I'm not worried about playing the big teams, never have been. Even at our lowest points, look at our record against the bigger teams in the league and we always show up. This isn't the problem with us, the problem, which has stood for nearly 20 years, is our inability to beat the lesser teams consistently , which points to one thing, poor attitude and big ego's.
Yes we play City at home second game, but you only get 3 points whether you beat Manchester City or West Brom. 3 points against West Brom first game is a must, anything against city is a bonus.
United are always around the top of the league because they very rarely loose points against the bottom six teams in the league home or away, and while it feels great to beat the big teams (which we actually usually do) , there are far more average teams in the league where you pick up most of your points, and it's about quantity, something i feel we've not really grasped in recent years. I think if Brendan can set the mentality of the team that every game is a top game, and our players don't slack off against the shite, we should be ok. If he can solve this problem with us, he's a genius, because so many have tried and failed.
A good pre-season is also vital this year. Having so many hard games so early in the season could be a blessing in disguise should be prepare properly. Would you rather play Manchester City when they're in full flow or when they're just finding their rhythm. If we have a good pre-season, make a few signings, who knows where we'll end up.
My end of season prediction: 5th.