What are the Top Four's Weaknesses?

What are the Top Four's Weaknesses?

Manchester United: Central Defence [caption id="" align="alignright" width="286"] Otamendi would be a huge addition for United.[/caption] United have been heavily linked to La Liga studs Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi this summer, and with good reason: their centre-halves are not Premier League-winning quality. Phil Jones is a far more dependable defender than he gets credit for; he earned a 7.51 rating from Whoscored last season, higher than Arsenal stalwart Laurent Koscielny. He had an impressive 7.5 clearances per game for the Red …
Analysing Manchester United Centre-Backs | Where Will The Guillotine Fall?

Analysing Manchester United Centre-Backs | Where Will The Guillotine Fall?

Otamendi, Gimenez, Hummels, Laporte, Dragovic. Transfer windows come and transfer windows go. But what refuses to pass is the who’s who of the footballing world’s centre-backs being linked to Manchester United. Three months and a bit still remain for the action to shift from the green under millionaire studs to the green inside billionaire bank accounts. That hasn’t stopped the tabloids from earning their bucks of course, and the aforementioned names have constantly been taken in the same breath as …
Walker vs Clyne: Who is England's strongest right-back?

Walker vs Clyne: Who is England's strongest right-back?

After four wins from their opening four matches, it would take a catastrophe of, well, English proportions for Roy Hodgson's men to miss out on Euro 2016. A relatively straight forward match against Lithuania on Friday should make it five from five. Hodgson now has the luxury of building a squad for the tournament without jeapordising the qualifying campaign itself. Apart from Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney - who should be definite starters, barring injury or an inexplicable loss of …
Man City v Man United 13-14 | What did the fans think?

Man City v Man United 13-14 | What did the fans think?

The first Manchester derby of the 2013-14 season was played on September 22nd 2013 and ended in humiliation for United Manager David Moyes, as his team were comprehensively outclassed and beaten 4-1 by a rampant City side. The hosts outperformed United in almost every part of the pitch, Sergio Agüero opening the scoring just past the quarter hour mark and Yaya Toure adding a second just before the break. Any hopes the visitors had of resurrecting a point were shattered …
Manchester United: How will Van Gaal plug the gaps in a leaky defence?

Manchester United: How will Van Gaal plug the gaps in a leaky defence?

Manchester United’s defensive frailties were hideously exposed once more on Sunday, as a rampant Leicester City team plundered four goals in less than thirty second half minutes to compound United’s woes. It was the first time in the history of the Premier League that the Red Devils had lost a match in which they had, at one stage, held a two goal advantage. It’s no exaggeration to state that United are currently in the midst of a defensive crisis. For …
The Race To Rio: England CB's | Lescott V Jones V Smalling V Caulker

The Race To Rio: England CB's | Lescott V Jones V Smalling V Caulker

After the likes of Sol Campbell, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King, England are now lacking in depth at centre back; but, the new generation have now got their chance to assert themselves on the national side. Only Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill are guaranteed to be going to Brazil and they are likely to be England's starting pair. The likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott and Steven Caulker will be hoping they are selected …
A New United Defence

A New United Defence

Manchester United is set to face a daunting set of opponents in the Premier League over the next four weeks and may have to do so without their first choice defense.  Starting with Monday's visit from Tottenham, the Red Devils face 3 of the top 5 teams from last season in the next 4 weeks, culminating with Chelsea's visit on September 18th.  For the matches with Spurs, Bolton, Arsenal and Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson will have to juggle a young …
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