In May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson implored an emotional Stretford End to 'stand by your new manager'. United fans duly complied, roaring on David Moyes to make a good fist of world football's toughest job. 'The Chosen One', as a huge banner across the Stretford End proclaimed Moyes to be,
Certain moments in football lend themselves to immortality on highlight reels when they occur. At Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, those instances were never too far away. Even so, this piece of play remains fresh in the head. In late October 2008, West Ham arrived at Old Trafford to
For years, this fixture passed reasonably inconspicuously past the calendar of any Manchester United fan. After all, what would a club competing for the league with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool have to worry about a fixture against their less fortunate neighbors across town? The man who kept United head and
There seemed an air of unease around Old Trafford. Christian Benteke had just crashed Liverpool back into contention at Old Trafford with a superb bicycle kick. With the score at 2-1, United manager Louis van Gaal brought on new signing Anthony Martial, whom the English media had welcomed with their
Football is a sport defined by enthralling moments of spontaneous magic. But beyond the cloak of stellar play and drama, lies extensive and thorough preparation. Football at the highest level is as much a game in the head as with the feet. Hours of training, gym work, video analysis, simulated
It is the dream of every player to stand in the tunnel of their home stadium and listen to an atmosphere steadily reaching fever pitch, to walk out onto the pitch, and feel the support of their fans with every tackle, sprint, pass and goal. Football is a working-class sport;
Manchester United have had many a crunch game in their history. Some have won them titles, others have featured stellar comebacks. This was a much more sober occasion, when United had to win. Both to alleviate pressure on their beleaguered boss and to do justice to the undoubted talent in
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
It seemed so familiar- a homely English club, a small stadium generating a raucous atmosphere and a team with a blue-white top. Manchester United faltered for the first time in their last campaign at the John Smith Stadium to Huddersfield Town. United fans were nervous, and rightly so. Their team
The world’s most loved sporting league will return this weekend with a carnival like no other. The Premier League now has 20 mega wealthy football clubs, with players from 107 nations being represented. The league has evolved adapting tactical innovation throughout its history. Each year, gripping storylines and plot twists
39%, read France’s possession stats for the World Cup Final of 2018. Hardly the stat you’d expect from a team that would go on to win the biggest game in football by a scoreline of 4-2, but maybe not surprising against a duo of Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric. But
When this fixture was announced, it set pulses racing. A clash between two brilliant footballing countries. One with their finest generation, another a perennial favourite on this stage. A lot of the talk leading up to the game was about Roberto Martinez's inability to manage this group of players for
Ivan Rakitic stepped up, 12 yards away from writing the final lines of this incredible drama. The Croatian fans looked weary, almost expecting another twist in a penalty shootout with more twists and turns than a racing track. Calmly slotting it away, Rakitic redeemed Luka Modric, his country’s finest player.
Rojo: "My goal? Messi told everyone that it was either life or death. It would've gone badly. We could've conceded but Leo was stubborn. He told me to run forward. Even Masche. He told everyone to attack no matter what. He truly read the game & risks. He's a leader.