Manchester United Transfer Index: Matteo Darmian

Manchester United Transfer Index: Matteo Darmian

After looking at the future of Daley Blind in my first of the Transfer Index Series of articles, this week we will be evaluating the prospects of Italian Matteo Darmian staying at Old Trafford for the next season and beyond, under Jose Mourinho. When the Italian arrived from Torino for a reasonable fee under £15-million, there was a case for optimism for the supporters. This was Louis van Gaal making a shrewd acquisition in the Summer to address what had …
Is Mourinho's second season going to plan?

Is Mourinho's second season going to plan?

We all know how the Jose Mourinho three year story unfolds but this time around, it seems Pep Guardiola did not read the script and Jose may need some ad libbing to win the league, potentially in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Mourinho almost attempts to dictate the media and get his own narrative across. He does this by giving his prediction and his own assessment of his team the way he wants everyone else to judge him. Most managers …
3 Potential Candidates for the Armband at Manchester United

3 Potential Candidates for the Armband at Manchester United

Manchester United, as a club, has by nature rallied around one player who usually tends to be the guy with the armband. At Old Trafford, there has always been a definitive representation on the pitch - in the mold of the manager and in some cases, even the supporters - who could identify with a particular individual, more than any other. Oftentimes, the teams are shaped in the image of these said players - The teams in the 80's - that are …
Should Manchester United dare not to Zlatan?

Should Manchester United dare not to Zlatan?

Football is a sport that continues to throw surprises at us and it's this glorious uncertainty that is associated with the game that everyone invests their time and money for. Mourinho's Manchester United are at the epicenter of this business in England, being completely unpredictable and at times unrecognizable from week to another. Not many would deny or even be shocked at the fact that their recent goalless draw against newly promoted Burnley football club also saw their best performance in …
The Left-Back Comparison | Premier League's Most Influential Left Backs

The Left-Back Comparison | Premier League's Most Influential Left Backs

And Lord Carragher said unto Lord Neville at MNF, "I look at fullbacks and think, there's only two things for a fullback- you're either a failed winger or a failed centre-back. No one wants to grow up and become a Gary Neville." Wonder what Gareth Bale or Paolo Maldini have to say about that. The job of a modern day full-back is unbelievably demanding, which also coincides with the dearth of world class fullbacks. The fullbacks are responsible for providing …
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 …
Can Arsenal win the league again under Wenger?

Can Arsenal win the league again under Wenger?

Any Arsenal fan would tell you, if you ask them of course, that this season has been the most disappointing in recent years, despite the fact that they are in a pretty good position in terms of Champions League qualification for next campaign, at this stage with the final few weeks to go. 'Pretty good' has been the case with Arsenal year in year out, as they always show a glimmer of hope in the beginning, of being able to …
Who will be the next Manchester United manager?

Who will be the next Manchester United manager?

For months now it has been in speculation who will overtake the job after current manager Louis Van Gaal is rightfully sacked. I think many media personnel and United fans would have thought it would have been sooner but Ed Woodward is adamant in backing LVG. Names like Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs have been front runners but there are plenty of other managers that could the job and do a good job. Lets look at all the potential candidates …
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