Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho - Whose Changes Yielded Better Results?

Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho - Whose Changes Yielded Better Results?

Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United officially kicked on as the Red Devils took on AFC Bournemouth and thrashed them to a 3-1 victory at the Vitality stadium. Last season also, their last fixture was with Bournemouth and they had the exact same score-line. Ever since then, a lot has changed both on and off the field for United, and the result? Clearly visible. They say that a good manager is the foundation of any victorious team – …
How Herrera's Midfield Masterclass Led to an Impressive Opening Win

How Herrera's Midfield Masterclass Led to an Impressive Opening Win

The much anticipated Premier League has finally begun for Manchester United and new manager Jose Mourinho, as he oversaw a comfortable victory in the South Coast at the Vitality stadium, where the Red Devils were beaten about nine months ago. In a nutshell, it was a typical Mourinho-style performance and result. Manchester United, were very methodical from the outset and in a good way - in that they knew what they were doing in attack and defence and given the …
How Manchester United Could Line Up Under Mourinho

How Manchester United Could Line Up Under Mourinho

With Jose Mourinho keen on giving Manchester United the very best – case in point: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – it becomes arguable as to where Rooney will find himself in the new squad. There is no need to illustrate further on how Ibrahimovic is the ideal number 9 as he has already proven it multiple times. Interestingly, Anthony Martial’s suitability was also displayed last season and with the emergence of Marcus Rashford, Rooney’s importance in the team looks …
Wayne Rooney must play in midfield

Wayne Rooney must play in midfield

Jose Mourinho surprised many with comments this week stating he plans to play Wayne Rooney as a striker and not in midfield as many predicted. The England and Manchester United captain has been playing in centre midfield for Roy Hodgson's side at the European Championships and ended the season with his domestic side as a midfielder - performing well in their final games. However, Mourinho made it clear the captain would be used as a goal threat despite most people …
England's Squad - What Does It Tell Us About Potential Tactics?

England's Squad - What Does It Tell Us About Potential Tactics?

The news that Andros Townsend, Fabian Delph and Danny Drinkwater have been dropped tells us a lot about the possible tactical plans of Roy Hodgson. It is generally agreed that England will play a 4-3-3, or a 4-4-2 diamond, in France this summer. Both formations have been tested in the warm up games and the squad announcement suggests that Hodgson is leaning towards the 4-4-2 diamond. He has included five strikers, while the decision to drop Townsend is particularly interesting …
Remembering When Teams Didn't Have Squad Numbers

Remembering When Teams Didn't Have Squad Numbers

I grew up in the 1980's where Football coverage was completely different to how it is now. For those of you old enough to remember the times before Sky and the Premier League, you will recall there was no Soccer Sunday, no expert analysis, no all seater stadiums and very few players from abroad (ignoring Jesper Olsen & Joel Sivebaek, anyway!). Yes Football in the 80's was on the up, but it was nothing like the financial monster it has …
Can England Really Win Euro 2016?

Can England Really Win Euro 2016?

The bookies currently have England as fourth favourites for winning this summer’s European Championships, a price no doubt influenced by people using their hard earned cash to back Roy Hodgson’s side for victory in France. Two clichés spring to mind for me: “a fool and his money are soon parted” and “you never see a poor bookmaker”. Despite the best efforts of the ITV commentary team to build this England side up as the second coming of the Brazil 1970 …
Ross Barkley - Should He Go to the Euros?

Ross Barkley - Should He Go to the Euros?

The big shocks in the England squad were Marcus Rashford and Andros Townsend being included after both finished the season strongly. However, the inclusion of Ross Barkley hasn't warranted a mention, as he has been a member of the squad throughout qualification. The Everton midfielder has been touted as one of our most talented players for a long time, but he hasn't pushed on as expected. This leaves the question about whether he deserves to make the final 23 man …
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