Mourinho, Martial and an unbeaten United in pre-season

Mourinho, Martial and an unbeaten United in pre-season

Two of the biggest and most popular football clubs in the world - Real Madrid and Manchester United, engaged in a friendly bout in the States as a dress rehearsal for the European Super Cup encounter which is scheduled to take place in two weeks for the first piece of silverware of the season. The game ended 1-1 and the Reds somehow stumbled on to a win - through a frankly, comical penalty shootout - where seven out of ten …
Can Lacazette's Goals Bring Back the Glory Days for Arsenal?

Can Lacazette's Goals Bring Back the Glory Days for Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side have been left behind by their rivals in recent years when it comes to competing for the Premier League title. But now with the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, can the Gunners find themselves back on top of the pile come May next year?   The Frenchman arrives for a club record fee of £52 million, from French Ligue 1 side Lyon where he has played 275 games and scored 129 in all competitions. His style of …
Olivier Giroud: Arsenal’s Unappreciated Goalscorer

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal’s Unappreciated Goalscorer

Last year, Arsenal were that close to signing Leicester’s Jamie Vardy for a £25 million transfer fee. But Vardy never put pen to paper. Upon reflection, between his tins of Thunder snuff tobacco and cans of Red Bull, Vardy made one of his better decisions. He realised that his limited, direct attacking skills did not fit well with Arsenal’s more intricate, build-from-the-back, short passing in tight spaces requirements. Vardy backed out of the move. Had the transfer been completed, the addition …
Smalling, Jones and Mourinho's Options in Central Defence

Smalling, Jones and Mourinho's Options in Central Defence

Manchester United will begin their pre-season tour of 2017 in the United States of America and the preparations are already underway in the UCLA campus, where the club will based at between the 10th and 22nd of July. The Red Devils have made two key additions in the transfer market and there is a consensus that the club will sign at least two more ahead of the new season - to bolster their first team squad enough to compete in five …
Kyle Walker – Manchester City’s Expensive Plan B

Kyle Walker – Manchester City’s Expensive Plan B

One of the most interesting facts that struck me at the beginning of this transfer window was the number of players who were left without a contract beyond this summer at Manchester City.  Also, more than the number, were the names of the players who were released on a free by City – Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, and Willy Cabalero. Agreed, all of them are aged players who would have found it tough to fit into …
Why do Manchester United Want to Sign Eric Dier?

Why do Manchester United Want to Sign Eric Dier?

Manchester United have made the biggest signing of the summer so far after buying Romelu Lukaku from Everton for a fee of £75 million. Jose Mourinho is keen to press ahead for further additions as he attempts to build a squad capable of competing on multiple fronts. He will want to see progression and a title challenge is needed if he is to prove himself as a manager capable of leading the club forward for years to come. The next …
Why the New Season Could be a Defining one for Paul Pogba

Why the New Season Could be a Defining one for Paul Pogba

Last summer, Paul Pogba was the centre of attention. After leading his country to the final of Euro 2016 at home, he became the most expensive player in the world as he moved back to Manchester United. The Frenchman has long been written about as a future winner of the Ballon D'Or and his move back to Old Trafford was expected to propel him to that level. In Serie A, he was a star, but there were doubts about the …
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 …
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