DANNY MURPHY: My TEN Football Predictions For 2020

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This year brought [/sport/teampages/manchester-city.html Manchester City]'s historic Treble, [/sport/teampages/liverpool.html Liverpool]'s incredible run to the Champions League and the [/sport/premierleague/index.html Premier League] return of [/sport/jose_mourinho/index.html Jose Mourinho] and Carlo Ancelotti.
So, what's in store for 2020?

Sportsmail columnist DANNY MURPHY makes his top 10 forecasts...
  1.
JADON SANCHO BREAKS BRITISH TRANSFER RECORD
Jadon Sancho's statistics for a teenager are out of this world, particularly when talented young wingers sometimes struggle with an end product.
He has already scored 12 goals for Borussia Dortmund this season, plus a couple more for England.

He has won 11 caps and I can see him moving from the Bundesliga to either Chelsea or Manchester United in 2020. The fee will surpass the current record of £89million for Paul Pogba and I can't see Dortmund turning that down.
Frank Lampard has spoken about wanting someone who can provide the X-factor of an Eden Hazard.
Sancho could do that.
Jadon Sancho will be on the move next summer and I can him breaking the British record
The Englishman could be the man to provide the quality that Frank Lampard needs at Chelsea
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2. JACK GREALISH IS GARETH SOUTHGATE'S WILD CARD
Most of England's Euro 2020 squad is already decided in the manager's mind but there is always one late outsider and Aston Villa's uncapped Jack Grealish is going to be next year's version.
The way Grealish is playing makes him impossible to leave out.

Southgate is spoilt for choice with young, talented midfield players but Grealish offers a unique option whether playing on the left or dictating games at No 10.
The comparison in style to Gazza is fair; he was a relatively late addition into England's starting team before Italia '90 and look what he achieved.
Jack Grealish is very much like Paul Gascoigne and should be an option for Gareth Southgate
  3.

LEEDS UNITED BACK WHERE THEY BELONG
Leeds have been outside the Premier League for 15 years. There have been many false dawns but they will win promotion under Marcelo Bielsa this time. He will have learned the lessons from last season when they ran out of puff and were KO'd in the play-offs.
They are a club that will light up the Premier League.

One of my fondest away-day memories was going to Elland Road because of the atmosphere.
This Leeds team play in a way to excite the fans. They go after teams with intensity and produce some tremendous stuff. A couple of injuries knocked them back last season. 
I don't see Bielsa making the same mistakes again. He will pace his players and, from August, they will be playing the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal on an equal billing.
Leeds United have been starved of top flight football for so long but that could change in 2020
  4.

VAR IS GONE
OK, this may be a fervent wish as much as a forecast but I do think there is genuine disquiet within the higher echelons about how it is affecting the game.
VAR has caused too much confusion and negativity, it clears some things up but not others at the expense of the euphoric moment of scoring a goal or saving a penalty, as Wolves found out on Friday night.
VAR has been so controversial this season and I think we could see it leave the English game
Once fans start chanting against it on live television, the stakeholders will know something isn't working. 
I've heard so many managers coming round to my way of thinking: that the downside of VAR outweighs the positives. 
And that is the view of managers, whether the latest decision has gone for or against them.
It'll be a big call to abandon VAR pending further investigation but we know from experience that if 20 Premier League chairmen decide something at their summer meeting, it usually happens.
The farce at Molineux on Friday lead to fans chanting against it and a decision may be made
  5.

AU REVOIR TO PAUL POGBA
Paul Pogba is Manchester United's best player and I can see why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to keep him. But when a saga drags on and on, it has only one ending, as it did with Luis Suarez going to Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo leaving for Real Madrid.
At 26 years old, Pogba will not want to wait any longer to play for a properly established top team.
To miss out on the Champions League again when you are wanted by Real and Juventus will be too much. Pogba has wonderful qualities — we have seen glimpses in his last couple of cameos — but this season has been a write-off. 
The fans haven't seen World Cup winner Paul often enough and they are becoming impatient.

It is best it is resolved one way or another and it will be with le grand depart.
At 26 years of age, I can see Paul Pogba pushing for the exit door from Manchester United
  6.

BELGIUM'S GOLDEN GENERATION WIN EURO 2020
This is the last chance for Romelu Lukaku, Hazard and this great group of Belgian players to win a major title.
I was wowed by Belgium at the last World Cup.

I was in the stadium to see them beat Brazil in one of the great games and I was there for the semi-final. France edged it 1-0 but they were hanging on for dear life.
Belgium came so close at the last World Cup and are just too good to not win anything 
Belgium were brilliant and if they had won the semi they would have had enough to beat Croatia in the final. 
So this is their big chance and, despite playing Russia and Denmark away in their group games, their squad is good enough and in form.
Lukaku has had his confidence restored at Inter Milan, Hazard has suffered injuries at Real Madrid but he is the sort of player who can come in fresh.

And everyone knows what I think of Kevin de Bruyne — the best player in the Premier League. 
The back-ups aren't bad either: Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Thibaut Courtois, Dries Mertens, Youri Tielemans. This is their time.
  7.
SADIO MANE, PLAYER OF THE YEAR
There have been some outstanding performers this season: De Bruyne; Jamie Vardy; Virgil van Dijk. But Liverpool have been so dominant as a team, the individual award has to go to one of their players and Mane is the man who has regularly made the difference for Jurgen Klopp.

He has been phenomenal and hardly misses games despite appearing all year round, including summer tournaments.
Mane has scored nine times and set up six more goals in the Premier League. Against Everton in the Merseyside derby this month he scored and assisted twice more in the first half alone.
He is quick, maristar.net strong, brave and direct and the number of headed goals he scores for someone his size is seriously impressive.

He'll continue in the same vein and, if I know my fellow professionals, he will land the PFA gong this year.
Liverpool star Sadio Mane will be crowned PFA Player of the Year in 2020, in my opinion
  8.

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD JUDE BELLINGHAM IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
I speak to a lot of people within football and there is always caution in my head when I'm told about the next big thing. But the buzz around Birmingham City's precocious midfielder is so strong, I will be surprised if he isn't at a top-flight club within the year.
He has the lot as a midfield player.
He is cultured like Michael Carrick but also likes to burst forward and grab a goal. He has already played 20 first-team games and he only turned 16 in June. He has beaten Trevor Francis' record as the youngest ever Blues player and was the EFL Young Player of the Month for November.
It looks a no-brainer for someone to sign him.

He's physically mature for his age and for once the hype around a youngster looks justified.
Jude Bellingham looks as though he could be the next star to come out of the lower leagues
  9.

POCHETTINO STAYS IN ENGLAND
Mauricio Pochettino has plenty of credit left in the bank despite losing his job at Spurs. He is well-liked, improves players and has a long-term vision for clubs which suits chairmen financially.
We don't know where the big managerial vacancies will occur but, when they do, Pochettino will be at the front of the queue.
He is in a strong position and can pick his next country.

I'm sure he will have plenty of offers from Spain but he loved the football here and he'll be prepared to be patient and see what comes up in the Premier League. Something will.
Mauricio Pochettino is highly sought after across Europe but I see him returning to England
  10.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, LIVERPOOL ARE CHAMPIONS!
I know this isn't the boldest prediction but please indulge me. I was a 13-year-old kid standing on the Kop the last time Liverpool won the title — and I've been waiting ever since.
There have been extremely good Liverpool teams since then and I've played with some real greats such as Steven Gerrard but this team has an incredible mixture of talent and resilience.
Since I was 13 I have waited for Liverpool to win the league and that will finally happen in 2020
To get beaten in two consecutive European finals and come back and win the third is amazing. 
To finish second with 97 points last season and then start this campaign with 17 wins and a draw beggars belief.
They have an incredible appetite and togetherness and focus to concentrate on the next match while the fans might be getting a little excited.
I backed them last season and they would have been champions but for Manchester City winning their last 14 games — astonishing in itself.

This time Liverpool have their noses in front, convincingly. They won't let it slip.
Jurgen Klopp's side have an incredible hunger and togetherness and they won't let it slip
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