Manchester United Transfer Index: Antonio Valencia

Manchester United Transfer Index: Antonio Valencia

As part of my feature titled 'Manchester United Transfer Index', we will look at the future of Ecuador captain and veteran full-back Antonio Valencia at Old Trafford. Another season with Manchester United in the can for Valencia - who is now the longest-serving player at the club, now that Michael Carrick has retired from his playing duties. The former right-sided midfielder/full-back from Wigan joined Manchester United as a modest replacement to departing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009/10 - when …
Manchester United Transfer Index: Luke Shaw

Manchester United Transfer Index: Luke Shaw

As part of my weekly Manchester United transfer series, I decided to look at the career of Luke Shaw at Manchester United, the present and whether or not there is a future for the young Englishman at Old Trafford beyond the Summer of 2018. It is easy to forget some of the more simpler issues - amidst the whole argument surrounding United's Premier League season with it dividing opinion among the fans, progress versus the lack of entertainment, possibility of …
Manchester United Transfer Index: Matteo Darmian

Manchester United Transfer Index: Matteo Darmian

After looking at the future of Daley Blind in my first of the Transfer Index Series of articles, this week we will be evaluating the prospects of Italian Matteo Darmian staying at Old Trafford for the next season and beyond, under Jose Mourinho. When the Italian arrived from Torino for a reasonable fee under £15-million, there was a case for optimism for the supporters. This was Louis van Gaal making a shrewd acquisition in the Summer to address what had …
Lukaku's Lack of Goals at Manchester United - What's the issue?

Lukaku's Lack of Goals at Manchester United - What's the issue?

As Manchester United lost their second game in the last three - at St. James' Park, after a performance that was as non-cohesive as it can be, got them what they deserved, which is to say, nothing. Even looking past Jose Mourinho's strangely dubious record at Newcastle, the visitors' lack of conviction and attacking plan against a side fighting to stay in the league with their previous win coming in October, was quite alarming. It was not the first time …
Decoding Manchester United's Start to the Season - What Can They Achieve in 2017/18?

Decoding Manchester United's Start to the Season - What Can They Achieve in 2017/18?

The Premier League has taken another of those brief breaks, which provides us all with a window to reflect on how different clubs have fared so far in the opening seven games of the new season. As is always the case, some clubs have enjoyed great starts, some sketchy and unsure while a few other clubs have downright disappointed going into this second international break in October. Manchester United have had a very interestingly positive opening seven games in 2017/18. …
Rampant Rom Runs Riot as Confident United put Four Past Joe Hart

Rampant Rom Runs Riot as Confident United put Four Past Joe Hart

If ‘Philosophy’ was the buzzword for Manchester United under Louis van Gaal – ‘Confidence’ is winning the race under Mourinho so far. From first whistle to the last, the result was never really in doubt – but it’s rather hard to find what has changed from last season when in November – United drew 1-1 against Slaven Bilic’s West Ham despite peppering the goal 17 times and scoring once with a 5% conversion rate. On Sunday however, a very similar …
Matic's Arrival May Also be Good News for Fellaini

Matic's Arrival May Also be Good News for Fellaini

Despite strong rumours linking Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Turkish giants Galatasaray, the Belgian was every bit as driven for the Red Devils in the facile 3-0 win in Oslo, as he has been under Jose Mourinho last season. Fellaini scored the opening goal - which, in a way, showcased what the 28-year old could do in an advanced position when he is delivered quality balls inside the box. More often than not, they have ended in the back …
Why Frank de Boer could be destined to fail at Crystal Palace

Why Frank de Boer could be destined to fail at Crystal Palace

They very often say that the game of football is entrenched in tradition and it’s tradition itself that has hindered its progress over the years. It’s always wonderful to have something desirable to hark back on, but the borderline that separates evolution from tradition never blurs out when it actually must. And rightly so, Chris Anderson and David Sally open their book ‘The Numbers Game’ by criticising football’s tendency to never stop taking a dip into the primitive. It says: …
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