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Transfer Column | Manchester United | Looking at potential summer recruitment options

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For Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Manchester United, it has not been an easy season by any stretch of the imagination. As things stand, they are in the FA Cup, have reached the last-16 of the Europa League, and are still competing for a Top 4 (Or Top 5) slot to

Replacing Solskjær will not solve any issues at Manchester United

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Written by Anirudh Eswaran In the week post the harrowing loss to West Ham and an uninspiring performance against Rochdale, the pressure has slowly ramped on Solskjær and while the prospect of him losing the job is not that close yet but a few more weeks or months of similar performances

Iconic Match Reviews: Barcelona vs Manchester United, Champions League Final, 2011

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When referee Massimo Busacca blew the final whistle on the 27th of May, 2009 in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, the Reds knew they were comprehensively outdone. The scoreline was 2-0 and a 170 cm tall magician had just scored a header to seal the victory. Two years later, this

Pogba, Lingard And How Media Played A Part In Manchester United’s Global Image

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By Anaamaya Mishra Back in the noughties, Manchester United kicked off the millennium in grand fashion, on the back of an unprecedented English treble with a young and talented squad; a well-oiled machine built to demolish anything and everything that stood in their way. They carried this brilliant run all the

Manchester United News Roundup – Latest headlines on Maguire, Lukaku, Bruno Fernandes & more

Manchester United is always in the news. Off late there has been a lot of chatter regarding their transfer incomings and outgoings. Let's take a quick look at the top trending news. To read each news piece in-depth, click on the link beside the headline. Tahith Chong named as an emerging

Manchester United are in a bigger mess than they think

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By Anirudh Eswaran Just over a week ago, David Moyes’ initial contract as Manchester United manager, finally expired. Six long years after Moyes was announced as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement, it is fair to say United are currently as bad as they have ever been in the last 30 years. To

Manchester United Season Report | 2018/2019

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Season Summary In one of the most forgettable FA Cup Finals in recent years, Antonio Conte parted ways with Chelsea. He delivered them a trophy, courtesy of poor defending from Phil Jones, and a lack of any cutting edge up front. United fans left frustrated, angry and vexed. They had just

Yaya Toure -“Putting Manchester United ‘in the shadow’ is my greatest Manchester City achievement”

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Fans of Manchester City and the Premier League were incredibly disheartened at the sight of one of its greatest ever midfielders retiring. It had been later clarified that Gnégnéri Yaya Touré was not going anywhere; he still believes he has it in him and is ready to prove himself for

Big Match Preview – Manchester United vs Liverpool

Written by - Anirudh Madhavan and Kabir Ali With 89 major titles, 201 games and a history that transcends football between them, this, the biggest game in English football, hardly ever requires a back story. But Liverpool’s fall from the summit in the Premier League era and Manchester United’s relative struggles

Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjær – A breath of fresh air

Six wins in six and Manchester United have sprung into life under Ole Gunnar Solskjær. José Mourinho’s sacking took place a bit too late if anything, but it was absolutely the right decision. In fact, irrespective of how United do this season under Solskjær, the call to bring him in

Mourinho at Manchester United – Where did it all go wrong for the Special One?

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Manchester United, a brand synonymous with winning. Jose Mourinho, the biggest winning coach in the sport. When the pair was combined, everyone in world football seemed to sit up and take notice. United, a club whose supporters proclaim proudly they're 'Not Arrogant, Just Better'. That seems like the title Mourinho

Liverpool vs Manchester United – Showdown at Anfield

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This is a fixture with a passion born out of years of rivalry and mutual contempt. From the time when Manchester tradesmen built the Manchester Ship Canal, ensuring ship traffic could bypass the port of Liverpool, these two sets of people have disagreed on everything. Liverpool worships The Beatles while

Manchester United need change – both on and off the pitch

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On the surface, Manchester United are considered to be in a crisis because they are 6th in the table with a poor goal difference and are 16 points off the top in December. But, when United are put under a microscope, the conclusion is that they are in a mess

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Big Match Preview & Team News

15 years ago, we would have looked at this game as a title decider. But how times change! Post-2005, Arsenal have never looked the same and gradually descended from title challengers to top 4 challengers. On the other hand, Manchester United, under Sir Alex went from strength to strength, winning 5

Why Manchester United Should Part Ways With Jose Mourinho

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The international break is on and frankly, excluding some interesting games, it is a tad tedious for most of us and I think we can consensually agree with that. But let us not forget Manchester United and the mess they are in right now. Languishing in 8th in the Premier

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Can Pochettino Inspire His Men to End Old Trafford Hoodoo?

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As managerial stalwarts in Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino dust themselves off and marshal their troops after succumbing to torrid periods in the transfer market, there lies a blinding aura of chaotic uncertainty within both camps. Manchester United With executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Manchester United hierarchy prioritizing securing sponsorship deals

Financial Boon Over Sustainable Success: Can The Real Manchester United Please Stand Up?

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Money making model? Check. An inclination to be competitive again? Miles away. Here is a damning verdict on United's Corporate governance post the Ferguson Era by ardent United fan Utkarsh Gokhale. Manchester United, the most famous club in the world with an enormous fan following have not won the Premier League

David De Gea – Manchester United’s Superman

David de Gea Quintana, Manchester United’s Number 1 since he joined as a skinny 20-year old from Atletico Madrid, has now well and truly become the world’s Number 1 goalkeeper. His transformation from a skinny Spanish kid being bullied by rough strikers and hard men from set pieces to undisputedly

SOUTHAMPTON 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 : Romelu Lukaku strikes again but United fans ignore pleas to stop singing offensive song

Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth Premier League goal of the season to give Manchester United a hard-fought victory at Southampton. Lukaku broke the deadlock on 20 minutes, converting the rebound after Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster parried his header from Ashley Young’s cross. The result maintains United’s unbeaten start to their league campaign,

Manchester United 2017/18 Season Preview

By Anirudh Eswaran What happened last season? Following the arrival of Jose Mourinho last summer, expectation amongst all was sky high. Here was a manager with a proven track record of making teams successful at all costs, whatsoever. Mourinho made four signings in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Newcastle United vs Manchester City – Match preview, team news, expected lineups and prediction

Written by Anaamaya Mishra Competition – Premier League; Game week 24 Venue – St. James’ Park, Referee – Paul Tierney Timings – Wednesday, 30th January, 20;00 PM GST;1:30 AM IST Title challengers Manchester City travel to St. James’ Park to salvage three valuable points against 17th placed Newcastle United. It is the first time

The rise and rise of Sheffield United’s cult icon John Lundstram

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If you are in England, have gone to a game and are watching a team in the Premier League with a staunch defence and clinical attack, operating on a shoestring budget and actively engaging with the fans honouring their family-like traditions, chances are you are watching Sheffield United. They are

Man United’s shambolic 2018-19 season from the transfer window till Mourinho’s exit

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This article was first published on Beyond The Score with Devavrat Bhotica Manchester United were knocked out by Sevilla in the Round of 16 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League in embarrassing fashion. Despite that, there was a lot of hope and aspiration from many a Manchester United fan after the

Change for Newcastle United – The Beautiful Game off; The ugly criminals on

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 April 29, 2020: Thanks to Saudi Arabia’s poor track record of preserving human rights, multiple influential parties including Amnesty International-UK, PSG’s Qatari owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, have appealed to the Premier League to stop Mohammed bin Salman taking over Newcastle United Football Club.  It seems

Bruno Fernandes’ discernible impact on United hinges on more than just direct goal contributions

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The ball’s gone out for a corner and there’s 75,000 thousand fans in OT eagerly awaiting for some magic in anticipation. They are in ruptures and the stadium is reverberating to his tune. He doesn’t even take them that often because he’d rather wait at the edge of the box

Glass half full or empty – Through which lens should we see Solskjær’s time at United?

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In December 2018, an already under-pressure Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United travelled to Anfield to face their perennial rivals Liverpool, in what would prove to be his final game as the manager of the club. Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench in the second half to score a brace and deliver

Manchester City’s Ban and Financial Fair Play – Is It As Fair As It Could Be?

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In the wake of the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City's ban, lots of eyebrows have been raised. There are quite a few big questions floating around. Most prominently: what they did, how did UEFA find out, are they really guilty, whether or not the punishment meted out to the

Battle at the Bernabéu – Real Madrid vs Manchester City tactical preview

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On 26th February, Manchester City will face the 13 times European champions in the most high profile tie of the last 16 of the Champions League. When this tie was originally announced, Manchester City were favorites because Real Madrid were struggling, but now, the Los Blancos are seen as slight

The Northern Rivalry: Manchester City vs Liverpool

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Photo by Jack Hunter // CC0 1.0 The North West cities of England punch above their weight when it comes to football. The teams of Liverpool and Manchester have a success rate better than that of rivals in London, despite the capital city being significantly bigger. These northern teams have gone through different phases over

Squad depth supreme – Manchester City and their staggering bench strength

Written by Peter Lynch It’s a well-known fact that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City boast the strongest squad in the Premier League, with perhaps only Real Madrid and Barcelona only slightly ahead of them in the entirety of European football. The Spanish giants both invested heavily in a busy summer of restructuring,

Another Brick in the Wall – What will Harry Maguire bring to this United side?

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Written by Anirudh Madhavan Doom and gloom A swirling air of doom and gloom seemed to pervade the hallowed corridors of Old Trafford at the end of last season. A disastrous end to the season had just unfolded, with a feckless display against Cardiff City. The club's most successful player of the

From a defensive liability to United’s rock at the back – Victor Lindelof has matured leaps and bounds

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By Utkarsh Gokhale Heading into the 2017/2018 season, United were desperate to strengthen the backline with some quality additions. Their CEO, Ed Woodward had assured fans that he would be spending heavily to combat the growing dominance of the top teams in the country. The revenues were steady, sponsors were happy

Newcastle United 2019/20 Season Preview – Steve Bruce has a challenge on his hands

By Bhargav Joglekar The 2018/19 season was Newcastle United’s second successive season in the top-flight after the drop in 2016 and the immediate promotion in the following season via winning the Championship. Veteran manager Rafa Benitez had steadied an unstable ship in Tyneside; bringing the historic club back to winning ways

The feint that changed everything – Manchester City, Aguero and that Goal

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Written by Ayushnav Sarker Background In the complex and often murky world of financial markets, there are what is called ‘Black Swan’ events every few years. Events that change the relationship of the market with its participants, and drag the rest of the economy with them too. Right from the time of

The Wayne Rooney effect at DC United – Form is temporary, class is permanent

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By Yusuf Rehman Wayne Rooney. The name in itself unleashes a torrent of emotions both amongst fans and pundits. Over the years the top goalscorer for both Manchester United and England has received a fair amount of criticism from fans, pundits and keyboard warriors. Some say he never reached his full

Daniel James to United was a smart deal, but an out and out right-winger should be on their radar next

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Last season, the Manchester United dressing room faced a meltdown under Jose Mourinho. The game against Liverpool was followed by the sacking of the 'Special One'. Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to ensure that the Portuguese manager does not hold his fort any longer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was called

The blue moon shines bright over Manchester – Can City pass the final hurdle?

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The last few years have been a rather interesting era in the Premier League. We’ve had our fair share of drama, slip-ups and last minute winners. We’ve seen clubs lift the much-coveted trophy using philosophies as diverse as the managers themselves. We’ve witnessed an Italian manager who won the title

Fernandinho – Manchester City’s smiling assassin and Guardiola’s tactical fouler-in-chief

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Since Sheikh Mansour bought the club back in 2008, Manchester City have been blessed with exceptional talent in the shape of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and countless others. 1.3 billion pounds and nearly 70 signings later, only a few have remained as influential as Fernando Luiz Roza, better known to

Manchester City’s Mahrez conundrum – Stats masking a genuine problem. Can Riyad Mahrez turn it around?

"You have to respect the choices of the manager. We are professionals and if the manager thinks [the other wingers] are in good form, you have to respect it and when he needs you, you have to give everything. Do that, and the goals and assists will come." - Riyadh

Ander Herrera – United’s captain without the armband

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When people look at Manchester United, they expect world class players to dominate proceedings, be it in England or at the summit of European football. People associate the club with legends like David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and so on. And now with

Tottenham face United in what is poised to be Solskjær’s first real test

Competition - Premier League, matchday 22. Venue - Wembley Referee - Mike Dean. Timings - Sunday, 13th January, 5:30PM CET (Madrid), 5:30PM BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 12:30PM ET, 9.30AM PT (USA), 10pm IST (India) The fixtures come hard and fast in the Premier League as we see an in-form Manchester United travel to North

City Firm Favourites – Manchester Derby Preview Part 1

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Ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk’s testing Champions League tie at the Etihad, Portuguese tactician Paolo Fonseca boldly proclaimed that “Manchester City have no weaknesses.” Inarguable invincibility has expectedly evaded even the greatest of the sides the beautiful game has ever seen, but it was hard to refute the 45-year old’s manifestation

Liverpool vs Manchester City: Match Preview

City look to break Anfield hoodoo Competition: Premier League, Matchday 8, Venue: Anfield Referee: Martin Atkinson Timings: Sunday, 7th October 2018, 4:30 PM BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 11:30 AM EST, 8.30AM PT (USA), 9 PM IST (India), Telecast: Star Sports Select 1 The Premier League serves up an early season title six-pointer right before the international break

Breaking Down United’s Implosion Against Spurs

As the final whistle blew, it seemed all too much for Jose Mourinho. Professional sport is a brutal environment, filled with pressures and expectations and much of the talk regarding its sheer toughness is attributed to solo arts.  Tennis is a fine example of this, from a mental perspective because

Luke Shaw Bags First Senior Goal As United Win Season Opener

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It was a night to remember for Luke Shaw as he netted his first professional goal in his 137th senior career appearance and helped United overcome a stubborn Leicester side who dominated proceedings for large periods of the game. Paul Pogba, Andres Pereira and Eric Bailly were the other standout performers

Back to the Future: Newcastle United Season Preview 2018-19

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It’s the summer transfer period and Newcastle United have just added the world’s most expensive player to the squad that finished second in the Premier League last season. For all those whose memories don’t stretch back as far as the mid-90s, that sentence is not fiction. In July 1996, ahead of

Is Mourinho Trying to Recreate His Pragmatic Approach From The Inter Days at United?

Written by Supermanunited Manchester United have had a decent pre-season in the United States by drawing their first two games, winning the International Champions Cup opener against AC Milan on a long-lasting penalty shoot-out and being humbled by Liverpool last night. The tour has given fans some positives and an insight

United reach agreement to sign Fred

Manchester United have announced that they have reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos. (Feature Image via Manchester United Site) More details to follow - Fred vs Roma Compilation via Breaking the Line https://twitter.com/BTLComps/status/1004012300834082816 Fred will become United's 18th South American player to date, coming into

Could 20/21 be the most difficult Premier League ever?

Could 20/21 be the most difficult Premier League ever?

With Liverpool's stunning runaway victory of the Premier League title last season, some pundits and fans wondered if England had become more like France or Germany. Were we now seeing a separation between the league's best teams and those around them? The gap between 2nd placed Manchester City, and 6th placed

Looking back at the career & life of one Africa’s most divisive players – Emmanuel Adebayor

Looking back at the career & life of one Africa’s most divisive players - Emmanuel Adebayor

For many, Emmanuel Adebayor represents the epitome of a modern-day mercenary in the world of football. And maybe that is understandable, considering the Togolese 36-year old has represented 11 different clubs since the beginning of the 2000s, three of them alone within the borders of London. Always with an exceptionally

Analysing what the future could hold for the big three London clubs

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There is new hope, enthusiasm and anticipation about proceedings at Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues over-achieved in Frank Lampard's first season and their new signings make Chelsea hot property for next season. The Gunners believe that they have a tactical genius in Mikel Arteta, who has also impressed

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