Who's coming up to the Premier League for 2022/23?
A week on from the culmination of the 2021/22 Premier League season, the make-up of next year’s division is now set.
Nottingham Forest beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 in Sunday’s Championship play-off final to clinch the third and final promotion slot, with United loanee James Garner featuring prominently.
The East Midlands club join Fulham and Bournemouth in the top-flight, with relegated Burnley, Norwich City and Watford being replaced.
Here’s all you need to know about the three new Premier League clubs for 2022/23…
The Cottagers were formidable in clinching a third promotion from the Championship in five seasons, becoming the first second-tier club in 20 years to break the 100-goal barrier on their way to the title. Fulham beat Blackburn, Reading and Luton 7-0 and also recorded multiple 5-1 and 6-2 wins during a memorable campaign.
Star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic smashed the league’s scoring record, plundering 43 goals in 44 games, as Marco Silva’s side bounced back from a disappointing term in the Premier League, when they were relegated with games to spare. The trick now is proving they can hold their own among a higher calibre of teams: the capital club’s last three top-flight campaigns have ended with them four, 10 and 11 points from safety respectively.
Fulham and United became regular opponents when the Cottagers enjoyed a 13-year interrupted spell in the Premier League earlier this century.
Travelling Reds have always relished trips to the quaint Craven Cottage, located on the banks of the River Thames, and next season’s adventure south will be keenly anticipated after the 2020/21 fixture was played out behind closed doors – with Paul Pogba netting a stunning winner late on.
United v Fulham in the Premier League: P30 W21 D6 L3
The south-coast club appointed former Fulham boss Scott Parker as manager in the summer and started the Championship season strongly, winning 11 of their opening 15 games to sit top of the table by early November.
A poor run of form during the winter led to the Cherries dropping to third, with Blackburn Rovers briefly in the automatic promotion picture, but Parker’s strong squad – featuring many players with Premier League experience – soon recovered and eventually held off a late challenge from Forest for second place, beating them 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium in early May to regain their top-flight place, two seasons after losing it.
Had it not been for Mitrovic’s incredible feats, Dominic Solanke would have claimed more plaudits as he netted 29 goals. Midfielder Philip Billing was named in the Championship Team of the Season after registering 10 goals and 10 assists, while Lloyd Kelly also impressed at centre-back.
Bournemouth and United have played each other 10 times since the Cherries were promoted in 2015, following eight cup ties earlier in our history. A 4-1 victory at Old Trafford during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s spell as caretaker manager was probably the pick of the seven wins we have managed in those top-flight games.
United v Bournemouth in the Premier League: P10 W7 D1 L2
Two-time European Cup winners Forest are finally back in the big time, after 23 years away. It’s been a helter-skelter campaign for the Tricky Trees who, remarkably, were rock-bottom of the Championship when Steve Cooper replaced Chris Hughton as manager in September.
Cooper, highly rated following spells with England’s youth sides and Swansea, sparked a turnaround for the ages, with his young and dynamic team losing just six of the remaining 38 games to fly up the table. An automatic promotion spot was then in their hands until the penultimate game of the campaign, although that reverse to Bournemouth meant they had to settle for the play-offs. Goalkeeper Brice Samba was inspirational as Sheffield United were seen off on penalties in the semi-finals, before a tight final at Wembley was settled by an own goal from Huddersfield’s Levi Colwill.
Garner has caught the eye in midfield, scoring four and assisting 10 goals, while young right-back Djed Spence, who is loan from Middlesbrough, and Brennan Johnson could have plenty of suitors this summer.
United fans then can look forward to a first meeting with Forest since 1999, when we thrashed Ron Atkinson’s relegation-bound side 8-1 at the City Ground, with substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring an incredible four goals in 12 minutes!
United v Forest in the Premier League: P10 W7 D2 L1
Don’t miss the Premier League fixtures announcement at 09:00 BST on Thursday 16 June, to find out when United will face Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest next season.