Hector Bellerin: Emergence of a Star

Hector Bellerin: Emergence of a Star

Arriving alongside Jon Toral in the summer of the 2011/12 season, Hector Bellerin’s transfer to Arsenal was a largely under-the-radar affair. There was little fan-fare, apart from the fact that Arsenal had managed to pinch two more players from Barcelona’s youth setup for a combined fee of under £1 million. He signed his first professional contract with Arsenal two years later in the summer of 2013, making his first appearance as a late substitute in a League Cup tie against …
Player Performance Analysis | Darmian vs Aston Villa

Player Performance Analysis | Darmian vs Aston Villa

Manchester United ground out another close win at Villa Park making it two wins out of two in the new season in a game where Louis Van Gaal's side looked more comfortable at the back than they were going forward again, quite strangely, as very few would have expected such a scenario unfolding on the back of all the issues they face right from the goalkeeper dilemma to the pressing need to bring in a top centre-half to play alongside …
Matchday One: Five Most Impressive Premier League Debutants

Matchday One: Five Most Impressive Premier League Debutants

The Premier League exercised its spending power this summer, and not just the teams you would expect; the rise of the British pound and the league's TV deal has given mid-table teams impressive resources as well, allowing them to poach talent from Europe's other top leagues. Here are five debutants who were exceptional in their first Premier League match for their new club. *Note: Cabaye considered a "Premier League debutant" despite having played in England before because he signed from overseas. …
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 …
Projecting Manchester United's Starting XI and Formation vs Spurs

Projecting Manchester United's Starting XI and Formation vs Spurs

Manchester United fans' wait is almost over, with the Red Devils hosting Tottenham on Saturday morning in their first Premier League fixture of the new season. It is also the season's first competitive game at Old Trafford, a stadium to which European football will return after a one-year hiatus. Louis van Gaal's has masterminded another transfer-filled summer, and may not be done just yet. The sale of record Premier League signing Angel di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain is nearly complete, with …
Manchester United - What 15/16 season could have in store

Manchester United - What 15/16 season could have in store

Manchester United have splurged on good quality players this transfer window, and there is no denying the fact that the expectations of the fans would be sky-high. Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger will be looking to strengthen the midfield and Rooney would be looking to continue his good spell. On paper, this seems to be a perfect setting for United to make a run for the trophy. Let's take a look at the facts though, and see if Manchester United can really …
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