Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

When I was writing about Davy Klaassen’s transfer to Everton from Ajax, someone suggested that I should also see whether his transfer is going to be a hit like Suarez or a flop like Janssen.  I thought it was a good idea and decided to look at the transfers in detail. While predicting whether Klaassen will be a Suarez or a Janssen is not possible for me but we can look at the trends and characteristics of transfers from different …
Familiar Scoreline sees Man United through to an Unfamiliar Fixture

Familiar Scoreline sees Man United through to an Unfamiliar Fixture

Manchester United drew 1-1 at Old Trafford for the 12th time in 2016/17 - although only on this occasion, the scoreline was actually enough for the Red Devils to reach the seventh European final in their history. In isolation, it was another poor display from Mourinho's men at home where their inability to win football matches has been well documented this campaign. Utterly dominated by the 12th placed side in La Liga both in terms of possession and clear-cut chances …
Fellaini, Romero and the Romance of the Europa League

Fellaini, Romero and the Romance of the Europa League

Manchester United are through to the last eight of another European competition. The Red Devils, despite all the 'obstacles' came away with a 1-0 victory which will be remembered for a long time for reasons plenty, with the result itself not being one of them. United went into the game with a bit of suspicion in their minds planted by a rather dangerously slender advantage via the away goal they had scored in Russia. Mourinho started the game with a …
Mourinho's Defensive Midfield Options at Manchester United

Mourinho's Defensive Midfield Options at Manchester United

With the January transfer window approaching, clubs in the English Premier League will look to tinker their respective squads - be it adding depth or getting rid of deadwood and free up the wage bill for the Summer in order to give themselves a fighting chance to achieve what they want to achieve in the second half of the campaign. Manchester United, for the first time in a few years, do experience having a surplus of requirements in the middle of …
Manchester United vs Stoke City Preview - Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United vs Stoke City Preview - Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City have endured a tough start to the season, having failed to win in their first 6 games of the season. Currently sitting in the relegation zone at the 19th spot, the Potters, who have been renowned for their defensive muscle over the last few years have already shipped 15 goals in the league and their defensive miseries do not seem be parting ways with them. They travel to Manchester United on Sunday in a bid to reverse the …
Jose Mourinho to Sell Players, But Who?

Jose Mourinho to Sell Players, But Who?

Earlier this week a report surfaced that new Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, would be looking at clearing the deadwood and undertaking a much needed overhaul of the United squad. We take a quick look at the players whose futures could be in doubt and who could be on their way out of Old Trafford. Sam Johnstone Playing time will be limited for the young keeper, and the emergence of Joel Pereira means we can afford to let him go. …
John Stones - Big Decision to Make?

John Stones - Big Decision to Make?

Everton are facing a mass exodus this summer, with John Stones and Romulu Lukaku the most likely to depart after the club failed to qualify for European football. The Sunday Express reports that the former is a priority target for the new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, while the Mail on Sunday suggests Barcelona are set to make a £25m offer for the defender. He had a disappointing campaign and was partially to blame for the club's poor defensive showings. …
Have Manchester United Finally Come Out Of Hiding?

Have Manchester United Finally Come Out Of Hiding?

One can be forgiven for struggling to believe what was going on at Old Trafford when Manchester United managed to put two goals past Stoke City inside the first 45 minutes after a dozen games without scoring at home in the Premier League. A dozen halves at Old Trafford without registering a goal - six full games, in theory, whichever way we look at it, Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United typifies mediocrity and cowardice for most of this campaign. The …
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