Paulo Dybala would cause tactical headache for Manchester United

Paulo Dybala would cause tactical headache for Manchester United

BBC Sport report that Manchester United have entered into talks over Juventus striker Paulo Dybala. The Italian giants are looking to take Romelu Lukaku to Serie A, which has created the possibility of a swap deal. It is unlikely that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had the 25-year-old on his list of targets at the start of the summer, but an opportunity to sign a world class player can't be turned down. Although the deal is at an early stage, supporters are …
Manchester United are right to target Sean Longstaff

Manchester United are right to target Sean Longstaff

Manchester United continue to be linked to Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to stamp his identity on the current squad. The Mirror report that the Red Devils are closing in on a £25 million deal to bring the 21-year-old to Old Trafford.  Although this information goes against quotes from the player who stated that he was happy at his hometown club, despite the rumours. It will be difficult for Manchester United to complete a deal …
PSG vs Manchester United | Champions League Preview

PSG vs Manchester United | Champions League Preview

Manchester United are facing a difficult task if they are to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League as they have to overcome a two-goal deficit against PSG away from home. Taking the away goals rule into account, it looks impossible for the Premier League side. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to surprise in the Old Trafford hot-seat and is the man responsible for one of the greatest comebacks in the history of this competition. The team can go into …
Solskjaer - Tactical Genius or Simple Strategist?

Solskjaer - Tactical Genius or Simple Strategist?

Jose Mourinho is famed for his studious dissection of rival teams ahead of games, often shaping or adapting his own tactics and team selections to counter any particular threats they may pose. It’s an approach that brought silverware at every club he has managed since FC Porto, but hardly one that was ever going to endear him to United fans, who craved cavalier attacking football. Ultimately, Mourinho lost both the support of the players and the fans at Man Utd, …
Southampton vs Cardiff City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Southampton vs Cardiff City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

This Saturday, Southampton take on Cardiff City at St Mary’s. The fixture will kick off at 3.07 as all fixtures begin 7 minutes later in memory of the Hillsborough disaster. The game comes with Cardiff desperately in need of points, but Southampton safe and with nothing to play for except maintaining their 8th position. Some of Southampton’s players are playing for World Cup spots however, so the game is sure to be an extremely competitive one. The Saints have had a …
Cardiff City 3 Liverpool 6 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Cardiff City 3 Liverpool 6 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool turned the screw on their title rivals with a crucial three points against relegation-scrapping Cardiff City. It was a topsy-turvy encounter with some early scares for the Reds, and going behind twice eventually turned it into an out-scoring contest which Liverpool felt confident they could win. Cardiff shaped up with 3 at the back, and two wing backs in Declan John and Fabio Da Silva, with a view to sitting back and remaining compact. With a midfield 1-2 of …
Manager Impact Index - The Return

Manager Impact Index - The Return

After an 8 game sabbatical (work taking over my time) I've now been able to update the Manager Impact Index with up to date figures, including the 3 newbies to the Premier League, Sherwood, Mel and Solskjaer.  More on those later. Just as a reminder, the MII is a way of tracking and scoring each teams managers impacts on any particular game.  Castrol have a Manager League Table on the LMA website (here) which is based on wins and losses, goals …
Do 'Super Subs' Really Exist? Edin Dzeko & Javier Hernandez Analysis

Do 'Super Subs' Really Exist? Edin Dzeko & Javier Hernandez Analysis