Last Chance at the Europa Saloon for Manchester United

So after a dramatic, nervy and noisy night at Old Trafford last Thursday, Manchester United’s season took another turn, this time for the positive. Ironically a 1-1 draw, the result that has been the bane of the Red Devils season, was enough to see them through to the Europa League Final at the expense of a spirited Celta Vigo side. A season of ‘what ifs’ (despite already securing a League Cup triumph) can now be turned into a very successful one with the opportunity to win two major trophies as…

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Talk is Cheap for Draw-United

Yet another home draw for Manchester United at Old Trafford, their eighth – YES EIGHTH!!!!!!! – has made their quest for making the top 4 in the Premier League that much harder. To be honest, last Saturday’s result didn’t surprise me that much. West Brom, under Tony Pulis, are experts at killing a game and unless you get yourself in front (preferably early on in the match) you are always going to be in for a tough 90+ minutes. MISSED OPPORTUNTIES ALL SEASON Whilst if there was a winner, the…

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A Career Crossroad for Wazza

Wayne Rooney, captain and highest ever goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, is in a bit of limbo. If rumours are to be believed, last month he had the opportunity to head to China for a ridiculous wage but decided, sensibly in my opinion, to stick it out at Old Trafford until the end of the season at least. But what happens after then is anyones guess as we stand. He may have lifted the EFL Cup last Sunday as club captain, but he did not even get on the pitch, he was…

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Virgil is a Wanted Man

One of the hottest properties within the English market during this transfer window is Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk. Apparently around 50 million is the asking price and even then the south coast clubs stance is he not for sale, though we all know every player has his price. Van Dijk has shown he is a silky, strong and adaptable centre half who can read the game superbly. He would be an outstanding addition to any back line in the Premier League. A STEAL OF A DEAL When he joined the…

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The Regression of Rash or Genius Management?

So maybe just maybe, if you take into account recent results, Jose Mourinho seems to be getting somewhere with his Manchester United team, though after a 140m+ summer spend I think that is the least you would expect. But anyways things are looking up for the red half of Manchester, but one player who is most definitely not on the up is last seasons breakthrough star at Old Trafford, Marcus Rashford. TEENAGE STARLET Last season he more than took his opportunity when he was called upon, due to an injury to Anthony Martial during…

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We need to talk about Henrikh

It is fair to say Jose Mourinho’s time as manager of Manchester United is not going as smoothly as planned. Lying 6th in the Premier League, 9 points off the top of the table (6 from a Champions League qualification place) is not where the club wants to be and positive results  are needed sooner rather than later as the pressure undoubtedly builds. He has cited that the culture within the club has to change, which is fair enough after three underwhelming seasons, despite a FA Cup triumph last May.…

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Nowhere to hide for a humiliated Jose Mourinho

It was Saturday 24th September a chastened Chelsea team had been demolished by a rampant Arsenal. The players had performed pitifully and there were even reports new manager Antonio Conte was already under pressure for his job, especially as this was their second poor performance in just eight days after their home defeat against Liverpool the previous week. At the time they were 8 points from the top of the table and a title charge was a long way off. Roll on a month and after their 4-0 demolition of Manchester United last weekend…

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Gareth Southgate – England Manager

So after all the shenanigans that have gone on in the last week, Sam Allardyce  has gone and ‘company’ man,  Gareth Southgate, after declining in the summer, has taken on the caretaker role of the England national football team. He has been provisionally given the rest of the games in 2016 (3 qualifiers and a home friendly against Spain), what an opportunity this is for him to make his employers at the FA forgo the search for another man, it is all in his own hands. DECISIONS DECISIONS DECISIONS Southgate, the under-21…

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Football is a funny old game – a brighter future ahead for Hull City AFC

I was on a train frantically faffing around with my digital radio as my signal was in and out listening to Hull City vs Manchester United and it was in stoppage time that ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ Marcus Rashford tapped in after good byline work from Wayne Rooney to deservedly win the game for Jose Mourinho’s men. Hull’s players, fans and hierarchy would have been devastated after a herculean performance but the right result was a win for the Reds of Manchster. On another day the spoils would have been shared, but lets be honest…

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A time and opportunity for some redemption on home soil

The Olympics in Rio has had some negative press pre-tournament and whilst there have been odd instances and issues once it has begun, the sport has been the main story with some outstanding performances across the competing nations. Brazil as the home country have won three gold medals at the time of this blog being posted, but the one they crave more than any other is the men’s football Olympic title, the only international competition their side has never won. In London 2012 they made the final but lost surprisingly to Mexico…

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