Comparing Attacking Mids| Silva, Di Maria, Oscar, Ozil & Coutinho

Comparing Attacking Mids| Silva, Di Maria, Oscar, Ozil & Coutinho

Good quality attacking midfielders are a rare commodity. The top teams in the Premier League all have at least one such playmaker in the number 10 role who can change the course of the match with a moment of magic. While once upon a time, legends like Dennis Bergkamp, Gianfranco Zola, Eric Cantona and co. used to grace the Premier League pitches and showcase their wonderful talent, today’s crop of attacking midfielders is no less in talent and ability. While …
Tactical Review - Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0

Tactical Review - Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0

PRE-MATCH The Manchester derby, one of the biggest games in English club football in recent years, returned for the 168th time. These two teams collectively have won each of the four Premier League titles since Chelsea won in 2009-10. When cash-flush City emerged as a Premier League heavyweight, the then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dubbed them as the noisy neighbours. Since the Scot’s retirement, United have been on a decline of sorts while City have only been getting better. …
Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

The stand out fixture of this weekend is undoubtedly the Manchester derby which takes place on Sunday at the Etihad, with United aiming to pile more misery on the home side who have endured a wretched last 10 days after they blew a two goal lead against CSKA Moscow in Russia, lost 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground to West Ham before Newcastle United compounded the misery with a 2-0 win at the home of the Premier League Champions in the …
Manchester United v Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

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

Two of the Premier League's elite clubs will lock horns this Sunday at Old Trafford as Manchester United welcome pacesetters Chelsea on game-week 9. There is another fierce battle involved on the touchline as well with Louis Van Gaal set to entertain his former apprentice Jose Mourinho in what is expected to be an intriguing battle of 'footballing philosophies'. The home side came away salvaging a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns last weekend but their home form has been one …
Angel Di Maria vs Cesc Fabregas | Stats Comparison

Angel Di Maria vs Cesc Fabregas | Stats Comparison

The transfer window was eventful as ever this summer with lots of big money changing hands and star players changing uniforms.  Two of the biggest deals of players coming into the Barclays Premier League were Chelsea's acquisition of Cesc Fabregas and Manchester United's new record signing of Angel Di Maria.  With the likes of Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale leaving the Premier League in the last two summers it is always great to see that the Premier League can in …
Manchester United vs Everton Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Manchester United vs Everton Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Neither side has emerged with much credit after the first half dozen games of this Premier League season. Big things were expected of both teams and it's perhaps the fans on the blue half of Merseyside that will be the most disappointed. Everton have looked a shadow of the side they were in Roberto Martinez's first season, with record signing Romelu Lukaku particularly off the pace. Only once, however, have they failed to find the target, against Swansea, so shoring …
Manchester United vs West Ham Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Manchester United vs West Ham Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

These two sides have both started in the completely opposite way than expected, as Manchester United have struggled to adapt under Louis van Gaal, while West Ham have flown out of the blocks with an impressive win over Liverpool the crowning jewel. It's still too early to judge any side in the division, but early results can affect the team and the winning or losing mentality can be difficult to shake. As the match is at Old Trafford, Manchester United …
Angel Di Maria | Bright Spark on a bad day for Manchester United

Angel Di Maria | Bright Spark on a bad day for Manchester United

Manchester United may have invested in some world class attacking talent but their leaky defence and dodgy system was still put to the sword against newly promoted Leicester City at the weekend. The Foxes twice came back from two goals down to take the win 5-3 with two late goals, leaving Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal with just one victory in the Manchester United hot-seat in his first five games. Nobody anywhere would have imagined the comeback even football …
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