How Herrera's Midfield Masterclass Led to an Impressive Opening Win

How Herrera's Midfield Masterclass Led to an Impressive Opening Win

The much anticipated Premier League has finally begun for Manchester United and new manager Jose Mourinho, as he oversaw a comfortable victory in the South Coast at the Vitality stadium, where the Red Devils were beaten about nine months ago. In a nutshell, it was a typical Mourinho-style performance and result. Manchester United, were very methodical from the outset and in a good way - in that they knew what they were doing in attack and defence and given the …
Wayne Rooney must play in midfield

Wayne Rooney must play in midfield

Jose Mourinho surprised many with comments this week stating he plans to play Wayne Rooney as a striker and not in midfield as many predicted. The England and Manchester United captain has been playing in centre midfield for Roy Hodgson's side at the European Championships and ended the season with his domestic side as a midfielder - performing well in their final games. However, Mourinho made it clear the captain would be used as a goal threat despite most people …
Why Manchester United must sign Mkhitaryan this summer

Why Manchester United must sign Mkhitaryan this summer

With the European Championships entering into the knockout rounds, most Premier League clubs are keeping themselves busy scouting while some even signing players, and Manchester United are quite heavily linked, and naturally so, to players of the highest quality in the best of form. On that note, more recently, United have been mooted as the destination for one of Borussia Dortmund's best players in Henrikh Mkhitaryan whose contract with his current club expires next summer after the player has apparently …
5 players Arsenal should call time on

5 players Arsenal should call time on

Arsenal have a host of players with creativity, raw talent and flair. Wenger has built squads, re-built and added to his collection and now has a vast selection of players to choose from. However, amidst a squad which possesses clear talent, there's a number of players that Arsenal have put their faith in for far too long and now it's time to give-up. Abou Diaby is one player that Arsenal kept on the books for an unhealthy amount of time …
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 …
Why Aleksandar Mitrovic is Worth Buying and Who Should Look at Buying Him

Why Aleksandar Mitrovic is Worth Buying and Who Should Look at Buying Him

Aleksander Mitrovic had an eventful first season in England.  In his first start at St James' Park, he was sent off.  In his last Premier League game at St James' Park for at least a year, he was sent off.  In between those two red cards, he showed some real promise. Mitrovic was Newcastle's second top scorer by the end of the season, despite making only 22 starts.  He was key in their late bid to stay up, and is …
Time to Bid Adieu to Van Gaal?

Time to Bid Adieu to Van Gaal?

Louis van Gaal was booed by the Manchester United crowd as he tried to thank Old Trafford for its support this season. The Dutchman addressed the crowd following the end of United's last game of the season against Bournemouth. Manchester United's 3-1 victory sealed European football next season with a fifth placed finish in the league, but their inferior goal difference meant they missed out on Champions League qualification to rivals Manchester City. The result was only good enough to …
Defeat at Upton Park - Final Straw that gets Van Gaal the Sack?

Defeat at Upton Park - Final Straw that gets Van Gaal the Sack?

Manchester United fell way short of expectations in what was certainly an eventful encounter at Upton Park, right from when the team bus entered the stadium, or were not allowed to in today's case, to the final whistle and that saw an emotional crowd bidding farewell to one of England's hallowed stadiums in recent memory. It was a game, an opportunity handed to Manchester United on a platter to redeem their disappointing season thus far, by their neighbours and rivals …
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