Real Madrid v Manchester United Preview: UEFA Super Cup 2017

Real Madrid v Manchester United Preview: UEFA Super Cup 2017

On the 8th of August 2017, two of the most widely supported football clubs in the world in Real Madrid and Manchester United will lock horns for the first piece of silverware on offer as current holders of the two European trophies - the Champions League and Europa League, respectively. Real Madrid have had a disappointing pre-season, in complete contrast to their double-winning 2016/17 campaign - in the preparatory International Champions Cup 2017 - where the reigning European Champions were …
Manchester United: 2017/18 Season Preview

Manchester United: 2017/18 Season Preview

Manchester United have had an eye-catching summer as they have made three high-profile signings to date and hope to make more before the end of the season. In his first season in charge, Jose Mourinho managed to win two trophies and has taken the club back into the Champions League, but an improvement is needed in the league if he is to secure his own position. United finished 6th last season and didn't come close to a title challenge. A …
The 2017 Transfer Window Soap Opera: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The 2017 Transfer Window Soap Opera: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Playing Musical Chairs - Exchanging Strikers with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal It’s crazy time. The Welcome To and Exit doors are swinging in and out and the new are replacing the old. Clubs are scurrying in hopes of improving their position in last season’s table or, in Chelsea’s case, hanging on to that coveted top slot. Arsenal, for the first time in Arsène Wenger’s tenure with the club, has dropped out of the Champions League competition and, with the …
May the Fors be with Mourinho?

May the Fors be with Mourinho?

Once the news of Manchester United allegedly contacting the agent of RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg were perpetrated by Calciomercato.it, I switched my focus to two very specific questions which I needed answers to - and one of them is not how good the player is/has been at his previous club or whether he could fit in at Manchester United because that could wait until the information is more concrete - it's rather wet cement at this stage. Why Emil …
Lukaku and Rashford 'could' be United's new Yorke and Cole

Lukaku and Rashford 'could' be United's new Yorke and Cole

Ambitious title, isn't it?  When Lukaku and Rashford started together for the first time at Manchester United, in a fairly historic event - the first Manchester derby held outside of UK and the first time the two sides faced each other after the horrific terrorist/suicide bomber attack in May, there was as much excitement among the United fans as there was respect from both sides, on the pitch and the terraces in Houston, who made it nothing less than a …
Analysing Alvaro Morata's imminent move to Chelsea

Analysing Alvaro Morata's imminent move to Chelsea

Chelsea were dealt a blow in their preparations for the new season when Romelu Lukaku moved to Manchester United. There were many in the game that expected the Belgian to return to Stamford Bridge, but he has ended up joining up with his former Blues' manager at Old Trafford. Antonio Conte would have been frustrated by losing out on his number one target, but they have recovered quickly and are now moving closer to signing a new striker. They have …
Is Olivier Giroud to West Ham the perfect move for all parties?

Is Olivier Giroud to West Ham the perfect move for all parties?

This summer marks five years since Arsenal lost their captain, Robin Van Persie, to title rivals Manchester United for a measly 24 million pounds. The deal was in the pipeline for some time, leading Arsene Wenger to seek attacking alternatives. A month earlier he had turned to Montpellier’s top goal scorer during their first ever Ligue 1 winning campaign, Frenchman Olivier Giroud. “He has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic,” …
Ross Barkley's problem is Ross Barkley himself

Ross Barkley's problem is Ross Barkley himself

When Everton announced the much-awaited capture of Davy Klaassen from Ajax this past week, Toffees fans were left rejoicing at the prospect of watching a quality player don the famed Blue jersey. Everton’s interest in the Dutchman wasn’t made to look like a secret by reports, which had linked Klaassen to the Merseyside club weeks before the €27 million switch. But as the Blue half of the city celebrated, one individual at Merseyside would have been reeking with uncertainty. And …
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