Nemaja Matić is the Catalyst That Will Unleash Paul Pogba

Nemaja Matić is the Catalyst That Will Unleash Paul Pogba

When I wrote about Paul Pogba being a £89 million mistake last season, my article concluded with the problems caused by Mourinho’s tactics and mentality that he adopted last season. Mourinho’s defensive approach meant that Manchester United’s most expensive player had to be perform ball-winning midfielder’s duties, even when he was deployed in the hole behind Ibrahimovic. I reached these conclusions by comparing Pogba’s stats for United last season and for Juventus in the previous season. Last season, Mourinho played …
Has Neymar's move to PSG legitimised PL spending?

Has Neymar's move to PSG legitimised PL spending?

Older readers may remember the shock that reverberated around the British football scene when Trevor Francis' move from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest in early 1979 broke the £1 million transfer barrier (and doubled the British record transfer fee). Less than forty years later and £1 million would just about buy one one of Neymar's toes. Footballing transfer finances are spiralling out of control. £1 million in 1979 is equivalent to around £5.25 million today, so in real terms a …
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 …
Chelsea v Burnley Preview - Conte's men begin Title defence

Chelsea v Burnley Preview - Conte's men begin Title defence

Defending Premier League champions Chelsea will face Burney in their opening fixture of the season at Stamford Bridge, and after Sunday's defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield, Antonio Conte will expect his side to take all three points and get their campaign off and running in style. Last season the Blues faced Sean Dyche's side in their third game and came away 3-0 winners, which made it three wins in three for the Italian in charge. The Clarets were tipped for relegation but …
Real Madrid v Manchester United Preview: UEFA Super Cup 2017

Real Madrid v Manchester United Preview: UEFA Super Cup 2017

On the 8th of August 2017, two of the most widely supported football clubs in the world in Real Madrid and Manchester United will lock horns for the first piece of silverware on offer as current holders of the two European trophies - the Champions League and Europa League, respectively. Real Madrid have had a disappointing pre-season, in complete contrast to their double-winning 2016/17 campaign - in the preparatory International Champions Cup 2017 - where the reigning European Champions were …
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 …
All you need to know about Chelsea's Tiemoué Bakayoko

All you need to know about Chelsea's Tiemoué Bakayoko

Chelsea must love signing French midfielders in the middle of July. Especially those who have helped their previous teams register shock league victories. Last year on July 16 they had signed N’Golo Kante from Leicester City. He not only helped the Blues regain the Premier League title but also won the Premier League Player of the Year. So this year, on 15th July, Chelsea went to France and signed the 22-year old ball-winning midfielder Tiemoué from the Ligue 1 champions …
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 …
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