Talking Tactics – GW1

Man United 4 – West Ham 0 During the Premier League era United have regularly beaten their opponents through dynamic wing play but this game was won in the middle of the pitch. Juan Mata and Henrikh Mhkitaryan remained narrow throughout joining Paul Pogba and the impressive Nemanja Matic in central positions, thus outnumbering the…

EPL Season Preview Part III

Stoke City The departures of Jon Walters and Glenn Whelan suggest a long overdue changing of the guard at the Brittania; a battleground once heralded by grit, steel and determination became a playground for the bigger teams. A final day win over Southampton was Stoke’s only win against a top 10 side last season, a…

EPL Season Preview – Part II

Huddersfield Being the first team promoted from the Championship with a negative goal difference might cement your place in pub quiz history but it won’t do your chances of cementing a premier league place any good. David Wagner says they’re the biggest underdogs in the history of the Premier League. They were underdogs last year…

EPL Season Preview – Part I

Arsenal For the first time under Arsene Wenger’s stewardship the Gunners start a campaign without a Champions League last 16 drubbing from Bayern Munich to look forward to. Instead, the North Londoners will slog it out in the Europa League, which has historically been considered more hassle than it’s worth but United’s success in it…

The Poisoned Chalice of the England Goalkeeping Position

If MTV are in need of a new reality TV series, they should give serious consideration to England’s search for a goalkeeper. Their hunt since David Seaman’s retirement has been a comedic yet despairingly dramatic affair. More than ten different goalkeepers have come and gone, all playing pertinent roles in what has been a hilariously…

Why yer Da is wrong about Granit Xhaka

Has anyone ever recommended a film to you, billing it as the funniest movie they’ve ever seen, acclaimed it an absolute must-see and dubbed it film of the year? That’s what signing for Arsenal is like. No matter how good the film actually is, it can only ever fail to live up to expectation. The…

José Mourinho’s summer shopping list

Every year, summer’s arrival can be pinpointed by a series of natural occurrences. Birds migrate north, the Arctic Circle enjoys 24 hours of light and the tabloids link Man United to every footballer under the sun. Ed Woodward’s fondness for adding zero’s to a cheque, reminiscent of a fourth grader adding x’s to a Valentines…

5 lesser known La Liga Stars who could shine in Brazil

Sofiane Feghouli Representing Algeria at this summer’s event, the tricky winger was one of few positives for Valencia this season, notching four goals and eight assists as Los Che stumbled to eight in the league.

Diego Costa – The Man or The Myth?

Diego Costa – The Man or The Myth? The referee put his whistle to his mouth, and blew for the final time that night. Its screech echoed around a packed Vicente Calderon which within milliseconds had erupted into a rapturous roar, half joy, and half relief. Fan favourite Diego Costa collapsed into a heap on…