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Can fixture congestion actually be beneficial?

The generally accepted consensus in football is that fewer fixtures is always of benefit. It’s partly behind the calls for England to introduce a winter break and it’s why many teams choose to play ‘weakened’ sides in cup matches, either to give players a rest or because they don’t really mind going out of the cup as they can focus ... Read More »

St Etienne fans don’t care for the score; they sing when they’re losing

Manchester’s two football halves each played European matches midweek, sky blue portion at home Tuesday, red contingent away Wednesday. Both sides won their matches, one ensuring progress to their competition’s next stage, the other going some way towards the same goal in theirs. Both sides also played French clubs, yet their opponents’ attitudes towards the fixtures were surprisingly polarized. Read More »

5 Talking points from Manchester United’s Europa League win

Manchester United clinched a first-leg win against French side St. Etienne to all but end the tie and guarantee progression into the next round of the Europa League. Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged his first hat-trick in a United shirt, whilst the Pogba brothers (Paul and Florentin) squared up against one another for the first time in their careers.  Read More »

English clubs need to start taking the Europa League seriously

Over the years, the true value of the Europa League as a competition has been questioned by English football fans but it needs to be regarded as a prestigious tournament. Manchester United and Tottenham are in the Round of 32 and have the potential to progress to the latter stages as long as they don’t underestimate the other teams. Read More »

Manchester United’s Rollercoaster Season So Far

After a great performance in the EFL Cup last night; beating West Ham 4-1, it seems that this game was another high in the rollercoaster season of Manchester United. The result came without the services of Jose Mourinho, who was handed a touchline ban for kicking a water bottle away in the previous game. Read More »

How fans reacted to Robin van Persie’s Manchester United return

Robin van Persie made a sensational return to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday. The Dutch striker who was a cult hero during his three years at the club faced his former employers for the first time since his £3.84 million departure to Turkish giants, Fenerbahçe, in 2015. Read More »

Just how do Manchester United treat the Europa League?

After the horrors of last year where Manchester United finished in fifth, which meant they missed out on Champions League qualification, The Red Devils have been left with the ‘consequences’ of having to play in the Europa League yet again. Read More »

Spanish clubs dominate the European competitions

The facts don’t lie. And we can’t deny that. The Spanish clubs are ruling on European turf. And it’s not only the traditional giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, other clubs like Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have marked their presence felt. Read More »

Guess who’s back? : Why Klopp’s Dortmund return is a good indicator of Liverpool’s development

The tie appeared almost an eventuality even before the first ball was picked in Friday’s Europa League draw. Just as Liverpool were destined to meet Manchester United for the first time in European competition in the previous round, it could be argued that it was written in the stars that the team from Merseyside were always going to draw manager ... Read More »

Europa League a Possibility for Chelsea

If the Premier League was six games old, Chelsea would sit just behind Spurs in second place after a solid start to the season. Unfortunately, for Blue’s fans it isn’t, their nightmare start to the season happened, they gave up any hope of defending their title by November and sacked Jose Mourinho before Christmas. Read More »

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