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 …
Eden Hazard - How Far Can He Go?

Eden Hazard - How Far Can He Go?

Eden Hazard reached 100 league games for Chelsea at the weekend which is a great achievement, but the Belgian has the potential to achieve a lot more than he already has in London. Since joining Chelsea on the back of their Champions League triumph, Hazard has yet to win a major trophy as the Champions League and the Premier League have both eluded him. Although the latter appears to be Chelsea's this season, Hazard will want to become central in …
Liverpool's 3-4-1-2 | Not so different after all? Tactical Analysis

Liverpool's 3-4-1-2 | Not so different after all? Tactical Analysis

This article will take a look at the “new” 3-4-1-2 of Liverpool FC when in-possession. It will then compare the 4-2-3-1 formation to the 3-4-1-2, using Crystal Palace (5th October 2013) and Norwich (19th January 2013) as precedents. This article considers the in-possession formation only. This isn’t the first time Liverpool have experimented with a back three under Brendan Rodgers, as Liverpool used a 3-4-1-2 around this time last year for a short period of time. Chris Davies (Liverpool’s Head …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
Wayne Rooney: Play-maker Role – Aye or Nay?

Wayne Rooney: Play-maker Role – Aye or Nay?

Not too long ago, when Wayne Rooney was injured, criticised for his performance against Everton in the opening day of the season and even rumoured to want to leave United, I wrote an article about how we shouldn't write him off just yet (http://bit.ly/R0DG13). So far this season Rooney is still looking for his first Premier League goal however after his three goals in the International Break I would bet on him grabbing one soon. A few weeks on, Rooney has …
Sweden - What to expect at Euro 2012

Sweden - What to expect at Euro 2012

Sweden may not have many punters backing them at the European championships this season, but there is an undeniable level of skill, ability and quality in their side that travels to Poland/Ukraine for Euro 2012, typified by their captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The punters should be wary of this team as they have the ability to win big games with this colossus leading them. Sweden have featured at the European championships a total of four times, with this years appearance being …