Man United Swept by a Tidal Wave of Optimism under Mourinho

Man United Swept by a Tidal Wave of Optimism under Mourinho

If there is one thing that is absolutely certain with football, it is change. Not long ago were Manchester United facing some serious questions about an identity that was supposedly lost - both on and off the pitch, particularly the reaction to the 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge ranged from panicked frenzy to a foregone conclusion that Jose Mourinho's days as a world class manager were coming to a screeching halt. Fast forward to Christmas, United may not have actually climbed …
Why Mourinho Can Redeem Himself with Anthony Martial

Why Mourinho Can Redeem Himself with Anthony Martial

It was September the 12th. Manchester United versus Liverpool. A 20-year old Frenchman barely off the plane from Monaco made his debut at Old Trafford as a substitute. What a waste of money, chuckled the press and fairly so for a largely unknown youngster costing close to €50m, it was inevitable. The game ended 3-1 and Martial scored the third goal from wide left, turning Skrtel twice in the process to slot the ball home with the ruthlessness of a …
Mata: The Special Juan in United's season thus far

Mata: The Special Juan in United's season thus far

Jose Mourinho, for whatever reason, didn't rate Juan Mata as an important part of his (then) future plans at Chelsea and he was eventually sold to Manchester United. The dramatic irony lies in the fact that Mourinho too would not be part of the future plans of Chelsea, while Mata would go on to regularly excel in a team struggling to truly recover from the retirement of Alex Ferguson, and eventually be one of the few shining lights in Jose's current chapter at Old …
The Depay Dilemma: Should Man United Loan him to Everton?

The Depay Dilemma: Should Man United Loan him to Everton?

Part of what makes sane football fans hate international breaks besides the dour nature of football are the transfer window rumors which seem to run particularly rife in November with only six weeks to go for the Winter window to open. For Manchester United, it has been a mixed break where some of their players have caught the eye, while others have had the much needed rest with no serious injuries yet. Paul Pogba's French side got through their tough …
Things are falling into place for Mourinho, but not for United fans

Things are falling into place for Mourinho, but not for United fans

The look of contentment that crossed Jose Mourinho face after the game at Anfield concluded, was nullified by a sense of achievement- that he had got what he came for. His comments after the game suggested both, apart from how the new Manchester United manager had turned the tables around when people were counting the Red Devils out before a ball was kicked. The game was a tactical one, as both sides afforded too much respect to each other. Jurgen …
Luke Shaw & Chris Smalling: Manchester United’s defensive rocks

Luke Shaw & Chris Smalling: Manchester United’s defensive rocks

Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw have brought solidity to the Manchester United defence and the England internationals could be vital to the club’s success this season. Manchester United’s search for a new league title could be on track this season with Jose Mourinho’s return to the Premier League likely to provide trophies. The former Chelsea boss has been given the task of taking the Reds from a transition period to title contenders and he’s had a busy summer preparing the …
Right Back Position Is Antonio Valencia's To Lose

Right Back Position Is Antonio Valencia's To Lose

Last season Manchester United fans were excited by the arrival of Matteo Darmian in July. He cost them £12.7m but it seemed like an astute signing. The former Torino defender promised to bring consistency and pace to the club and under Louis Van Gaal's guidance it was hard to see why he wouldn't be a good fit. Putting together a combined XI for Liverpool and Manchester United for example, wasn't an easy choice to choose between Nathaniel Clyne and Darmian …
How important is it for David Moyes to do well at Sunderland?

How important is it for David Moyes to do well at Sunderland?

The former Everton and Manchester United boss has been given a second chance as Sam Allardyce’s replacement but how important is it for him to be successful? Moyes was once a respected Premier League manager during his time at Goodison Park and he spent 11 years with the Blues, developing, shaping and guiding Everton to a top-ten finish in the league every season. He was renowned for his ability to bring the best out of quite average players and was …
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