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 …
Where Are They Now? | Manchester United 2008-2009

Where Are They Now? | Manchester United 2008-2009

The 2008-2009 Premier League campaign was a magnificent one for Manchester United who took home the title with 90 points, four points above second place Liverpool. Finishing the season with 28 wins, six draws, and only four losses. Scoring 68 goals and only conceding 24 in the league. Apart from their league success, United captured the: League Cup, Community Shield, and FIFA Club World Cup. On top of UEFA Champions League/Super Cup runners up. No doubt this was one of …
The Re-Emergence of 4-4-2

The Re-Emergence of 4-4-2

The two top form sides Watford and Leicester are both deploying 4-4-2, with the four attacking individuals Igahlo, Deeney, Mahrez and Vardy scoring 48 goals between them. The modus operandi is "attack is the best form of defence" and it is proving very fruitful for two sides who were relegation favourites before the season started. When defending the 2nd attacker Deeney for Watford and Mahrez for Leicester, drops into midfield making it 4-4-1-1 or 4-5-1 in defending situations. There are …
Manchester United v QPR Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

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

Domestic football returns after the first international break of the season and this Sunday’s 4pm kick-off sees a struggling Manchester United host QPR at Old Trafford. The late transfer market spree from Manchester United failed to include a centre-half, but the signings of Danny Blind and Radamel Falcao will strengthen the United squad. The question on the lips of the fans will be whether the 3-5-2 system will be deployed again and how Van Gaal will piece together the riches …
QPR: Have They Learned From Their Mistakes?

QPR: Have They Learned From Their Mistakes?

QPR's lack of financial control was well documented when they were in the Premier League last time posting losses of £65.4m in May 2013. They spent a lot of money on the likes of Christopher Samba, Julio Cesar and Stephane M'Bia, all of whom played no part in their successful Championship campaign. The Londoners also have a huge wage bill which continued to be an issue last season with average Premier League players like Bobby Zamora picking up wages of …
David Moyes' Manchester United | Stats Analysis of Team In Transition

David Moyes' Manchester United | Stats Analysis of Team In Transition

There was much change at Old Trafford during the summer. For the first time in over twenty-five years, Manchester United began the season without Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. What has followed has been United’s worst start in the league for twenty-four years. Whilst it was evident that the transition period would not be perfect, United fans would have expected more than ninth place with only ten points after seven games. Critics have stated that Champions League qualification would be …
Alexander Buttner Stats | Is He Good enough for Manchester United?

Alexander Buttner Stats | Is He Good enough for Manchester United?

Alexander Buttner jumped to the defence of his Manchester United teammates after the weekend's defeat to West Brom and claimed the club isn’t in crisis despite a poor start to the season. Unfortunately, his inclusion at the weekend is a sign of the problems with the playing squad at Old Trafford. Buttner was brought in last summer by Sir Alex Ferguson to offer competition to Evra for the left back slot, and it worked as Evra’s performances picked up and …
Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Wayne Rooney made a bold statement  that if there’s one team that he wants to beat this season, it’s Sunderland. Despite beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final game of last season, Manchester City’s comeback against QPR ensured the Premier League trophy went to the blue half of Manchester. In what was a tense and nervy wait for the United players it was the Sunderland fans who delivered the news that City had won the title with ironic cheers that irked …
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