Manchester United's draw at Stoke is not a sign of things to come

Manchester United's draw at Stoke is not a sign of things to come

Manchester United remain at the top of the league table by the end of matchday four, but only just, thanks to Mark Hughes' Stoke City who, almost predictably, halted United's 100% record accrued over the first three games. Here is my take on how the Red Devils fared at the Britannia, where they have been sub-par in recent years - since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson to be precise, but why their most recent draw could have been a …
It is time for Pep Guardiola to prove his credentials at Manchester City

It is time for Pep Guardiola to prove his credentials at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City with big promises last summer. Before his move to Premier League, he had enjoyed a lot of success with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but many argued that the Spaniard's job was made easy by the talent at his disposal at both of his jobs. The City job was quite different. He was required to build a new team without any support from the youth academy, and carry the club to the heights they have …
Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

After their 4-0 slaughter of Arsenal, Liverpool will take on another huge test going to Etihad to take on Manchester City.  With an international break to savor their destruction of Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp will be looking to his players to put that all behind them and do the same to title favourites Manchester City. Manchester City have grabbed seven points from three matches, but have yet to put in a really convincing performance. They've been worthy winners in the two …
Pep v Jose - Which £1bn Manager Will Be Last Man Standing?

Pep v Jose - Which £1bn Manager Will Be Last Man Standing?

The dust has settled on a distracting transfer window and the Premier League can kick on in earnest, until January anyway. Three game weeks into the season, most pundits are betting on the title heading into the city of Manchester, come May. It is widely expected that both United  and City will dominate this season, and with good reason. In Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, both clubs have two of the most respected and successful managers in the game, and …
Manchester City Champions League Group Preview: An Open but Challenging Group

Manchester City Champions League Group Preview: An Open but Challenging Group

The English Premier League must be without any doubt, the league where the managers are under the most pressure. If a manager has been phenomenally successful elsewhere and if he starts managing a big team in the Premier League, he cannot rest on his past laurels. If he is lucky, he might get a season to settle in, but when the next season rolls in results are expected and demanded. Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola, both are in this situation …
5 Things We Learned From the Premier League's Opening Weekend

5 Things We Learned From the Premier League's Opening Weekend

The Premier League season officially kicked off on Friday evening with Arsenal's 4-3 victory over Leicester City and we have already been given an insight into what the 2017/18 campaign could bring. Hare five things we learned from the season’s opening weekend ... Top teams have leaky defences If last season was anything to go by, we knew there would be plenty of goals to celebrate in 2017/18 and after spending millions on new attackers, the top clubs were expected …
Chelsea Loaning Players to Other EPL Clubs Is Brilliant

Chelsea Loaning Players to Other EPL Clubs Is Brilliant

In the simulation game Football Manager, if your club’s squad is too large and you have too many players out on loan then the simulated journalists ask you questions in accusatory tones. “Why are you hoarding players and not giving them opportunities?” “When will [this next prodigy] get to play for the first team?” and so on. But in real life, clubs and managers have to plan for a real future and hence develop a setup, where large number of …
Why Manchester City Supporters Should be Excited by the Capture of Danilo

Why Manchester City Supporters Should be Excited by the Capture of Danilo

Pep Guardiola knew that he had to strengthen his full-back options this summer if Manchester City were to seriously challenge for major honours and that has happened. The Citizens have signed their second full-back of the window in the form of Danilo. The Brazilian arrives for a fee of £26.5 million from Real Madrid. He is capable of playing on either flank and will provide fierce competition in the City squad. Although the 26-year-old failed to break into the team …
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