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Michael Jones

Football & political writer with a predictable love of everything retro. English Literature undergraduate at the University of Exeter, looking to pursue a career in sports journalism. For a collection of my work, visit. http://mikejonesmedia.wordpress.com

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Premier League
Should Manchester United sell David De Gea?
09:01 Saturday 14th September 2019

David De Gea is about to put pen to paper on a £375k-a-week salary. Or, he isn’t. No, he is. Actually, just give us a few more minutes please? We’d like to look over the menu again.  The Spaniard’s to-and-fro with…

Premier League
Why Fred must start for Manchester United
08:00 Saturday 7th September 2019

Manchester United have lacked control in games this season, yet forgotten man Fred can unlock Paul Pogba’s talent and bring stability to a thus-far jagged and loose midfield.  United have been disposed the third-most in the…

European Championships
What must Ryan Giggs change to ensure Wales qualify for Euro 2020?
12:00 Wednesday 4th September 2019

Ryan Giggs is facing a defining moment in his managerial career. Wales’ poor start to Euro 2020 qualification leaves the possibility of another red wave cascading over the continent – a la France 2016 - in jeopardy.  Back-to-back…

Championship
Can Swansea City maintain their promotion push?
09:01 Saturday 31st August 2019

Swansea City’s blistering start to the season has shocked and delighted in equal measure.  An air of hesitation hovered over the club entering the campaign, yet those clouds of doubt have since parted, with entertaining football…

Premier League
Are Tottenham, Pochettino too predictable?
09:00 Thursday 29th August 2019

Tottenham Hotspur have been wretched in the Premier League since the turn of the year. After dispatching relegation-bound Cardiff City, 3-0, on 1 January, Spurs have been pedestrian, predictable and ponderous.  A look at last…

Champions League
Champions League: English teams' prospects heading into matchday 2
08:00 Tuesday 2nd October 2018

England has four teams in Champions League action over the next two days. Tonight, Manchester City is away at Hoffenheim and neighbours United host Valencia. Then on Wednesday, Liverpool travel to Napoli while Tottenham Hotspur welcomes Barcelona.…

Premier League
Why Manchester United should replace Mourinho with Nuno Espirito Santo
15:00 Tuesday 25th September 2018

Manchester United have been found wanting in many things so far this season, but narrative isn’t one of them. Sir Alex Ferguson’s return to Old Trafford was a poignant reminder that there only ever used to be one story-line when…

Premier League
Is it already do or die for Newcastle United?
15:00 Wednesday 19th September 2018

St James’ Park briefly stirred. For the first 45 minutes, Newcastle United showed up their glamorous visitors, Arsenal. It was an encouraging half, but a curling Granit Xhaka free-kick and a coy strike from Mesut Ozil shortly before the…

Premier League
Equal time: Marcus Rashford must specialise or risk wasting talent
08:00 Saturday 15th September 2018

When Jose Mourinho walked through Carrington on his first day, he knew he had to deliver on two key fronts. Returning Manchester United to the top headed the list, scrawled in bold, block caps. But continuing to trial and promote…

Premier League
Danny Rose, Marvin Sordell and the crucial fight against depression
12:00 Wednesday 12th September 2018

Identity is a strange thing. There is the tangible side of the equation, the one that includes your passport, your driving licence, your name and your birth certificate. Legally speaking, that is who you are. But who are we, really? Are we…

International
Ryan Giggs, Wales and a Golden Generation
08:00 Sunday 9th September 2018

Ryan Giggs’ first competitive home game in charge of Wales was primed with a poetic quality from the get-go. Successful forays into China and Mexico in the 11 months since Wales last played in front of a home crowd had helped to ease…

Womens Football
FA Women's Super League 1: How are all 11 teams shaping up?
08:00 Saturday 18th August 2018

In a bid to quell the French and German monopoly on the Champions League, the WSL has been reorganised to ensure those in the top tier – WSL 1 – have the necessary finances to compete in Europe. Not since Arsenal won the trophy…

Premier League
Why this is a defining year for Ross Barkley
12:00 Tuesday 14th August 2018

Ross Barkley's £15 million move from Everton to Chelsea, last January, was hailed as remarkable value for a midfielder with boundless potential. So remarkable, Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson thought it bordered on the criminal…

Premier League
Equal Time: Why Tottenham will miss out the Champions League spots
12:00 Friday 10th August 2018

Daniel Levy’s frugal approach will come back to bite him where it hurts, in Tottenham’s pocket. Failure to bolster Mauricio Pochettino’s squad will condemn Spurs to missing out on the gilded Champions League. Whether…

Premier League
Aaron Ramsey to Chelsea makes no sense
16:15 Friday 3rd August 2018

Aaron Ramsey’s mooted move to Chelsea would make no sense for all three parties involved. Ramsey’s reticence to sign a new contract is a symptom of Arsenal’s past negotiations; specifically, Mesut Ozil holding back on putting…