Is The Recent Criticism Of Nemanja Matic justified?

Is The Recent Criticism Of Nemanja Matic justified?

One of the most surprising transfers in the Premier League last summer was Nemanja Matic’s transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United as it is very rare for a player to be allowed to move from one of the biggest clubs in the country to another. Jose Mourinho was clearly a big fan of Matic during his spell with the Blues so when he had the opportunity to land the Serbian to his squad at Old Trafford, he pounced to sign …
Manchester United v Manchester City: Preview, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v Manchester City: Preview, Stats & Key Men

The 175th Manchester derby is upon us and it could just be the most important fixture these two sides have had in the Premier League since December 2012. Manchester United have been phenomenal at home. There's been question marks early on as to whether the Portuguese could ever really imprint his style on Man United but with a 40 game unbeaten streak at home that stretches back to September 2016 (a club record), Mourinho has quite evidently answered it in …
Is Mourinho's second season going to plan?

Is Mourinho's second season going to plan?

We all know how the Jose Mourinho three year story unfolds but this time around, it seems Pep Guardiola did not read the script and Jose may need some ad libbing to win the league, potentially in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Mourinho almost attempts to dictate the media and get his own narrative across. He does this by giving his prediction and his own assessment of his team the way he wants everyone else to judge him. Most managers …
Chelsea's Season So Far: A Roller Coaster Ride

Chelsea's Season So Far: A Roller Coaster Ride

Ever since Manchester United won their eighteenth title in 2008-09, which was their third successive title in as many seasons, the Premier League title has been very difficult to defend. Manchester United came close to repeating the hat-trick of three titles in three years between 2010-11 and 2012-13, but the 2011-12 title was snatched away from them in injury time on the last match day of the season by their neighbors. Since that run from the Red Devils, none of …
Chelsea v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

It is the Jose Mourinho derby in West London on Sunday as his current employers make the trip down to South to his once comfortable stomping ground. No matter what happens on Sunday, Mourinho will once again hog the limelight on Sunday as his in-form Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge to potentially spell an end to Chelsea's aspirations to defend their league title. Chelsea have had a mixed start to the campaign - uncharacteristically inconsistent under Antonio Conte whose …
Fellaini inspires Manchester United to a winning start in the Champions League

Fellaini inspires Manchester United to a winning start in the Champions League

Manchester United grabbed all 3 points on a comfortable night against FC Basel in their opening game of the group stages in the Champions League. Bouncing back from the draw in midweek against Stoke, there were plenty of positives to glean from United's win on Tuesday despite the obvious glaring negative - which stood out like a sore thumb, whose impact may be much harsher than a sore thumb. So here's my thoughts touching on some of the talking points …
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 …
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 …
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