new boss and Roman Abramovich likely to spend in the summer.
Whether Man City stick with Roberto Mancini or make a change, they are likely to spend highly this summer as are Arsenal too.
This summer also seems to be the one where Arsene Wenger may finally make full use of his transfer war-chest and will look for his first Premier League title since the Invincibles’ winning class of 2004.
Tottenham will be looking to step up another level after hovering in and around the Champions League places this year and Andre Villas-Boas’ side isn't far away from a squad capable of competing, especially if they keep hot-property forward Gareth Bale.
If bookies favourite David Moyes takes the reigns at Old Trafford, he may bring Leighton Baines and Marrouane Fellaini with him which will no doubt strengthen the Premier League champions’ squad, along with the addition of January signing Wilfried Zaha.
Another side that could also make a comeback to the Premier League top four, and maybe even challenge for the title, is Liverpool.
If Brendan Rogers retains and strengthens his squad, which is rapidly improving and warming to his football philosophy, they could also be a threat to could-be ex-Merseyside villain Moyes and his United team.
Whilst the Premier League may be saying farewell to an all time great, there could well be shouts of good riddance from rival fans who may fancy their team’s chances in years to come.