United v City: Post-Match 

The Manchester derby was already billed as a ‘title decider’ even before Nicolas Otamendi stabbed home to send Manchester City 11 points clear of their neighbours.  Well might the title have been decided in the midst of Manchester City’s free flowing movement upending United’s cautious approach. It draws wonder as to how the Red’s can…

Post-Basel: Analysing United’s Prospects 

Manchester United trooped off the field at the close of their defeat in Basel with a situation hanging over their heads that is becoming glaringly repetitive… namely their inability to stamp their authority upon opponents that at one stage they would be able to sweep aside with regularity.   Although dominant in the first half,…

West Ham United And Bilic Separation Looks Inevitable

Slaven Bilic took to the press in the wake of West Ham’s 4-1 humbling by Liverpool in eerily pragmatic spirits. When asked if he might turn his phone off to avoid a call from club owners David Sullivan and David Gold, he responded with “I will face the situation and the consequences. I never hide” …

Neville and Giggs Aren’t Ready Yet

With the departure of Ronald Koeman, Everton are staring down the barrel of one of their worst starts to a Premier League season – and sitting in the relegation zone a mere nine games into it.  Their current demise has been built on the foundations of a poor transfer market, a failure to adequately replace…

Are Southgate’s Troops Ready For War?      

After a leisurely stroll through the qualifying process, England emerged into qualification with something of a limp. 1-0 victories over Slovenia and Lithuania ground out the final points of yet another unbeaten qualifying campaign – their fourth in a row.  The final two games are testament as to how difficult manager Gareth Southgate could find…

Bayern In Trouble Or ‘Trouble’?

It is very unlike Bayern Munich to begin their season at anything other than 100 miles per hour. True to form, they have retained the German Super Cup and are on course to emerge from the group stages of the Champions League.  Which then begs the questions as to why they have elected to jettison…

Koeman Out Of The Woods – Now To Press For Europe.

Ronald Koeman must have been red in the face when he discovered Everton were to face Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in 4 of his first 5 games. It is perhaps understandable that his side were subjected to ruthless attacks and forced into defensive mode during these games.  Having negotiated these games which…

Costa’s Behaviour Justified Amid Conte Madness

Diego Costa is an enigma. More than that, he is a cult in his own right. But love him or hate him, you cannot deny the quality of the Chelsea striker is there.  For three years, he was the spearhead of the London sides attacks. He was the combative bully that Chelsea had come to…

Will Morata Be Made In Chelsea? 

To be presented with the news that Alvaro Morata was switching Spanish land for Stamford Bridge must have had Chelsea fans drooling.  The 24-year-old hitman has sealed a deal which sees him replace the dispensed-with services of Diego Costa. A fine warrior striker with cult status seems less than endearing to Antonio Conte, who has…

Fellaini HAS To Go!

He was the first marquee signing of the David Moyes era at Old Trafford and a midfielder whose physicality and intelligence were the reasons he was bought in 2013 for £27 million. Marouane Fellaini is an unpopular figure by all accounts. During his early months at United, he was made a scapegoat – most notably…

Have United Blown The Title Race Open? 

  A tactical masterclass from Jose Mourinho against former team Chelsea provided enormous positives that will be felt in Manchester and indeed the capital. Under fire before kick off for dropping the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic and starting scapegoat Marouane Fellaini, his selection was not only justified, it was tactically brilliant. Just the sort of move the…

Defiant Wenger Faces Final Showdown

Exiting the Champions League at the last-16 stage has effectively become part and parcel of the Arsenal season. The are, by now, firmly out of Premier League contention, with the FA Cup a source of solace rather than a reflection of the ambition at the North London side.  The early season acceleration has now fully…