Premier League Transfers This January: A Tepid Window So Far

Premier League Transfers This January: A Tepid Window So Far

The January transfer window is like an annual second chance for all football clubs – but more so for the clubs from the top leagues like the Premier League. The pressure in the top leagues is so intense that if a manager or a transfer committee blundered in the summer transfer window then by December all seems lost. Case in point, Manchester United this season.  But the January window provides an opportunity to set the mistakes right and aim for …
Manchester City v Manchester United: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City v Manchester United: Team News, Stats & Key Men

In the first instalment of the Manchester derby of the season - something quite intriguing is brewing in the powerhouse of the North West. For the first time in quite some time, both clubs are on a high, in terms of momentum and confidence levels and for Manchester United, in particular, this is quite a turnaround - given the way they started the season. City are favourites to retain the Premier League title - and the fact that the last …
Manchester United & The Importance of Business Acumen in Football

Manchester United & The Importance of Business Acumen in Football

“You don’t spend £50 million on someone that you’re never going to play” remarked Julien Laurens when speaking on The Totally Football Show about Fabinho’s gradual integration into Liverpool’s first team. “Unless you’re Man United” quipped James Richardson in reply, to which the panel sniggered and jeered in agreement. How the mighty have fallen. The days of Sir Alex Ferguson posing an ominous figure on the touchline tapping away at his watch with sweeping attacking football and visiting teams fearing the …
The Benefits Of The Newly Pragmatic Liverpool

The Benefits Of The Newly Pragmatic Liverpool

You wait all season for a four-goal romp and two come in the same week. Typical. The opening game against West Ham’s glacial midfield aside, the Reds have been strangely reticent in front of goal this term and it was beginning to get to people. Why I know not. Last season we were spoilt. Seven goals salvos here, five-goal lead in European Cup semi-finals there. The front three went mad. A lad who most didn’t want came from Arsenal and …
Pereira & Other Positives on Friday Night as Man United Edged Leicester

Pereira & Other Positives on Friday Night as Man United Edged Leicester

So, after all the doom and gloom prior to the beginning of the campaign, United went out on Friday - with a point to prove, and they did, by winning a tight game against Leicester City to claim all 3 points in the opening weekend at Old Trafford. Here are a few of my thoughts on the performance of the home side on the pitch, of Mourinho in the press conference and finally of Paul Pogba in the mixed zone. …
Fosu Mensah is made for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United

Fosu Mensah is made for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United

On one hand, United are about to let go of - according to credible news outlets - full-back Luke Shaw in the Summer, who was not long ago, the most expensive teenage British transfer in the Premier League. 22-year old Luke Shaw, despite his obvious talent on and off the ball - has not been able to nail down the left-back position in the first team squad that is currently occupied by a 32-year old Ashley Young who is enjoying …
Manchester United Should Make De Gea Renewal their Summer Priority

Manchester United Should Make De Gea Renewal their Summer Priority

It is common knowledge that at top clubs where the pressure is at a level higher than the rest - the number of options in the transfer market to strengthen the starting eleven is unsurprisingly lower. Manchester United, among the other big and ambitious sides in the Premier League operate with a narrow base of targets which gets further trimmed down often owing to special circumstances and competition from rivals for the signature. Given that is the case, it is …
Newcastle United v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Newcastle United v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

On Sunday, Jose Mourinho will take Manchester United to a stadium he has never won at, in all these years managing in the Premier League. Newcastle United are 16th in the league at this point in time - with 25 points on board, only a point away from 19th placed Huddersfield Town. In fact, ten teams in the bottom half are all so tightly packed that every point between now and the end of the season is unimaginably crucial for …
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