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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…

Premier League
Is Fellaini's haircut a problem Manchester United didn't need?
09:00 Monday 26th November 2018

You've been away to a trade conference for a fortnight. When you left, things weren't going too well at the office. The conference ended on a sour note, as well. You're in a bit of a rut and feel like you need to shake things up…

Premier League
Money now dominates the Manchester Derby
09:00 Sunday 11th November 2018

As mentioned in previous ramblings, I didn't come to football until later in life. I grew up in Canada, played hockey in the street and schoolyards all year round, only kicking a ball during recess at school, where hockey sticks were…

Premier League
What Mourinho, Manchester United can learn from Borussia Dortmund
08:00 Thursday 1st November 2018

So much has been said and written about José Mourinho's and Manchester United's lack of centre-backs signing in the last transfer window. And that to the extent that many Old Trafford faithful are quick to explain away the club's…

Premier League
Mourinho and the art of wielding trust as a management tool
17:00 Thursday 27th September 2018

Consensus decrees managing an elite club’s a different kettle of fish. Why? The answer’s simple. Competition’s about proving yourself. Are you better than the rest? Players and clubs must always ask the question then seek…

Champions League
Mourinho v Martial? Peace in our time?
09:00 Saturday 22nd September 2018

Logic and emotion work on the same principle. Whether rational or not, one reacts to the facts at hand. When those facts change, so does one’s reaction. Football fans tend to take the emotional route. They latch onto the facts which best…

Champions League
2018/19 Champions League preview: Real Madrid turnover, Juventus intent
08:00 Monday 17th September 2018

The 2018/19 campaign may be a watershed for UEFA. Signs portend the dawn of a new era. The continental federation awarded Luka Modric its best player award, recently. FIFA may follow suit, bestowing the Ballon d'Or on a player not named…

Premier League
Jose Mourinho, the fans' manager
08:00 Wednesday 29th August 2018

Goals win games; defence wins titles. It’s a mantra held high as the ultimate truth in all team sports. Goals might be changed to touchdowns or hitting, defence to pitching. Nevertheless, the best teams know how to stop their opponent’s…

Usa
Why can't MLS teams defend?
17:00 Friday 17th August 2018

If you’re a Manchester United fan hoping against hope that Jose Mourinho will allow his attackers to live up to their name rather than be auxiliary defenders, Major League Soccer is an excellent refuge. Very few teams in the league can…

Premier League
Living hand to mouth with Mourinho
08:00 Thursday 16th August 2018

Two things make my life interesting these days. First, I’m a Manchester United fan. Second, I don’t like Jose Mourinho. I imagine the conflicting emotions are a bit like your mother remarrying. No can replace your dad. Everything…

Premier League
Premier League preview: Is Manchester United in disarray or just disrespected?
09:00 Thursday 9th August 2018

Manchester United Football Club achieved a second-placed finish in the 2017/18 campaign; their highest position post-Sir Alex Ferguson. That said, Jose Mourinho's Red Devils eventually finished some nineteen-points off the pace. That gap…

Premier League
Manchester United can get back to winning ways by getting back to Fergie's way
09:00 Friday 27th July 2018

Not everyone has children but we all started out as one. At some point, a parent tried to get you to do something you’d never done, maybe a push-up or chin-up, maybe just walking across the balance beam in the local playground. Life to…

Premier League
Manchester United's Anthony Martial has the good sense to let his agent do the talking
12:00 Tuesday 19th June 2018

Every football talent worth his salt has a good agent. Most hire one to whom they can relate. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho employs Jorge Mendes, who is to football players and managers what Bob Baffert is to Kentucky Derby and Triple…

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