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
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
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
Let me take you back to 2015.
A day prior to the Carabao Cup - then Capital One Cup - Final against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sat down for his presser. A Mourinho press interview is always entertaining. When asked whether he was offered the Spurs job in 2007
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
By Hrishikesh Dabir | Edited by Anuli Vyas
On March 6, 2019, Real Madrid suffered their most jarring home defeat in the club’s history that ended their 3-year long undisputed run as European champions. It marked the end of an era for that generation of players. Popular opinion dictates that fans
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
By Anirudh Madhavan
Our game continues to be one of the greatest forces to unite people on the planet. With fervor and frenzy the world over, fans spend hours and days discussing their team's fortunes. The players that don the jersey for their teams are subject to immense love and adulation.
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
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
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
Four weeks after the start of the Premier League season, we’re heading into the first international break of the season and there have already been a number of surprises just as you have come to expect in the Premier League. Of course, there also have been some amazing games which
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
Sociologist Robert K Merton defines self-fulfilling prophecy as, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behaviour which makes the original false conception come true. This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of
A Winning Start
Manchester United kicked off the 2018/19 Premier League season on Friday, August 10th with a 2-1 win against Leicester City at Old Trafford. World Cup winner and new club captain Paul Pogba netted the first goal of the new campaign from the penalty spot after just 2 minutes.
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
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
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)
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Fred vs Roma Compilation via Breaking the Line
Fred will become United's 18th South American player to date, coming into
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
This article was first shared on Quora as "The Iker Casillas Farewell controversy" written by Sushruta Nandy.
Iker Casillas was a legend at Real Madrid who represented the Los Blancos 725 times and won multiple trophies.It was indeed surprising that such a player had to say goodbye in a press-conference without
THE SEASON SO FAR
At the end of 30 gameweeks of the Premier League season, Manchester United have a tally of 65 points with 20 victories on board. Since Alex Ferguson retired, Manchester United would have been on first in one of the four seasons since and in every other season
Ardent United fan Anirudh Shenoy has a crack on the tactical approach/approaches Jose Mourinho might deploy to try coming anywhere near stopping the unstoppable force that is Manchester City.
13 wins on the bounce and a mammoth 8 point gap in the league. It’s almost as if City are toying
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to renew his long standing rivalry with Manchester United gaffer Jose Mourinho, as the Gunners host United in what promises to be a cracker of a match this Saturday. Here is our match preview by Neeraj Nair.
Arsenal have been in great form since their
The outlaws of the game don’t get enough credit for their accomplishments, and Diego Costa is a perfect example of that. @Marceloholic(Twitter handle) takes a look at how he became a key component of the recent success that Chelsea have enjoyed in the Premier League after moving to Stamford Bridge
So, eleven games into the Premier league season, the pace has been well and truly set by a rampant Manchester City side who are already 8 points clear at the top of the table. They have been nothing short of incredible to watch and their philosophy of staying true to
“Kante going all the way through! Ohhhh, It gets better and better for Chelsea. Talk about rubbing Mourinho’s nose in it.”
Kante put the icing on the cake the last time these two sides met at The Bridge for a League game.
Those were the words that resonated through television sets across
Phil Jones has been at the root of Manchester United’s defensive solidarity this season, and we dive into what he’s done right and how he’s helped them to the best defensive showing in the league.
Jose Mourinho’s teams operate with a particular template. His back 4 has one attacking Full Back,
A detailed look into Pep Guardiola’s journey from a footballer to a genius manager empowering every team that was fortunate enough to be managed by him.
It is difficult to quantify force. Sure, Mass times Acceleration, I know, I have received schooling (if not an education). But what about the force
Marouane Fellaini came on as a substitute for an injured Paul Pogba in United’s Champions League bow against FC Basel. At the end of the night, he had a headed goal and the man of the match award neatly tucked away.
This marked a remarkable turn of events for Fellaini, who
The importance of the Defensive Midfielder in football today. In theory, football is (should be) a simple game. Eleven players attempting to put the ball in a net, in the process moving it among themselves and keeping it away from the grasp of the opposing team. In practice though, the
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