Goals, Golden Boot and the Race for Europe

Goals, Golden Boot and the Race for Europe

2016/17 has been a campaign littered with bright patches of high quality football, plenty of goals and teams in the top seven places going toe to toe in the rat race to win the pot of money that comes with qualifying for the next edition of the Champions League. It should not come as a surprise, given the influx of managerial talent, the new 5.1 billion TV deal, that has brought with it an assemblage of superstar footballers attracted by astronomical wages. …
Why Luke Shaw Should Not Be Left-Back at Manchester United

Why Luke Shaw Should Not Be Left-Back at Manchester United

It's an interesting period in the season, especially if you are associated with Manchester United in any way, shape or form. United are the only side in England still competing on all four fronts - with the highest active unbeaten run in all competitions. Jose Mourinho after early promise and an October lull has had his Manchester United click into gear and the performances and results have been consistently solid, if not spectacular. Part of that has been Mourinho's own …
Manchester United v Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

It's the big one. Very rarely have we seen the two powerhouses of English football in fine fettle at the same period and this meeting at Old Trafford may be one of those select few times we will bear witness to that. Manchester United are simply on a sensational run. Nine wins on the spin and fifteen games unbeaten, Mourinho has finally found the right balance and ingredients for success at his new club. They go into this game on …
Man United vs Liverpool: The Stakes Have Never Been Higher

Man United vs Liverpool: The Stakes Have Never Been Higher

Man United Fans are beginning to believe again. Jerseys dusted off, pulled out from the back of the cupboard, worn with pride again. You cannot fault their swagger, momentum is definitely with them. The stakes are high come Sunday. Liverpool need to win to keep in touching distance of Chelsea while United need to win to keep close to the chasing pack. If Liverpool win, they open up an eight point gap on their fierce rivals.If the Devils win, they …
Is Man City's Stellar Start Down To Guardiola Or The Fixture List?

Is Man City's Stellar Start Down To Guardiola Or The Fixture List?

When Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City, it was expected that City will become even more of a dominant force in the Premier League. After all, Pep came to City with a 74.2%-win ratio in 408 games at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, accumulating on an average 2.37 points per game. He also joined a team brimming with talent, reflected by its growing silverware count over the last few years. So, while it was expected for them to be dominant, it is …
The battle for the Premier League top four – Part 2

The battle for the Premier League top four – Part 2

In part one, I covered last season’s top three teams in this years battle for the Champions League spots; so now it’s time to look at the other contenders. First up is Manchester City, who announced the arrival of new manager Pep Guardiola before last season had even finished and it remains to be seen if that had an adverse effect on how their team finished that campaign. One thing you can be certain of is that Guardiola will not …
Meet Eric Bailly

Meet Eric Bailly

Re-building a team like Manchester United Is not an easy task and Mourinho is looking at a total revamp of both the attack and defence. With the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovich, the attack can now become solid, to Jose’s liking. Also, with the signing of youngster Eric Bailly is also a good addition to a lacklustre defence. Bailly is quick, versatile and strong, and thus it can be said that he possesses all the qualities to be the defensive pillar …
Manchester United vs Bournemouth Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

On every Red Devils’ fans’ mind, there’s probably this question as to how United wound up in a situation where they need to win against Bournemouth and pray for Manchester City to lose against Swansea City, in order to qualify to the Champions League next season. Despite the performances of the United team against the “big teams”, Louis van Gaal’s job is expected to be severely scrutinised if they don’t make it to the top 4. Bournemouth will make a …
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