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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2017 Title Race Is Back On!

For the last few weeks and even months, we’ve been bored senseless by various pundits proclaiming that we should “just hand the title to Chelsea now.” Today’s results may cause them to reconsider those opinions, as the Blues lost at home to Crystal Palace. At the same time, Spurs won at Burnley to trim the gap to just 7 points. Yes, it’s still a sizeable advantage. But bigger leads than that have been overturned in the Premier League in past seasons. Just ask the Man Utd side from 2011/12, who…

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Arsenal’s Title Challenge Over Again

Today’s 3-1 win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge effectively means that Arsenal’s title challenge is over for another year. The Gunners are now 12 points adrift of Chelsea, and given the difference in form of the two sides, that is a gap that they are highly unlikely to overhaul. Instead, Arsene Wenger will be looking over his shoulder as the two Manchester sides will now threaten Arsenal’s position in the top four. It’s a familiar story for Gunners fans. Kind of like an annual Groundhog day. Early in the season…

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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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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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Round 16 of Soccer Saturday’s Super 6

Hello and good afternoon. How are you all keeping on yet another wet and windy day? I don’t think it’s stopped since last weekend and I’m already hearing off local pitches in my are already full of water with games and coaching sessions already being cancelled and it’s only Friday. None of want to see kids or even adults for that matter missing out on their weekend football but in some cases it just can’t be helped. Hopefully as stuff has been cancelled early, other things can be put into…

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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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Soccer Saturday Super 6 – Week 12

Hello and how are you all? Missed me again? Yes, I have been overseas again with work and then on holiday as well with the family. I’m back for a while now though, well until at least Christmas. Therefore unfortunately, I haven’t had time to do my Super 6 blog predictions and previews in recent weeks for Two Footed Tackle. In fact, my last predictions on here was nearly a month ago to the day on 20th September. I have actually managed to do my Super 6 each week though…

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Preview: Liverpool versus Manchester United

Monday Night Football kicks-off the working week with a battle of the northern powerhouses. An already rapturous Anfield crowd hosts its third game since an 8500 expansion. A rowdy sea of Liverpool and Manchester United reds will undoubtedly set the tone for the most significant North-West Derby of recent years. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw are both nearing a return, but unlikely to start, with lifelong Evertonian, Wayne Rooney, fully fit, but set to be overlooked in favour of the inform Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford. Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne will return to Liverpool’s…

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