Month: September 2015

On LVG’s tactical mishaps that could potentially cost Manchester United

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On the face of it Manchester United have improved significantly in this season’s Premier League. They are sitting second in the table and are three points behind their rival neighbours; this season’s pacesetters Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson eluded in a recent interview to the progress made by LVG and pointed out the Dutchman’s pedigree from his spells at Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich. Read the rest of this entry »

Chelsea’s struggles are tactical not a “third season” symptom

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The lack of success in Jose Mourinho’s third seasons has always been a source of criticism. In his fifteen years of management he has never stayed at the same team after the third season. His return to Chelsea was to create a dynasty and become Chelsea’s equivalent of Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson or a successful version of Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger. But what can be said of the fact that the start of the “Mourinho third year” in his latest reign as Chelsea manager corresponds to Chelsea’s worse start of a league campaign in the Premier League era? Read the rest of this entry »

Manchester United vs Liverpool – Will LVG hand the game to Brendan?

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This weekend’s box office match is the showdown between the two most successful teams in the history of the English game. Sir Alex’s Ferguson’s enduring legacy was how he successfully knocked Liverpool off their perch. Yet the post-Fergie era hints at a similar fate for United as the one that befell their northern rivals. Both teams started this season with very high expectations. Manchester United embarks on their second season with LVG at the helm and a fan base that expects results after a number of high profile signings. Liverpool on the other hand appear to have perhaps learnt their lesson from previous transfer windows and have brought in a number of potential “signing of the season” candidates. This weekend’s clash is about much more than just the 3 points. It is about bragging rights and a long term rivalry – The question now is not about who is better equipped to win this match, but who will tactically nullify the opposition and come out on top? The answer to this question lies in the hands of the Manchester United manager. Read the rest of this entry »

“Quality” players that Arsenal Wenger should have looked at

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Arsene Wenger has used his annual party-line of “no quality players on the market” to justify another miserable transfer window. He looks and sounds like a different man to the one who consistently unearthed young exciting talents in the first decade of his tenure. Here is a look at a number of players in different positions who would have made an upgrade to his current squad without the need for splashing astronomical cash sums as Wenger would have us believe. Read the rest of this entry »

How LVG can get the best out of Anthony Martial

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The last day of the transfer window saw Manchester United surprise everyone with the signing of Monaco’s teenager Anthony Martial. A lot of debate has gone into whether he deserves the £36m fee that makes him the most expensive teenager in the history of the game and whether he will be more than just a substitute to Wayne Rooney. Read the rest of this entry »

For the second time this season, United sign Arsene Wenger’s perfect player

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Morgan Schneiderlin

Arsenal’s match against Manchester City last season has seen the birth of Francis Coquelin. After years of struggling to even cement his place in Championship teams, Coquelin was suddenly seen as the solution to Arsenal’s midfield problems. His rise to prominence is akin to Macheda’s for Manchester United in 2009. He was seen as the saviour of United’s scoring woes until his eventual fall from grace. Read the rest of this entry »