Michael Carrick Proves he is the Main Man for United Again

Michael Carrick Proves he is the Main Man for United Again

Manchester United made light work of Bob Bradley's Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday which meant they finally capitalised on a few results that ended in their favour in Matchweek 11. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the likes of baccarat-squeeze.com had a high number of visitors from the Manchester area following the good mood that must have been in the air in the red half of Manchester. Jose Mourinho's United, following a disappointing defeat in Istanbul, …
Swansea vs Manchester United Preview | Stats, Team News & Key Men

Swansea vs Manchester United Preview | Stats, Team News & Key Men

Manchester United’s season has not gone according to the plan so far, with many lackluster performances deservedly shadowing the few good performances that they have put in. They go to Wales in search of form when they take on Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday. Coming on the back of a disheartening defeat at Fenerbahce in the Europa League mid-week, Mourinho’s men will be keen to reverse the trend to stop their slide down the footballing pecking order. Swansea, …
One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

“…Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.” – Johan Cruyff
Many football teams lay a great importance on quick passing and movement (one-touch passing), perhaps none more so than Barcelona, where the great Cruyff himself instilled this philosophy. In the Premier League, Arsenal are the biggest proponents of this philosophy but most others, including Liverpool – other than the six months under Hodgson, Manchester United, …
Ten Men Arsenal Hold Their Nerve Against Swansea

Ten Men Arsenal Hold Their Nerve Against Swansea

If Arsenal fans were wary with Swansea as their first opponents after the international break, they would have been more than a bit justified. The Welsh club had not lost at Emirates in last three outings, winning two and drawing one. In fact, it had been more than three years, since Arsenal had won a league match against Swansea and that was played at the Liberty Stadium. Fresh from a manager change and first Premier League team to be managed …
Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

“I told them, [get] the clean sheet, I buy everybody a pizza. I think they wait until I improve my offer, okay a pizza and a hot dog.” – Claudio Ranieri, Leicester Manager during their title-winning season Clean sheets are important. For Ranieri, they are important enough to throw in a hot dog along with his already generous offer of pizzas (which he actually treated his players to) as an incentive for his players to get one. For others such …
Arsenal vs Swansea City  Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Arsenal vs Swansea City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

High flying Arsenal welcome Swansea on matchday 8 of the Premier League in what promises to be a tough start to his stint at the helm of the Welsh club for Bob Bradley. The Gunners have shrugged off an indifferent start to the season by winning 5 league games on the trot and currently sit in the third spot, just 2 points short of the top spot. Swansea on the other hand, have endured a tough start to the season and …
Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Eyebrows were raised when Oliver Burke left Nottingham Forest in the summer for RB Leipzig for £13m. Recently, two ex-Premier League players: John Hartson and Jermaine Jenas suggested that the Scottish winger had only moved to the German Bundesliga newcomers for the money and questioned the role of his agent in the deal. Hartson cited the potential for Burke to have gone to West Brom or Sunderland instead of a team Hartson had never heard of. Hartson's apparent ignorance of European football …
Liverpool Show a Winning Resolve Against Swansea

Liverpool Show a Winning Resolve Against Swansea

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool left Swansea City's Liberty Stadium with more than just three points on Saturday lunchtime, they left with a sense of affirmation that perhaps, just perhaps, talk of them being genuine contenders this season might have some foundation to it. What the Reds showed in their narrow victory was an element of resolve rarely seen over the past few years, but something that is becoming more prevalent under the German's reign at Anfield. Liverpool are gradually becoming a …
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