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Written on 23 Mar 2015 | No Comments

For the past few weeks, Manchester United and in particular Marouane Fellaini have been coming under criticism for a ‘direct’ style of play. In other words, trying to get the best out of there 25 million pound Belgian beauty that he who shall not be named, in Manchester anyway, had left for the services of Mr. Van Gaal. So my question is, if you’ve got it, why not flaunt it?
The negativity towards direct or ‘long ball’ football is nothing new as far as the Premier League are concerned. Sam Allardyce would …

Written on 22 Mar 2015 | No Comments

It is awful, jarring, the equivalent of a scraping fishbone stuck in a football fan’s gullet.
It is a cringe-worthy television advert produced by Qatar Airways, starring the players of F.C. Barcelona.
If the advert did not exist, it would have to be invented. For there is no other existing piece of media that better encapsulates the worldview of football in the neo-liberal age. It is forty seconds of distilled ideology crystallised at its purest.
Juan Mata Leads Man United To Victory
The advert begins by zooming in on a mystical never never land-like …

Written on 17 Mar 2015 | No Comments

February 12th 2012, during David De Gea’s first season at Manchester United, Daniel Dwamena wrote, ‘I myself don’t think he has been as bad as made out, the defenders need to take responsibility also. Without his saves in certain games they could be worse off.’
If we revisit ‘The Book of David, Chapter 1′, I displayed in the first piece on De Gea that United needed to improve defensively and he needed to be consistently picked and we would see him emerge into a great keeper. I also suggested that he …

Written on 16 Mar 2015 | No Comments

When Paul Lambert was removed from his post as the Aston Villa manager; and American owner Randy Lerner swiftly drafted in ex-Spurs manger and a three time England international Tim Sherwood, the odds looked stacked against the new man in charge as he faced the daunting challenge of preventing a misfiring Villa from dropping out of the top division for the first time since 1987.
Many fans were at first sceptical about the appointment of a manager with less than six months experience in first team management, but when he was …

Written on 11 Mar 2015 | No Comments

Arsenal Football Club are on their way to Wembley yet again for a FA Cup semi-final. On Monday night The Gunners booked their place at Wembley after a historical victory over arch rivals, Manchester United, at Old Trafford. It was the first time Arsene Wenger’s men managed to record a victory at The Theatre of Dreams since 2006. Louis van Gaal’s team were far from perfect on the night and Arsenal were quick to capitalise on their opponents’ mistakes to grab a 2-1 victory.
In the last two years we have been seeing …

Written on 8 Mar 2015 | No Comments

The Scene
On a pleasant spring-like Friday night in West London AFC Bournemouth  visited The Cottage to face Fulham FC in a battle that would see Bournemouth move top of the Npower Championship for the 5th time this 2014/15 season with a victory. Fulham sat in 20th place, buoyed by two decent performances, faced an out of sorts Bournemouth team who had slipped to 4th after winning only once in their previous six.
Fulham set up in an attacking looking 4-4-2 diamond formation, with Premier League experienced Bryan Ruiz and Scott Parker …

Written on 3 Mar 2015 | No Comments

There has been a lot of criticism of referees this season especially of late, after Martin Atkinson has failed to see critical decisions that seemed to the naked eye pretty straight forward. As we have all heard Mourinho has picked out minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69 to be the most critical point where Martin Atkinson really needed to do his job and failed. The most critical point of the game came on the 69th minute where Nemanja Matic was sent off for retaliating to what was a horrifying tackle …

Written on 2 Mar 2015 | No Comments

After the diabolical midweek Champions League game for Arsenal against Monaco, many fans are demanding change in the summer and asking the Arsenal board to take sacking Wenger, one of the Premier League’s iconic managers into serious consideration. When Wenger started at Arsenal he built a really strong and sturdy squad, but over time the novelty has worn off. When you think back to the Arsenal Invincible’s, players such as Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, and of course Arsenal fan favourite and the clubs top goalscorer Thierry Henry who were very …

Written on 21 Feb 2015 | No Comments

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said that he is playing Wayne Rooney in midfield out of necessity.
The United captain ended his run of nine games without a goal in all competitions by converting a late penalty in Monday’s 3-1 FA Cup victory over Preston North End.
Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao have been the favourite personnel of the Dutch boss up front of late with Rooney start in the centre of midfield, ahead of the likes of Ander Herrera, Maourane Fellaini and Juan Mata.
It would appear Manchester United …

Written on 19 Feb 2015 | No Comments

Trailing 1-0 at League One opponents Preston North End in the FA Cup after nearly an hour on Monday night, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal decides to take off one of his two strikers and replace him with a winger who has played nine minutes since New Year’s Day.
At this stage, his sole remaining striker, Wayne Rooney, hasn’t scored in nine matches. Is the Dutch manager brave or crazy?
It paid off as Manchester United scored three goals in the remaining half hour to progress into the quarter-finals. That substitute, …