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Mesut Ozil: A fair weather player?

After a poor start to the season, I ponder the following question.

Is Arsenal’s Mesut Özil anything more than a fair weather player? (more…)

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The van Gaal revolution at Manchester United showing promise

Dutchman Louis van Gaal has replaced David Moyes as Manchester United manager.

The former Everton and Preston North End manager was relieved of his duties, just 11 months into his six-year contract, following a turbulent campaign at Old Trafford. (more…)

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Where can Manchester United expect to finish?

I’m sure Manchester United fans need no reminding of last season’s misgivings.

In an appointment that promised so much but delivered so little, the ‘chosen one’ David Moyes arrived from Everton as Sir Alex Ferguson’s scouted replacement. (more…)

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World Cup 2014: Group C preview

Without question Group C appears to be the most unpredictable group.

Every single country have a chance of progressing to the knockout phases. (more…)

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Where next for Manchester United?

It has not been a vintage season so far for Manchester United.

Already out of both domestic cups, and hopelessly behind in the title race, even securing a Champions League place looks a big ask. (more…)

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Juan Mata can engineer a Manchester United top-four finish

Hopelessness is not a word that has often been associated with Manchester United.

The Red Devils have enjoyed a period of well documented success both on and off the field forging an identity as a global footballing superpower. (more…)

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Tactical Analysis – Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 2 Manchester United: Spurs right the wrongs from the Etihad

Tactical expert Chris Hearn examines the tactics that Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas and Manchester United boss David Moyes employed in the entertaining 2-2 draw. (more…)

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Manchester United: A look at life post ‘Fergie time’

As opposed to writing individual match reports throughout the season..

I thought I would let the dust settle before jumping into the ring and throwing punches left right and centre on how the new look Manchester United and defending Champions of England have begun the season under new boss David Moyes. (more…)

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Do United really need Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini?

David Moyes has struggled to make any signings since arriving at Old Trafford.

With Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini the subject of furious speculation over the summer. (more…)

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How important is one man to a team?

The three massive transfer sagas of this window have been about the destination of Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale.

With all three teams winning their opening Premier League matches and only one of the three players, Rooney actually playing, there are signs that the clubs will be able to manage without them. (more…)

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Manchester United: Stuck in the middle with who?

As United head home from their pre-season tour of Australia and Asia, manager David Moyes faces increasing pressure from the media and fans with regards to new signings.

Having seen Ed Woodward fly home for “urgent transfer business” United fans were expecting a big name to be coming through the door yet nothing has materialised. (more…)

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Who do Manchester United really need to sign?

A lot of the transfer speculation over the past fortnight has been centred around who Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes will try to sign.

With names such as Gareth Bale, Cesc Fabregas and Cristiano Ronaldo being thrown around, Moyes looks like he wants to make a massive statement of intent during this window. (more…)

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Confederations Cup 2013 review

A miracle; a tragedy; and new hope for a forgotten giant.

Right from the first whistle it was apparent that the Confederations Cup, the curtain raiser to Brazil’s year long football feast, was going to be something special, and just a little bit unique. (more…)

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Any player would be crazy to leave Borussia Dortmund

After reading the interview with Dortmund’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, which has been retweeted and shared thousands of times, it reiterated my belief that Mario Gotze, or any player for that matter, would be insane to leave Borussia Dortmund.

It might be crazy of me to say such a thing. Dortmund will lose their star playmaker to their archrivals Bayern Munich, and are reported to lose their main goal threat, Robert Lewandowski this summer. (more…)

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It’s not just talent that wins championships – Part 2

In the first part of ‘It’s not just talent that wins championships‘, I pointed to the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson chose players based on not only talent, but also a winning mentality.

I also thought that Sir Alex would leave after building a great foundation of younger players in addition to the great team he has now. Boy was I wrong. (more…)

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