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Premier League
Is it too early to predict a Premier League Top-6 splinter?
08:01 Saturday 14th September 2019

Four matches are a flimsy hook on which to hang your hat. The Premier League table tends to be an unrecognizable clutter in the early doors. Nearer ten games, however, things begin to fall into place. The problem is that the media…

Spain
Should Kepa start over De Gea?
17:00 Sunday 8th September 2019

Robert Moreno repeatedly insists he has no first-choice goalkeeper in the Spanish national team. His preference for Kepa Arrizabalaga in four successive matches contradicts that claim. The question is whether we should second-guess…

Premier League
Roy Keane refuses to bridge the generation gap
12:00 Sunday 8th September 2019

Roy Keane went home to Ireland for one night to appear at a charity event. In the process, he set the Twitterverse alight. The event was a two-hour chat with Off the Ball Roadshow hosts David Molloy and Nathan Murphy in front of a packed audience…

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…

Womens Football
What can Manchester United women expect in the WSL?
17:00 Friday 6th September 2019

Fourteen years ago, Manchester United as a corporation decided that women’s football was not profitable. They disbanded the team to avoid taking a loss. Over time, attitudes as well as trends, change. Now, women's football is a potential…

Premier League
Why does Manchester United raise a red flag with South American players?
12:01 Thursday 29th August 2019

If you count Brazilian-born uncapped Italian international Rodrigo Possebon, 18 South Americans have featured for Manchester United in the Premier League era. As a group, they haven’t fared well. While the Premier League doesn’t…

Premier League
Why the Premier League transfer window should still be open
12:01 Tuesday 27th August 2019

We are now two weeks and three matchdays into the Premier League season. The transfer window closed before it all began. Teams have no excuses. They know the cards they’ve been dealt. There will be no late deals that may disrupt the squad…

Premier League
Are Premier League match officials undermining VAR?
17:01 Sunday 25th August 2019

The problem with VAR is not that it erodes the human element in football. It’s that it leaves it in place. VAR stands for video assistant referee, not assisted review. It’s a person watching a monitor to make a decision. Instances…

Italy
Will Inter move rejuvenate Alexis Sanchez's career?
12:01 Saturday 24th August 2019

Alexis Sanchez enjoyed the brightest days of his career at Arsenal. He was a fan favourite at the Emirates Stadium before swapping the Gunners for Manchester United. After switching to Old Trafford, his career took a different turn.  …

Premier League
The Ballad of Paul and Marcus
08:00 Friday 23rd August 2019

If the Beatles were a football club who would take the penalties? Would it be just one band member? Each of the Fab Four wrote hit singles for the group, including Ringo Starr. In my mind’s eye, I see Ringo more as a goalkeeper, backstopping…

Premier League
Martial, Rashford exemplify Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United
09:02 Thursday 22nd August 2019

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager, an initially ferocious attacking unit began to fizzle out towards the season's end. Over the summer, the Baby Faced Assassin has modified that system,…

Premier League
Chelsea, Manchester United youth face steep learning curve
09:01 Wednesday 21st August 2019

We’ve all seen the nature documentary or Youtube clip where the cute little bear cubs come across a skunk. Unafraid, they run up to play with it, learning a hard lesson while Pepe le Pew strolls off with his tail proudly in the air. If…

Italy
Lukaku's Power Man not a good partner for Conte's Iron Fist
09:01 Thursday 15th August 2019

If you were to put Antonio Conte’s career on trial, his character witnesses would include Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson. The venerable Manchester United manager wasn’t afraid to rid himself of a player to whom he took a disliking,…

Premier League
Lampard stung by transfer ban at Old Trafford
09:00 Monday 12th August 2019

The Premier League’s Matchday One is in the books and there are several things to take away from it even though judging a full season based on one round is foolhardy. You can be certain some teams were ready for the season while others…

Premier League
Can Manchester United fans be rational about Daniel Sturridge?
15:01 Saturday 10th August 2019

The Premier League transfer window is closed. No players on another club’s books can be signed in England’s top flight until January. Players can be sold, however, and other European clubs will still be buying until 2 September.…