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Premier League
Manchester United's road form no yellow brick road
08:00 Monday 22nd April 2019

At this point, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should adopt a Scottish terrier, name him Toto, go to sleep, and wait for a tornado to transport the Carrington training complex to Oz. His Manchester United squad need brains, heart and courage. Especially…

Premier League
What is a Premier League goal worth?
12:00 Thursday 18th April 2019

Goals win games; defence wins titles. Recently, the adage metamorphosed into an argument on how to play the game rather than the intended lesson in maintaining a proper tactical balance. Keeping clean sheets is important. Opponents can’t…

Champions League
Ode to Diego Simeone
12:00 Saturday 16th March 2019

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle reluctantly. He’s even more reticent about booking players. All that paperwork, I guess. Whatever his reasons, Kuiper’s forbearance makes for a fluid game. Juventus began their Champions…

Managerial News
Positivity isn't easy in the Premier League
09:00 Thursday 28th February 2019

Both by design and demand, the influx of foreign managers to the Premier League bring with them a new brand of football. Some implement their tactics successfully. Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte rewrote the record books. Other managers struggle.…

Premier League
Does Paul Pogba care too much?
08:00 Monday 18th February 2019

It's said you can't please everyone. I have an ex-wife and therefore know this to be true. Paul Pogba plays for Manchester United whose fans are only too happy to confirm the statement for him. We all know Jose Mourinho made the…

Premier League
Is Victor Lindelof finally finding his feet at Old Trafford?
09:00 Thursday 7th February 2019

In two-and-a-half seasons at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho never found his ideal centre-back pair. Known for his conservative approach, he bought Eric Bailly in his first season, Victor Lindelof the next. Fans were convinced the duo's…

Tactical Analysis
How Stephen Hawking explained the central midfielder
17:00 Wednesday 6th February 2019

Arguably, the most impressive human being to live a full life in the chronological sense was Stephen Hawking, the noted physicist. In his early 20s, he was diagnosed with ALS, a motor neuron disease that slowly paralyses the body. He was given…

Premier League
Three positions Manchester United must improve to kickstart next season
08:00 Thursday 31st January 2019

Jose Mourinho's transfer woes at Manchester United were well-documented. Two years ago, the club failed to sign Ivan Perisic for allegedly refusing to meet his £50 million release clause. Rumours now point the Croatian World…

Tactical Analysis
Do some players just rub managers the wrong way?
08:00 Monday 28th January 2019

We all encounter people we just can't stand to be around. Take it from me, the worst thing you can do is marry them. When you and your partner have different ideas about everything, it's difficult to build a functional let alone lasting…

Opinion
How did the player become bigger than the manager?
17:30 Sunday 27th January 2019

Football isn't what it once was. Many players hold more power than the manager, if you listen to some, to the extent they determine who stays at the club and who doesn’t. It is now more than the game as there is more to be seen behind…

Premier League
At a crossroads in his career, does Istanbul suit Mourinho?
18:40 Friday 28th December 2018

Jose Mourinho is a water bottle filled with contradiction, shaken, kicked about, spilled on your best shirt and yet still drunk with gusto. If you lined up a hundred psychoanalysts all experienced in profiling the most twisted minds, none would…

Premier League
Don't write off Manchester United's top-four hopes
09:00 Friday 28th December 2018

He's only two games into his tenure, but it's fair to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought the feel-good factor back to Manchester United. The Baby Faced Assassin has already added six points to the Red Devils' Premier League…

Premier League
On Ronaldo, Pogba and apples falling from trees
08:00 Friday 7th December 2018

Apples and oranges. Supposedly, you can't compare the two because they're different. You need a sharp tool to peel and slice an apple whereas your fingers will do for the orange that comes conveniently presliced. There is no such thing…

Premier League
Tata Martino to Manchester United? Why not?
15:30 Saturday 1st December 2018

The Royal Family's much more popular in Britain than the Glazers. In the United States too. For that matter, probably the entire planet. Networks aren't going to drop everything to broadcast a Glazer wedding assuming anyone will…

Premier League
Mourinho v Sir Alex: Winning as a means and an end
17:00 Tuesday 27th November 2018

You want to believe in a manager who's won multiple Champions Leagues and titles in four top-flight competitions. Jose Mourinho makes that difficult. You're never certain what game he's playing. Even when you understand he's…