Could Everton challenge for the top six again?

Could Everton challenge for the top six again?

Everton have had an interesting couple of years under Roberto Martinez, with a 5th and 11th placed finishes. The Spaniard is certainly the right man for the job, with last season's disappointment being largely down to the Europa League. Everton have a very good squad, but it is small and the extra games that the Europa League brought had a negative effect. They have started this season off with two wins, two draws and a defeat, which came against the …
An Analysis of Wayne Rooney's Captaincy

An Analysis of Wayne Rooney's Captaincy

Wayne Rooney has been praised for his commendable captaincy at Manchester United by team-mates, management and outsiders alike, and rightfully so. After completing a decade at the club, Rooney’s determination to win the Premier League as a captain is strongly intact for the next season, thus engaging in a bid to inspire and motivate his men to focus only on the prize. In fact, his temperament as captain has even caught United legend Bryan Robson’s eye, who said that this …
Southampton vs Aston Villa Preview |Team News, Key Men & Stats

Southampton vs Aston Villa Preview |Team News, Key Men & Stats

The early kick-off on Saturday is Southampton versus Aston Villa, with one side in impressive form and the others' season tailing off. Had this game been about 3 months ago you would have applied those descriptions to the opposite team. Villa have turned their season round since Sherwood’s appointment and look set to stave off relegation once again. The Saints on the other hand seem to be allowing their season to peter out in an attempt to avoid Thursday night …
Moyes set to offer Cleverley a new deal

Moyes set to offer Cleverley a new deal

Manchester United boss David Moyes is set to give Tom Cleverley a vote of confidence by offering him a new 5 year deal. Cleverley, who has struggled to perform this season, has found himself a victim of some hard criticism from both England and Manchester United fans this season. England fans have gone as far as to start an online petition against Cleverley being part of the national set up. He was booed as his name was read out during …
Malaise, Moyes and Manchester United

Malaise, Moyes and Manchester United

World Cup Hopefuls Wilshere, Cleverley, Henderson and Barkley Compared

World Cup Hopefuls Wilshere, Cleverley, Henderson and Barkley Compared

With the 2014 World Cup now glittering in the distance it is standard procedure for every football fan in England to select their own England squad. Their own formation. Their own route to glory. However, this time it seems slightly harder. England are not exactly blessed by world class squad depth, nor are they blessed with a world class starting XI. But, and this is a big but, the Three Lions are blessed with a potentially promising crop of young …
Why Manchester United Need a Central Midfielder Now More Than Ever

Why Manchester United Need a Central Midfielder Now More Than Ever

As pre-season continues, the almost annual cry for Manchester United to sign a new midfielder has been ringing in the ears of all Premier League fans. For several years, this cry has fallen on deaf ears as Sir Alex Ferguson decided what he had was good enough and decided not to purchase a central midfielder. This year there is no Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes has retired and David Moyes is in need of a marquee signing.  Many have felt …
United vs Norwich Preview

United vs Norwich Preview

Following their blistering start to the season Manchester United's recent games have begun to highlight their defensive problems. Whilst bedding in a new goal-keeper makes any team somewhat vulnerable defensively, David De Gea has not been helped by the ease at which teams have breached the defensive lines in front of him. Currently, he has made the highest number of saves (32) in the league, giving him a saves/shots ratio of 86%. Against Stoke and Basel, United should have lost …
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