How Dropping Rooney & Carrick Could Help Balance United

How Dropping Rooney & Carrick Could Help Balance United

Manchester United has looked strong at times early this season, especially in wins over Liverpool and Southampton a few weeks ago. They met a grim reality check, however, at the Emirates before the international break, with the brilliance of Alexis Sanchez leading Arsenal to a 3-0 win over the Reds. Dropping from the top of the table thanks to that loss, United now heads to Goodison Park, a stadium at which they've struggled mightily in recent years, to face Roberto Martinez …
Who could Arsenal sign as real competition for Coquelin?

Who could Arsenal sign as real competition for Coquelin?

Much has been made about Arsenal's lack of a defensive midfield signing, even with the emergence of Francis Coquelin as a Premier League star. The tabloids and back-pages are concentrating on players like Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and William Carvalho. I'm going to be a bit more intelligent and not look at any 'poster boy' replacements for Coquelin, but players who could come to Arsenal and grow alongside Coquelin. A player who'll come in and with their recognised talent, push …
What Has Changed For Manchester United?

What Has Changed For Manchester United?

Although Manchester United haven't quite made the same impression as their cross city rivals have in the opening weeks of the new season, they are both level on points with no goals conceded. After the abysmal start Manchester United had last season, the majority of the clubs' fans would have bitten your hand off if you offered them two unconvincing 1-0 wins to start the season. Six points from their opening fixtures is a noticeable improvement on last season's opening …
Manchester United v Club Brugge KV|Champions League Play-Off

Manchester United v Club Brugge KV|Champions League Play-Off

Having missed out on Europe's elite competition for the first time in 19 years last season, Louis Van Gaal has a huge task in his hands to get Manchester United to where they rightfully belong. Standing in between the Red Devils and a place in the main draw are Belgian side Club Brugge KV who will face the English giants for the first time in their history in a competitive game. United have made a cautious start to their Premier …
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 …
Window Watch: Top 6 Transfers of the Summer So Far

Window Watch: Top 6 Transfers of the Summer So Far

If there's anything that can wet the appetite of football fans around the globe during the interim period when the footballers themselves are on their jollies with wives and girlfriends, it is the noble art of transfers and the transfer window that goes with it. Needless to say, it's been frantic this summer again, with clubs in England flexing their financial muscle, buoyed by the astonishing £5.1bn TV deal that is sure to bring a windfall and of course some …
Manchester United's Projected Formations for 2015-2016

Manchester United's Projected Formations for 2015-2016

Louis van Gaal tinkered with formations quite frequently last year, confusing even the most loyal Manchester United supporters. His determination to use different setups and play stars out of position (see: Rooney, Wayne) rubbed many up the wrong way, but some of it stemmed from lacking the right personnel. With a second transfer window under his belt, Van Gaal seems to have acquired the right players to fit his possession-dominant, high line system. How will that translate tactically? Here are the …
Why This Week’s Biggest Transfers Will Silence Their Critics

Why This Week’s Biggest Transfers Will Silence Their Critics

Marquee signings by Premier League giants are always greeted with the same reception. Those loyal to the receiving club rejoice, praising the manager and chairman alike for exhibiting such vision in bringing such a star to their beloved team. On the flip side, rival fans stew, questioning the ability of a player only weeks before they had praised and paraded as a ‘must buy’ when linked to their own side. Perhaps an element of resentment resides in the hearts of …
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