Mourinho, Martial and an unbeaten United in pre-season

Mourinho, Martial and an unbeaten United in pre-season

Two of the biggest and most popular football clubs in the world - Real Madrid and Manchester United, engaged in a friendly bout in the States as a dress rehearsal for the European Super Cup encounter which is scheduled to take place in two weeks for the first piece of silverware of the season. The game ended 1-1 and the Reds somehow stumbled on to a win - through a frankly, comical penalty shootout - where seven out of ten …
Can Lacazette's Goals Bring Back the Glory Days for Arsenal?

Can Lacazette's Goals Bring Back the Glory Days for Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side have been left behind by their rivals in recent years when it comes to competing for the Premier League title. But now with the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, can the Gunners find themselves back on top of the pile come May next year?   The Frenchman arrives for a club record fee of £52 million, from French Ligue 1 side Lyon where he has played 275 games and scored 129 in all competitions. His style of …
Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Towards the end of last season, I came across the CIES Football Observatory’s rankings of the best players from the top 5 leagues in Europe. Dejan Lovren was rated the ninth-best centre-back in Europe, only behind Nicolas Otamendi in the Premier League. I wasn’t too far from putting my head through a wall when I read that. Similarly, Manchester City fans would have been bemused to see Otamendi at fourth in the list. I could see how Lovren made the …
Jordan Pickford to Everton: Toffees Get a Sweet Deal

Jordan Pickford to Everton: Toffees Get a Sweet Deal

There were very few things about Sunderland that were positive during the entire campaign in the 2016-17 season. From the outset, the team was abject, management uninspiring and outlook doomed. The few bright spots included their brave young fan Bradley Lowery’s presence at several of their games; his favourite player – Jermain Defoe and his goal scoring exploits in a lost cause, and equally futile – Jordan Pickford’s brilliant goal keeping, which combined with Defoe’s heroics in attack, dangled some …
Carrick, Title Charge and the Celebration of an Excellent Career

Carrick, Title Charge and the Celebration of an Excellent Career

A year on after Wayne Rooney's testimonial against his boyhood club Everton, 36-year old Michael Carrick will be honoured with a similar celebratory fixture, on the 4th of June at Old Trafford. The testimonial will see members of the famous 2008 side managed by Sir Alex Ferguson face a select group of distinguished colleagues handpicked by Carrick himself - masquerading under the name, Michael Carrick All Star XI. In addition to this being a great gesture by the club to acknowledge one …
Naby Keita - Where Would he fit in at Liverpool?

Naby Keita - Where Would he fit in at Liverpool?

Naby Keita has emerged as one of Liverpool's priority transfer targets over the last few months and their pursuit of the RB Leipzig midfielder is beginning to heat up. Goal report that the Reds are leading the chase for one of the hottest properties in European football, while the Mirror state that they are prepared to smash their transfer record to land the 22-year-old. That currently stands at £35 million, which they paid for Andy Carroll in January 2011. That was …
Win against Palace shows a glimpse of future at Old Trafford

Win against Palace shows a glimpse of future at Old Trafford

Manchester United won their final game of the Premier League at home against Crystal Palace - the sort of team they usually came up short against, over the course of the season, which has played a significant role in derailing their ambitions to at least finish in one of the Champions League positions. The Red Devils have, as a result, finished outside the safety net that is top four for the second successive campaign in a row - and below their …
Arsenal v Everton Preview | Team News, Key Players & Prediction

Arsenal v Everton Preview | Team News, Key Players & Prediction

On May 21st, Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates Stadium for the final match of the season.  Though the title and relegation races are already sewn up, the top four race is still up for grabs on the final day. After an appalling run of results of two wins in eight Premier League matches between January 31st and April 10th, Arsenal seemed all but out of the top four race. However, Arsenal have done what Arsenal do and kept themselves …
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