Graham Taylor: A Loss To The Game

Graham Taylor: A Loss To The Game

Last week saw the death of the former Watford, Aston Villa and Wolves manager Graham Taylor at the age of 72. Tributes – some of them downright hypocritical from the very paper who lampooned him when he was England manager – poured in throughout the football world. He will be mourned as a loss to the game. Graham Taylor was born in Worksop in 1944 and began playing professional football in 1962. His playing career was nothing to write home …
EFL Cup success for United would send out a warning to league rivals

EFL Cup success for United would send out a warning to league rivals

Manchester United put down a statement on Tuesday evening when they swept past Hull with ease to record a 2-0 lead in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final. They just have to finish off the job later this month and then they will have secured a place in the final at Wembley. It will be the club's first opportunity to win silverware this season and more significantly, it could be Jose Mourinho's first chance to lift a trophy …
Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton? How Would He Fit At Goodison Park

Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton? How Would He Fit At Goodison Park

Multiple media outlets have reported that Everton have agreed a fee in the range of £22m for 27 year old Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. Schneiderlin joined Manchester United from Southampton in the summer of 2015 for a reported fee of £24m.  He joined United when they were managed by Louis Van Gaal.  While some wanted him to play more, he made 25 Premier League starts in his first season at the club.  But Schneiderlin has found himself out of …
Are Tottenham serious challengers for the league title?

Are Tottenham serious challengers for the league title?

Tottenham have gone under the radar this season, after a poor October and November saw them lose ground in the league and get knocked out of the Champions League. This came as a surprise as many individuals under-performed and their 4-2-3-1 formation that had been successful began to falter. Their main problem was in attack, as they went through a period of scoring just four times in seven matches across all competitions after the side's victory over Manchester City. Although …
Man United vs Liverpool: The Stakes Have Never Been Higher

Man United vs Liverpool: The Stakes Have Never Been Higher

Man United Fans are beginning to believe again. Jerseys dusted off, pulled out from the back of the cupboard, worn with pride again. You cannot fault their swagger, momentum is definitely with them. The stakes are high come Sunday. Liverpool need to win to keep in touching distance of Chelsea while United need to win to keep close to the chasing pack. If Liverpool win, they open up an eight point gap on their fierce rivals.If the Devils win, they …
Middlesbrough Need Goals, and Fast

Middlesbrough Need Goals, and Fast

It was at the start of this season that I wrote about Middlesbrough and how I felt they stood a good chance of staying up in their first season back in the Premier League after an extended hiatus. Well, here we are, now half way through the campaign and Boro stand in reasonable stead to do just that. Under Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough have had a respectable campaign thus far; they have been resolute defensively and tough to break down. At this mid-point, …
Arsenal Show They Have the Character, But Go Out of the Title Race Nonetheless

Arsenal Show They Have the Character, But Go Out of the Title Race Nonetheless

Arsenal grabbed a draw against Bournemouth with a 92nd minute equalizer after facing a 3-0 deficit.  The Gunners showed great character to fight back, but their title hopes died at the Vitality Stadium. Realistically, Arsenal were already serious long shots to win the Premier League.  To have any chance at all they needed to win their next four games against Bournemouth, Swansea City, Burnley, and Watford.  Now they find themselves fifth in the table and eight points behind leaders Chelsea. …
Five Positives From Jose Mourinho's time at United so far

Five Positives From Jose Mourinho's time at United so far

It has been a positive start for Manchester United in 2017, pretty much picking up from where they left off in an impressive December, after winning their 6th Premier League game in a row at the London Stadium - coming through the festive period with maximum points and a bundle of confidence and could now turn the focus on to the cup competitions at least for the next ten days before they lock horns with arch rivals Liverpool at Old …
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