Are There Any Leaders at All in the Red Devils' Dressing Room?

Are There Any Leaders at All in the Red Devils' Dressing Room?

Here they go again: confidence built up over a run of four decent results was well and truly shattered by another shambolic performance by Manchester United, this time, at the home of their bitterest rivals, Liverpool. Manchester United looked gutless, devoid of any commitment in what was arguably their biggest game of the season and have potentially blown their chances of making it to the Champions League next campaign. Given the context and significance of the tie, the performance could …
It's Cups or Bust for Manchester United

It's Cups or Bust for Manchester United

With Manchester United starting the day six points and an inferior goal difference behind fourth placed Manchester City and all of the top four sides facing each other this weekend, it was an opportunity for United to make up some ground on the teams above them. Second from bottom Sunderland were not exactly seen as lambs to the slaughter, but certainly a level of opposition that should be dispatched, with the Red Devils finding some form in recent weeks. As …
Are English Clubs Forgetting Their Academies?

Are English Clubs Forgetting Their Academies?

Pep Guardiola’s appointment at Manchester City hopes to reinvigorate their newly invested academy system. Pep, whose time at Barcelona and Bayern Munich has given him the recognition as one of the best managers in the world, is renowned for turning his sides into possession-heavy teams that encourage flair and creativity on the ball. He’s known for building his own teams, and although his squads have never been short of talent, he’s built a reputation for coaching ‘perfect football.’ Manchester City …
Liverpool's Lack of Pace is a Real Cause For Concern

Liverpool's Lack of Pace is a Real Cause For Concern

Liverpool's form and results were supposed to improve once Jurgen Klopp took over the reigns from Brendan Rodgers. After an emphatic start to his career at Merseyside, which included huge wins over Chelsea, Manchester City as well as Southampton, Klopp's last month or so has not been too great. While no-one is questioning the ownership's decisions to sack Brendan Rodgers and appoint Klopp, a move which was definitely a massive coup considering the position Liverpool's rival clubs are in currently, …
Can Pochettino’s Spurs Really Become Premier League Champions?

Can Pochettino’s Spurs Really Become Premier League Champions?

Despite speculation linking him with various moves elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur fans can rest assured that manager Mauricio Pochettino will be focused solely on his side’s push for the Premier League crown. Spurs mustering a title challenge would’ve seemed a pipe dream last summer, but is that what is happening now? Their form is certainly white hot, winning their last four Premier League games on the bounce amassing an impressive seven wins out of their last ten; that’s 22 points from …
Where Do Chelsea and Manchester United Go Next?

Where Do Chelsea and Manchester United Go Next?

Chelsea versus Manchester United has so often been a battle between title contenders over the past decade, but their match this past weekend at Stamford Bridge was instead a contest of two teams falling short of expectations this season. Whilst Chelsea’s underachievement this campaign is considerably more than United’s and brought about a managerial change that would have seemed unthinkable last summer, both squads are struggling to justify the huge amounts of money it cost to assemble them. However, despite …
Tottenham's Unsung Defensive Heroes

Tottenham's Unsung Defensive Heroes

Tottenham’s defensive record is one of the best in the league this season and the centre-back pairing of Alderweireld and Vertonghen are the unsung heroes of Pochettino’s side. Their latest victory against Sunderland displayed the in-form qualities of their star men, Harry Kane and Cristian Eriksen, but their defence has been just as important this season. Spurs are currently the only side in the Premier League to have conceded less than 20 goals in 2015-16 and their goal difference is …
Signing a Cech for Success and Mignolet's Costly Overdraft

Signing a Cech for Success and Mignolet's Costly Overdraft

Being a goalkeeper is hard. When you concede goals you're criticised and when you keep clean sheets, it’s usually the centre-backs who earn all the praise. But when you're competing at the top, having a good goalkeeper can make all the difference. When Arsenal signed Petr Cech from Chelsea in the summer, many regarded it as one of the best pre-season transfers. For over ten years at the Blues, he was regarded as one of the world’s best and he …
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