Evra to West Ham United: A David Moyes Classic

Evra to West Ham United: A David Moyes Classic

As a Manchester United fan, the prospect of having Patrice Evra back in the Premier League is positively exciting. The 36-year old full-back has been - in his pomp, one of the finest all-round defenders in the Premier League era, certainly for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. West Ham United, since recruiting David Moyes, have steadily found their feet in the Premier League and are on the way up, albeit in a laborious fashion. The Hammers sit 12th in …
Remembering When Teams Didn't Have Squad Numbers

Remembering When Teams Didn't Have Squad Numbers

I grew up in the 1980's where Football coverage was completely different to how it is now. For those of you old enough to remember the times before Sky and the Premier League, you will recall there was no Soccer Sunday, no expert analysis, no all seater stadiums and very few players from abroad (ignoring Jesper Olsen & Joel Sivebaek, anyway!). Yes Football in the 80's was on the up, but it was nothing like the financial monster it has …
Who Should Be Left Back For Manchester United Next Season?

Who Should Be Left Back For Manchester United Next Season?

Manchester United have been chasing a left back for well over a year, which highlights how the hierarchy view Patrice Evra and his long term future. Many thought Leighton Baines would arrive last summer, but the links to Luke Shaw are promising for Manchester United fans as he is a lot younger than his fellow England international, therefore he offers value for money if he is to sign for the club. It looks more and more likely that Shaw will …
Luke Shaw to Manchester United and How He May Fit In | Stats

Luke Shaw to Manchester United and How He May Fit In | Stats

Within hours of the conclusion of the 2013/14 season, rumours around Luke Shaw's future were aplenty. Manchester United have allegedly agreed a £27 million deal for the Saints man, who has been named in Roy Hodgson's 2014 World Cup squad. The 18 year old full-back has always shown promise during his time at Southampton and has more than demonstrated his ability to live up to the hype surrounding him. With Roy Hodgson opting to not take the experienced Ashley Cole …
The Modern Day Use Of Full Backs | Evra, Baines, Enrique Stats 12/13

The Modern Day Use Of Full Backs | Evra, Baines, Enrique Stats 12/13

Football often develops additional roles for players through constant progression in methods of play, putting increased significance on certain tactical styles. New footballing philosophies are created and developed to improve performance levels, and bring fresh ideas into the game. The basis in which players are instructed to be responsible for various duties within any one position is rapidly increasing. This can be seen in every position from goalkeeper through to striker. The ways in which these tactics are instructed upon a …
Is Marco the Rolls-Reus that Moyes desires?

Is Marco the Rolls-Reus that Moyes desires?

Manchester United manager David Moyes has his eyes set firmly on Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus. German international Reus has been scouted extensively by United scouts who have been told to find "world class players for every position". If United are to be successful with a bid for Reus they will need to smash their transfer record and could end up paying in excess of £40million pounds for the 24 year old. United do have money to spend after having …
Manchester United Make Baines Bid | Baines v Evra Comparison

Manchester United Make Baines Bid | Baines v Evra Comparison

According to various outlets, Manchester United have bid for Everton left back Leighton Baines as David Moyes looks to strengthen ahead of a competitive 2013/2014 season. Although, the bid seems to have been knocked back by the Merseyside outfit - but why exactly are United looking at the England international when they have two left backs on their books, in Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner? EPL Index takes a look at the trio's statistics for the 2012/2013 season. Defending It …
Can Fabio replace Evra at Manchester United: Part II | Stats Comparison

Can Fabio replace Evra at Manchester United: Part II | Stats Comparison

In EPL Index’s second segment of whether Fabio Da Silva can replace the ageing Patrice Evra at Manchester United, we compare the two players’ attacking contributions and passing abilities. The first part highlighted the defensive differences between Fabio and Evra and it was quite evident that the former is still light years behind his French counterpart. Does the second phase suggest a similar opinion? Read on for the answer. Passing and Crossing The passing contributions of Evra and Fabio differ …
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