Let Us Talk About Nemanja Matic and Manchester United

Let Us Talk About Nemanja Matic and Manchester United

Manchester United are back in the thick of stories that continue to divide opinion among fans - particularly after yesterday's breaking news that Mourinho is very close to re-signing Nemanja Matic from his former club Chelsea for a fee in the region of £40-million. The reaction it has generated on social media has not been all positive. In fact, one could observe a large stream of massively underwhelmed responses that you would have thought Manchester United had gone out and signed …
Fabinho Could Transform Manchester United From Pretenders into Contenders

Fabinho Could Transform Manchester United From Pretenders into Contenders

After a few no-breaking-news days on the Manchester United transfers front, there have been strong reports in the last couple of days that the Red Devils have made an official bid up to €50m (inclusive of add-ons) for AS Monaco's midfield dynamo Fabinho. Dynamo, incidentally is one of United Kingdom's more famous personalities - a recognisable magician and performer who could often be seen levitating above the statue of 'Christ - The Redeemer' overlooking the whole of Brazil, among other …
Is This a Golden Age for Managerial Talent in the Premier League?

Is This a Golden Age for Managerial Talent in the Premier League?

The Premier League is reaching a golden age when it comes to managerial talent. The managers of the top six sides are Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte, Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino. They would all be contenders for any top job in world football and to have them all competing in the same league is incredible. Barring Pochettino, they have all already had successful careers with lots of trophies between them. Although it was once true, there …
Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

When I was writing about Davy Klaassen’s transfer to Everton from Ajax, someone suggested that I should also see whether his transfer is going to be a hit like Suarez or a flop like Janssen.  I thought it was a good idea and decided to look at the transfers in detail. While predicting whether Klaassen will be a Suarez or a Janssen is not possible for me but we can look at the trends and characteristics of transfers from different …
Dier, Mourinho and Manchester United's Potentially Expensive Gamble

Dier, Mourinho and Manchester United's Potentially Expensive Gamble

At a time when football has clearly taken a backseat, one of the more interesting transfer rumours still doing rounds involves Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier, Manchester United and a figure dangerously close to £50-million. Before analyzing whether any of that makes sense, it is important to understand what Eric Dier means to Tottenham Hotspur. He, in many ways, epitomizes what Pochettino's vision for Spurs is centered around. Eric Dier is 23, entering his prime years, English international with a considerable amount of …
What Next For Chris Smalling if he Does Leave Manchester United?

What Next For Chris Smalling if he Does Leave Manchester United?

Chris Smalling is facing an uncertain future at Manchester United after the club signed Victor Lindelof from Benfica. The Independent report that the England international will be allowed to leave Old Trafford after slipping down the pecking order. Jose Mourinho has yet to explicitly tell the defender if he will be part of his plans, but it is expected that he will be one of the players to depart United this summer. If that is the case, there will be …
3 Potential Candidates for the Armband at Manchester United

3 Potential Candidates for the Armband at Manchester United

Manchester United, as a club, has by nature rallied around one player who usually tends to be the guy with the armband. At Old Trafford, there has always been a definitive representation on the pitch - in the mold of the manager and in some cases, even the supporters - who could identify with a particular individual, more than any other. Oftentimes, the teams are shaped in the image of these said players - The teams in the 80's - that are …
Q&A with Jan Hagen: What do we know about Victor Lindelöf?

Q&A with Jan Hagen: What do we know about Victor Lindelöf?

Two days before the much-awaited move of Victor Lindelöf to Manchester United was confirmed - I spoke to MSc candidate and freelance journalist/avid fan of Premeira Liga, Jan Hagen - whose work has been published in various news outlets like Metro UK, the official FIFA World Cup magazine, Sport Witness among other national and international media - about all things Lindelöf. You can follow him on twitter (@JanHagen) for all the latest transfer speculation, insight and quotes that dominate the …
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