A Broken Left, An Invisible Centre | United 0 Chelsea 0 Post-Match Review

A Broken Left, An Invisible Centre | United 0 Chelsea 0 Post-Match Review

Eden Hazard, a spectacular winger, played as a false nine.  Wayne Rooney, an aging, divisive forward, played as a false…something.  Pedro, historically a right winger for his previous club FC Barcelona, “played” on the left and only created chances when the wings were swapped.  Anthony Martial, always a striker, was slotted into a position known as “not a striker.” Peculiar tactics by Dutch managers in the Premier League did not work at all in the cluttered December match-up between two …
Statistical Comparison of The Top Playmakers

Statistical Comparison of The Top Playmakers

In it's most basic form, football is simply about putting the ball into the back of the net.  To do that, teams must create good chances on goal.  One of the elements that separates the top teams from the lower sides is that they have playmakers that can create high quality chances time and time again in a game. The top teams all have multiple creative players, but they all have that one that is the cut above the rest. …
The Art of Creativity

The Art of Creativity

If you listen to most pundits and commentators they will tell you four Strikers are required when you are in 4 competitions; the League, FA Cup, the Capital One Cup and Champions League. However it's noticeable Manuel Pellegrini spent his entire transfer budget of £107m on Kevin DeBruyne and Raheem Sterling - creative midfielders. Man City have so far persevered with 2 recognised strikers in Aguero and Bony. Equally Wenger has persisted with Giroud and Walcott in Danny Welbeck's injury …
How Dropping Rooney & Carrick Could Help Balance United

How Dropping Rooney & Carrick Could Help Balance United

Manchester United has looked strong at times early this season, especially in wins over Liverpool and Southampton a few weeks ago. They met a grim reality check, however, at the Emirates before the international break, with the brilliance of Alexis Sanchez leading Arsenal to a 3-0 win over the Reds. Dropping from the top of the table thanks to that loss, United now heads to Goodison Park, a stadium at which they've struggled mightily in recent years, to face Roberto Martinez …
Wayne Rooney Struggling to Fit In?

Wayne Rooney Struggling to Fit In?

Wayne Rooney has filled plenty of column inches over the past few months after replacing Sir Bobby Charlton as England’s all-time highest goalscorer. The Manchester United is yet to touch 30, and to achieve such a record, is a great deal. To outscore the likes of Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves, Michael Owen and Alan Shearer is pretty good going. However, while he is breaking record after record for England, he has struggled to leave his mark on United so far …
Why Manchester United v Liverpool is the biggest game in the Premier League

Why Manchester United v Liverpool is the biggest game in the Premier League

Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford this weekend and Dean Smith of Top10bet.com takes a look at why games between these two clubs are the biggest in the Premier League. When Rio Ferdinand scored a last minute winner against Liverpool for Manchester United back in 2006, his team-mate Gary Neville was so elated that he couldn’t help himself from running towards the away section of the crowd, tugging at his shirt and gesturing towards the visiting supporters. When a …
Eden Hazard vs David Silva: Who is better?

Eden Hazard vs David Silva: Who is better?

"Some men just want to watch the world burn."
Twitter is a funny place. Certain people like to drop a grenade in the middle of a conversation and watch the chaos as it ensues. This happens on a daily basis when one fan says one of their players is better than an opponent's player and it gets hundreds of retweets and then fans from the other team chime in. People love the attention so make ridiculous comparisons, for …
What Did Manchester United Learn From Tottenham Win?

What Did Manchester United Learn From Tottenham Win?

Manchester United survived a nervy 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford to begin the 2015-2016 Premier League season. While it was a less than convincing display from the Red Devils, their supporters will feel far better than they did after last year's 2-1 loss to Swansea in the opening fixture. While it is still early in the season, Louis van Gaal will be able to take away a lot from the match. 1. Chris Smalling is undroppable, Blind not so …
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