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Written on 3 Apr 2014 | One Comment

Manchester United’s performance in the Champions League has sparked the usual reactions both positive and negative from supporters and foes alike. Looking at the performance as a whole, let’s take a look at what united did right and perhaps what needs to be done if the red of Manchester is to do what seemed almost an impossibility only 48 hours ago.
Pride
As an avid Manchester United fan, I have been bemused at the level of performance the players of Manchester United have been producing. The easy option is to blame the …

Written on 3 Apr 2014 | No Comments

It’s a big question which will be answered by England manager Roy Hodgson prior to this year’s World Cup in Brazil. There are an array of candidates that could make the England 23 man squad making this one of the hardest decisions for any football manager on the planet. England face a tough task to progress to the Round of 16 in Brazil as they have to play 2006 World Cup champions Italy, 2010 World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.
We will go through the certainties …

Written on 1 Apr 2014 | One Comment

When the sacking of AVB was confirmed lots of reports flew around linking all manner of managers to the, what is seemingly more of an ejector rather than hot seat at Tottenham Hotspur.
Top names were linked and after Tim was appointed as Head Coach in December on an 18th month deal that hasn’t really stopped, even Ruud Gullit has popped up out of oblivion and suggested Levy has been round Van Gaal’s house and the deal “is done”.
Looking at it now after Tottenham’s recent heavy defeats by Liverpool and Chelsea not …

Written on 30 Mar 2014 | No Comments

“I think we’ve played a very good side and it’s the sort of standard and level we need to try and aspire to get ourselves to at this moment in time”. This was David Moyes’s immediate response after the 3-0 defeat at the hands of their city rivalries Manchester City and it speaks volumes of how far Manchester United have fallen under the management of David Moyes and his coaching staff. It wasn’t so long ago that Manchester City were aspiring to be at the standard that Alex Ferguson had …

Written on 26 Mar 2014 | 2 Comments

Yet again Arsenal’s season has begun to crumble around them. Following the devastating defeat at Chelsea and dropped points against Swansea on Tuesday night Arsene Wenger’s team now sit six points behind the league leaders. Arsenal fans are all too familiar with this scenario, however this season seemed different and the sustained title challenge from the Gunners came as a surprise to both pundits and fans.
Arsenal’s inability to perform in the big games this season has been their downfall. The humiliating defeats they’ve received at Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool …

Written on 26 Mar 2014 | No Comments

A season is a long time in professional football. Ask David Moyes. 
Little over a year ago, as the Everton side he built in his own image comprehensibly beat title challenging Manchester City two nil at Goodison Park, he looked every inch the Fergie in waiting. 
Prowling the touch line as the seconds ticked down towards the final whistle, this was a manager rallying his troops from the sideline, heading every ball, making every clearance, living every second. It wasn’t hard to see why, 3 months later, football’s most famous knight chose …

Written on 25 Mar 2014 | No Comments

Up and down the country, from Premier League to Non-League, referees are blamed for poor decisions constantly. But in my view, a large proportion of referee errors could be resolved by having more pro-active, courageous linesmen. We see it all too often – the man in the middle having to give decisions he cannot even see, right in front of the nose of his linesmen. After all, these assistants are there to help the referee, and cover all angles.
The key thing for me, is educating linesmen to adopt a more …

Written on 24 Mar 2014 | No Comments

Let’s start with a fact; the title is in Man City’s hands. If they win their games in hand they go three points clear at the top with a superior goal difference. If they drop any points at all the title will go to the team that goes the rest of the season without dropping a point… but we all know football is never that simple. There will be shocks, injuries, suspensions and fixture congestion all along the way. As a Liverpool fan I am staying grounded, but when will …

Written on 23 Mar 2014 | No Comments

David Moyes has taken a lot of criticism this season after his arrival at Manchester United. Many United fans have called for his head and claimed he is out of his depth at one of the world’s biggest and most renowned clubs. And there is a strong argument: Moyes’ United are struggling to make the Champions League places this year, whereas Fergie’s United – with the same squad – won the title comfortably last season. However, I see it differently.
In my view, after 27 years in charge of the Red …

Written on 19 Mar 2014 | No Comments

Nothing in life is certain, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of things worth betting on. For most people winning bets are like your best friend when they get a new girlfriend or boyfriend; you don’t see them very often but when you do it’s so good you remember why you keep trying, then all too soon they go missing again.
Where most people go wrong is research, in that there is none. I mean who has time to look up the home and away records of both teams, how …