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Nothing short of humiliation

Disorganized, naïve, embarrassing. Manchester United’s performance against Liverpool last Sunday can be described in many ways, but the face of Sir Alex Ferguson up in the stands perhaps epitomized it best. With puffed-out cheeks and a sullen expression, the former United boss looked devoid of all energy and hope – not unlike the home team. […]

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Manchester United, riding their luck or making it?

Manchester United are a club that can boast some of the biggest names in world football yet remain riddled with inconsistency. This is a squad with remarkable depth and talent across almost all areas, and yet they have so far failed to successfully string together neither performances nor results.Within an eventful summer transfer window which […]

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Champions League Roundup

Koeman’s time is surely up A Barcelona team in name alone, Ronald Koeman’s side suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss, as a fluent Benfica’s perfect game plan has surely confirmed that Koeman’s days leading the Nou Camp are numbered. Registering a mere one shot on target, a lack of discipline and quality at the top of […]

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Dismal Manchester United fall to worst start in three decades

A hundred years on from the writing of W.B. Yeats’s ‘The Second Coming’, the Irish poet’s words continue to ring true: ‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.’ They relate not just to any present political turmoil, but also, perhaps, to the fortunes of Manchester United and their coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After a golden […]

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As Liverpool and City lead the way, who else can make the top four?

With both Liverpool and Manchester City making impressive starts to their respective Premier League campaigns, the race to reach the other two highly coveted Champions League places is heating up. Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea have all lost recently, making the chase even more intriguing. Both Liverpool and Manchester City have excelled in recent weeks, […]

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A look at the more spectacular Premier League ‘flops’

With Denis Suarez reportedly set to be sent back to Barcelona early after his failed loan spell at Arsenal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer supposedly wanting to ship the £500,000-a week Alexis Sanchez, here’s a look at some of the Premier League’s finer flops. Beginning with those already mentioned, Denis Suarez has had a time to […]

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Solskjaer sheds light on how success came from a computer game

Manchester United manager Olé Gunnar Solskjaer is enjoying unrivalled success in the Old Trafford dugout as he gets further and further into his interim role. By the time this goes to print, he may well have even seen off one of Europe’s big guns, Paris Saint Germain, in the first leg of United’s Champions League […]

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Lampard beats Mourinho – has the student become the master?

Ahead of the Carabao Cup clash against his former boss José Mourinho last month, Frank Lampard – Derby County manager – referred to himself as ‘‘a baby in managerial terms’’. The fact that Lampard became a father for the first time only days before the tie is a witty but, I think, unintended irony. Lampard […]