I'm not making this thread to compare the PL as a whole with other leagues, just to look at the long term outlook of the big PL clubs. At present we have the "big 6", but what are the long term prospects of the big 6 actually competing for the league title 6-7 years down the line. Lets break it down for each club. Manchester City- The defending champions and it wouldn't surprise anybody if they go on to successfully defend their title. They have a fantastic manager, a well established structure and perhaps most importantly, a bottomless pit of money. Their owners are not in it to solely make a monetary profit and barring some unforseen scandal, its hard to see them leaving the club anytime soon. They have a young core with the likes of Sane, Sterling, Jesus, Laporte, Stones and well supplemented by players like De Bruyne, Walker and Bernardo Silva who have years left in front of them. They also have the potential to match any club in the transfer market should the need arise. Its hard to forsee them not regularly competing for titles in the coming 6-7 years. Liverpool- The current leaders and under Klopp they have a fantastic team at present. But the shadow of not having won the league for almost 3 decades looms large over them. Its also important to point out that in the last 20 years they have had 6 managers, (making it an average tenure of over 3 years per manager) and yet have actually come close to winning the league only on 3 occasions so far -2002,2009 and 2014, implying that they give managers a lot of time to build teams without demanding instant success and have historically accepted a finish in the PL top 4 as a good season. In terms of financial clout they cannot really compete with the Manchester clubs and it is not inconceivable for European powerhouses like Real or Barca to take their best players (Coutinho and Suarez being recent examples). They seem to have a bright 2-3 years ahead but further long term there are doubts over their ability to consistently win league titles. Chelsea- Ever since Roman Abramovich's takeover they have been a consistent force at the top of the PL. They always have the potential to mess up a managerial appointment and one bad season is enough to get you sacked, but their club structure ensures that they are able to immediately challenge for titles under the correct management. But it is also a fact that since 2013, their net spend has gone down significantly and they no longer wield the same power in the transfer market as they did in the first decade of Roman's ownership of the club. They have a fantastic youth system but their problems in integrating those players in the first team are well documented. They are perhaps the hardest club to make a long term prediction about, but you have to think that as long as Roman is at the helm, Chelsea will always be there or thereabouts. Arsenal- Taking their first steps in the post-Wenger era, they are exactly where you would have expected them to be under Arsene at this stage of the season, fighting for a spot in the top 4. Of course its going to take time for the club to develop a post-Wenger identity but there are issues that go beyond the manager. For all their talk about having money in the bank, its been a long time since Arsenal made a statement signing that wasn't a big Spanish club's cast-off. Their inability to hold onto their top players even from their PL competitors is a massive issue. Due to these reasons it is hard to expect Arsenal to be able to attract the absolute top players or managers to the club and makes the prospect of them adding to their 3 PL titles a grim one. Tottenham- Under Pochettino they have built one of the most consistent teams in the PL of the last 3-4 years. But consistency isn't always all good though, as though you can be sure about their ability to finish in the high end of the table but you can be equally certain that they won't be lifting the trophy in May. Their new stadium is undoubtedly going to be a positive factor in the long run, but you have to question how much will it hamper their already limited ability to shop at the high end of the transfer market? Levy is a tough negotiator and hence you can expect them to hold on to their key talents, but there are massive doubts over their ability to get new ones who are of the highest level. The recent contract situation with Alderweireld and Erikson highlight its not going to be easy to hold onto top players if you don't win trophies. Their lack of trophies in comparison to the clubs they are competing against is also a tick in the negative column when it comes to attracting the best players. Manchester United- No matter which way you put it, who you blame, be it the owners or managers or players, the last 5.5 years have been hugely underwhelming in terms of on field results. But the fact remains that despite this Man Utd remain the only club who can challenge City in terms of financial clout. Perhaps the only major super club in England, the Manchester United brand remains untarnished so far by underwhelming results as evidenced by their record revenues and their ability to attract top players. But they cannot hide the fact that nearly all of the big name signings have fluctuated between underwhelming and outright disastrous. 3 managerial sackings in 5 years does not paint a pretty picture. Still with the huge resources at their disposal its hard to make a case for Utd continually getting things wrong, with the correct management, they have the ability to turn things around quickly and start winning stuff (it must be pointed out that even in the Post-Fergie years Utd have still continued picking trophies here and there). So what can we conclude from this? I'd say if we're looking at 6-7 years into the future its hard to argue against a Manchester domination of the PL. The resources these 2 clubs have at their disposal dwarf pretty much all of their competitors (except perhaps Chelsea). For all the talk of the PL being the most competitive league in the world, only 6 clubs have ever won it. 2 out of the supposed "big 6" have never won it and one hasn't won it for 15 years. Predicting the future is never linear, but taking historical and the present patterns and resources, are we looking at a Real or Barca like hegemony upon the PL title by the Manchester clubs? Of course, we never know about the future, some rich billionaire could buy Newcastle tomorrow and they start challenging, but looking at the way things are and the way they have gone what are your thoughts on the long term outlook of the "Big 6" in the PL?