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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, …

Written on 12 Feb 2015 | No Comments

This year’s FA Cup has already thrown up more surprises than any in recent memory. The two favourites and current Premier League top two, Chelsea and Manchester City were dumped out of the competition at home to lower league opposition in the third round.
The elimination of the favourites brought a lot of excitement to fans around England and has certainly improved the chances of those top four challengers who are already out of the Premier League title running, and has also seen an uptick in demand for FA Cup tickets …

Written on 11 Feb 2015 | No Comments

Growing up, most of us dreamed of becoming a professional footballer. After all, footballers seem to have it made. They get to play the beautiful game for a living, have luxurious lifestyles, and earn a bucket load of money. Last year Rooney, for example, earned just under £30 a minute (£1785 an hour). But is his salary the norm? And is football really the best-paid sport?
In terms of overall footballer’s earnings, Christiano Ronaldo came out on top in 2014, receiving a reported £33 million from his Real Madrid salary and …

Written on 25 Jan 2015 | No Comments

It is a truism that statistics can tell you anything you want them to, but ultimately the cannot or should not ignored. There has been an undoubted renaissance in Liverpool’s recent form, so much so that we might realistically expect to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.
The FA Cup fourth round tie against Bolton at Anfield yesterday is a prime example of the problems that the club is currently facing – namely an inability to break down teams that “park the bus” on the 18 yard …

Written on 22 Jan 2015 | No Comments

Manchester united manager Louis Van Gaal has developed a head scratcher regarding two of the world most recognisable strikers. Which would make many automatically think that Van Gaal would be overjoyed by having this dilemma. This is strangely not the case. Following the summer ‘loan’ signing of Radamel Falcao Manchester United must have been licking there lips; a strike force of Rooney, Van Persie, Mata, and Di Maria. Throw in Falcao and United’s forward line could rival any in world football. Van Gaal’s decision to bring the Colombian international was …

Written on 18 Jan 2015 | No Comments

A tantalizing end to last season saw Liverpool come within touching distance of a league title; 2 points adrift of eventual winners Manchester City come the final day. The result was many supporters of the club choosing to try and forget the 3 game collapse and rather look forward to a 3 month period of rest, recovery, and most importantly, progression. It seemed, going into the summer that with the right additions, and limited departures, 2014-15 season might just see that 19th league title come to Anfield.
Half a season, 1 …

Written on 14 Jan 2015 | No Comments

The first international break of 2015 comes at the end of March, but the England manager, Roy Hodgson, must currently be contemplating on which strikers to call up to the squad, if all are fit. The 2014/15 Premier League season has been a success so far for English strikers who are trying to appeal to Hodgson, which was highlighted last weekend (3rd and 4th of January). I believe that Roy Hodgson sees Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck as his key three strikers, who he will consistently pick, subject …