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Premier League
Did Solskjaer take a Christmas gift from under Guardiola's tree?
09:00 Sunday 22nd December 2019

Christmas, like Easter and, in North America, Thanksgiving, is meant to be a joyous holiday spent with loved ones. Often, though, tensions rise. In part, you’re not accustomed to spending full days with these strange, annoying people…

Premier League
One year on, have Manchester United improved under Solskjaer?
08:01 Friday 20th December 2019

Wednesday’s EFL Cup match against Colchester United ushered in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second year in charge at Old Trafford. His squad marked the occasion with a 3-0 victory over the mid-table League 2 outfit. The Love-United-Hate-Glazers…

Premier League
Is Solskjaer's Manchester United literally coming up short?
17:32 Sunday 15th December 2019

When Pep Guardiola arrived in the Premier League, critics claimed he needed to adjust to the division’s physicality. The Catalan disagreed but his first season seemed to vindicate his opponents. He then made two key signings that solidified…

Premier League
No 'Songs of the North' at Old Trafford
08:01 Monday 25th November 2019

Bobby McFerrin would never make it in Manchester's red half. His philosophy is turned upsidedown on the Old Trafford terraces. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to rebuild the squad from the academy up, all you hear on social media is, 'worry; don't…

Premier League
Is Fred coming good at Manchester United?
09:01 Tuesday 19th November 2019

The Ukrainian Premier League can't hold a candle to its English namesake. The time needed for erstwhile Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred to adjust to life at Manchester United proves the point. At the same time, Premier League fans aren't…

Premier League
Are there positives to take from Manchester United's Bournemouth defeat?
09:01 Sunday 3rd November 2019

They’re back. After Manchester United lost at Dean Court to Bournemouth on a rainy, wind-whipped, South Coast Saturday afternoon, the Love United, Hate Glazers crowd returned en masse to disparage their club on social media. Never mind…

Premier League
How the Longstaff brothers reinstalled vigour and belief at Newcastle United
12:01 Tuesday 29th October 2019

Unless you’re the biblical Abel, you’d rather have your brother watching your back at work than someone else. Unfortunately, not many enjoy the privilege, particularly in the Premier League. Sean Longstaff is among the…

Premier League
Have fans sucked the magic out of Manchester United?
19:00 Wednesday 23rd October 2019

I’ve heard all the talk about the power, grace and beauty of a mother’s love. She’ll nurture you, guide you, defend you, stand by you, love you unconditionally, do anything for you. Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman’s…

Premier League
Why shouldn't Manchester United sack Solskjaer?
09:01 Friday 11th October 2019

Fans tend to view football like an ice cream cone on a hot summer’s day. Best enjoy it while you can because good things never last. When things aren’t so good, it’s like a rainy day at Wimbledon: dreary, disappointing, and…

Premier League
Should Solskjaer call time on Lingard's Manchester United career?
08:02 Wednesday 25th September 2019

You see it in youth leagues around the world, no matter the sport. The coach’s son plays. His talent level doesn’t enter the conversation. It isn’t limited to youth leagues either. Sir Alex Ferguson kept son Darren in his…

Premier League
Two solutions for Manchester United's right wing?
17:00 Saturday 21st September 2019

Ask yourself why Sir Alex Ferguson signed Robin van Persie. It wasn’t to stick it to Arsene Wenger. That was a bonus. No, he needed someone who could provide balance in the Manchester United attack. Always devastating down the left flank…

Europa League
2019/20 Europa League Preview
08:00 Thursday 19th September 2019

And God said, "Let there be football on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. And he created the Champions League. And it was good. On Thursday, God rested.  But the Devil rebelled, saying, "Screw that!" And he created the Europa…

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…

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…

Transfers
Call me crazy but Manchester United can use Mandzukic
08:02 Friday 2nd August 2019

The Romelu Lukaku saga is as hot and uncomfortable as a 35º day at Glastonbury. Manchester United fans are excited by the billing, sweat the transfer then dehydrate when nothing comes of it. First, he was off to Inter with Ivan Perisic…