Michael Carrick: Manchester United's Main Man

Michael Carrick: Manchester United's Main Man

When it is was announced by Louis Van Gaal that Michael Carrick would miss the remainder of the season Manchester United fans got very nervous. They got nervous because the difference in United’s fortunes this season with and without the veteran midfielder has been jarringly obvious. The 33 year old midfielder has solidified his importance to the United team in his later years perhaps allowing people to see how under-appreciated he has been in recent times. Despite Van Gaal’s summer …
Coquelin, Carrick and Matic: The Men Holding The Midfield

Coquelin, Carrick and Matic: The Men Holding The Midfield

The holding midfield role is one of the most important positions on the pitch. You expect your holding midfielder to dictate the game and pull the strings to your side's benefit. Someone who can read the game expertly, seek out dangerous attacks and cut them out at source, before starting your attack. If you look at the great Premier League teams at their heart has been a robust central midfielder who set the tempo for the players around them to …
Manchester United v Hull City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Manchester United v Hull City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

An away win at last for Manchester United under Louis Van Gaal and what a place to get those 3 points from. Easily the headline result of last week when United beat old rivals Arsenal at the Emirates in a game neither side wanted to lose. A game of two halves, I must say, as Arsenal launched a wave of attacks in the first 45 but ended the half with nothing to show for all their efforts, with David De …
Hodgson's Headache: Who Will Miss Out? Henderson? Lampard? Carrick?

Hodgson's Headache: Who Will Miss Out? Henderson? Lampard? Carrick?

So, it's World Cup year. The Premier League is filled with the extra inspiration for players that they have to catch the eye of their national team managers. For England, there have been quite a few names that have come out of the woodwork, and so Roy Hodgson has been given the cliched 'selection headache' that graces every England manager before a big competition. The main area where some of the most expected big names are in danger of facing …
England's Strongest XI? Wilshere, Townsend, Rooney & Sturridge?

England's Strongest XI? Wilshere, Townsend, Rooney & Sturridge?

After two defeats in the last week, England fans are again at their most pessimistic heading into a World Cup year. Being beaten by Germany is always tough for England fans, but a somewhat second string Germany side makes the defeat all the worst. Friday night’s loss against Chile was also a bad result, albeit with an experimental English side. What the two games showed is that England do not possess much depth. Injuries aside, the team against Germany was …
QPR vs Manchester United Match Preview

QPR vs Manchester United Match Preview

Manchester United travel to QPR tomorrow in what is a must win game for both teams, for very different reasons. Manchester United find themselves 12 points clear at the top of the table and a win would put them one game closer to their 13th Premier League title, whilst QPR sit at the bottom of the table seven points from safety. Harry Redknapp will be trying to replicate his recent successes against the top sides, after picking up a shock win …
Stoke City vs Manchester United | Match Preview & Stats

Stoke City vs Manchester United | Match Preview & Stats

Stoke City and Manchester United both sit in rather different positions in the Premier League table at this current time, Stoke's years of uncompromisingly physical football appear to have caught up with them as Tony Pulis' men have found themselves slipping down the table since Christmas with the Potters now fully involved in a relegation dogfight. Conversely Manchester United have gone from strength to strength over the span of the same time period with Sir Alex Ferguson leading his charges …
Arsenal vs Manchester United | Stats & Match Preview

Arsenal vs Manchester United | Stats & Match Preview

Newly crowned Premier League Champions Manchester United begin their final four games of the season with a trip to London to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium which since its opening in 2006 hasn't been a very happy hunting ground at all for Sir Alex Ferguson's men. Manchester United have won just two of the League fixtures played between the two sides at the Emirates since the 2006-2007 season. Unusually for an Arsenal-Manchester United fixture the sole pre-match focus is not on the potentially exceptional ninety minutes …
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