Five Things we Learned From Man United's Win Against Galatasaray

Five Things we Learned From Man United's Win Against Galatasaray

Manchester United traveled to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden to conclude what has been a miserable pre-season tour, by playing a friendly game against Turkish giants Galatasaray. The Red Devils looked to have shaken off fitness worries by making a quick start - thanks to a stunning opening goal from the man of the moment Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but found themselves behind as the half ended 2-1 in favour of Galatasaray. United came out a different side, literally and figuratively, scoring four goals …
Hodgson's England Keep It Blunt

Hodgson's England Keep It Blunt

I think I may have been one of the few not that impressed with England’s performance against Russia. ITV were ready to release a DVD box set of the game, whilst pundits got themselves hot under the collar with Roy Hodgson’s side. Although England started the game well, things quickly dropped off in the second half and they lacked any cutting edge. To compound a performance that rapidly lost energy, the substitutions, or lack of them, from Hodgson were extremely …
Sublime Payet sets the stage for the rest of the tournament

Sublime Payet sets the stage for the rest of the tournament

When Dimitri Payet came off the pitch, moments after scoring the gorgeous goal that gave France the 2-1 lead over Romania, he was not hiding his emotions. The West Ham attacker cried tears of joy after having provided the home fans a moment of unadulterated, unabashed joy. It was a goal he would have dreamt of scoring, at the grandest of stages, for his nation for whom he was on the fringes for so long. Payet almost didn't make it for …
Facile Win For Man Utd Guarantees Europa League Next Season

Facile Win For Man Utd Guarantees Europa League Next Season

There was no delay this time as Manchester United coasted to an easy win against Bournemouth as they sealed their berth in the Europa League next season. Ahead of what is their biggest fixture under Louis Van Gaal (and the final game, perhaps?) on Saturday, it was surprising to see the Dutchman field a strong eleven consisting of Martial, Rashford et al. Rooney started in his new role in midfield alongside Michael Carrick and did put in, what was arguably …
Defeat at Upton Park - Final Straw that gets Van Gaal the Sack?

Defeat at Upton Park - Final Straw that gets Van Gaal the Sack?

Manchester United fell way short of expectations in what was certainly an eventful encounter at Upton Park, right from when the team bus entered the stadium, or were not allowed to in today's case, to the final whistle and that saw an emotional crowd bidding farewell to one of England's hallowed stadiums in recent memory. It was a game, an opportunity handed to Manchester United on a platter to redeem their disappointing season thus far, by their neighbours and rivals …
Crucial Juan-Nil Win For Manchester United At Carrow Road

Crucial Juan-Nil Win For Manchester United At Carrow Road

Manchester United laboured to a rare away win, this time at relegation-threatened Norwich City thanks to a good finish from Juan Mata. The win took Louis Van Gaal's side closer to their rivals Manchester City, now only one behind with the latter set to play third placed Arsenal this weekend. It was another dire, uninspiring performance from the Red Devils where the stale nature of the way United played overshadowed what was, in context of the league, a hugely vital …
Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal - Europa League Match Report

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal - Europa League Match Report

It was another famous European night at Anfield as Jürgen Klopp incredibly guided Liverpool to the final of the Europa League in his first season in charge; something that would’ve seemed unimaginable when he took charge in October. There was no doubting how amped Klopp was for this game and his team matched his desire in this emphatic win. Liverpool were handed a huge boost before kick off with the return of Emre Can from injury and that positivity was …
United Warm Up Well for Wembley

United Warm Up Well for Wembley

It was a routine win against an ordinary side for Manchester United at Old Trafford. Yet, it is hard to remember the last time United enjoyed the amount of control on the way to a victory - so much so that David De Gea, usually in the thick of things in every result - good or bad, did not have to make a save that I can recall with admiration. The win took the Red Devils closer to their pursuit …
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