Ecuador vs France Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group E

Ecuador vs France Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group E

Ecuador must better Switzerland's result against Honduras if they are to go through to the last 16, but face tough opposition in Didier Deschamps' France side, who stuck five past Switzerland on Friday night. Goal difference may be key in to who goes through with France to the last 16, with Switzerland on minus two, while Ecuador are on zero. France have been one of the teams to watch so far this World Cup, boasting the best goal difference, winning …
Malaise, Moyes and Manchester United

Malaise, Moyes and Manchester United

Spanish duo eye Ilori loan deal

Spanish duo eye Ilori loan deal

Tiago Ilori is being chased by 2 Spanish clubs this transfer window, both with an eye on a loan deal until the end of the season and possibly beyond. Ilori, 20, has not made a single first team appearance for Liverpool since his summer move from Sporting Lisbon for a fee believed to be £7million pounds. Both Granada and Valencia are very keen to take Ilori on loan during January however, Granada appear to be in the driving seat to …
Becca's PL Round-Up | Arsenal stay top, Sturridge back & Top 7 win!

Becca's PL Round-Up | Arsenal stay top, Sturridge back & Top 7 win!

Manchester United got back to winning ways, after 3 defeats on the bounce, with a 2-0 victory against Swansea at Old Trafford. Adnan Januzaj inspired the comfortable victory by having a hand in both of the second half goals, scored by Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck. Despite only having 38% of the overall possession, United created 11 chances to Swansea's 8, and took their chances when it mattered. David Moyes will be pleased  that his side have managed to get three points …
The Race for Soldado | Chance Conversion Rate Comparison

The Race for Soldado | Chance Conversion Rate Comparison

28-year-old Valencia and Spanish forward Roberto Soldado has been linked with possible moves to Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, with the former club seeming to be in pole position with a reported price tag of €30 million (the release clause in his contract). But how does he compare with the 2012/2013 Premier League top strikers? A great La Liga campaign from Real Sociedad denied captain Soldado and his Valencia team a Champions League position, but Spanish forward can …
Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Wayne Rooney made a bold statement  that if there’s one team that he wants to beat this season, it’s Sunderland. Despite beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final game of last season, Manchester City’s comeback against QPR ensured the Premier League trophy went to the blue half of Manchester. In what was a tense and nervy wait for the United players it was the Sunderland fans who delivered the news that City had won the title with ironic cheers that irked …
Will the Real Number 7 Please Step Up? Nani Vs Valencia Stats Comparison

Will the Real Number 7 Please Step Up? Nani Vs Valencia Stats Comparison

When Michael Owen was released from Manchester United recently, Valencia stepped up to become Manchester United’s new Number 7. However, it is my strong belief that Nani should have been the one to don the jersey instead. Why, you might ask? Before we get into my rationale, let’s explore the significance of the Number 7, and Manchester United’s love affair with that number. History To sum it in one word, it’s the history. That’s the best way to try to …
Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United's New Midfield Maestro | Stats

Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United's New Midfield Maestro | Stats

Sir Alex Ferguson has completed the signing of Shinji Kagawa and the Japanese international has officially joined the stable of premier attacking options at Old Trafford.  Our own @RedMancunia touched briefly on the quality of Manchester United's wingers as compared to the rest of the league in his post here, and the addition of Kagawa to the mix should only increase the depth of attacking options already at Ferguson's disposal.  Kagawa will also add another option in the centre of …
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