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Premier League: Manchester United and The Rise of the Northwest

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Alex Ferguson’s strongest asset was not his tactical superiority over his peers but it was his winning mentality. Any team fielded by him, went on to the pitch expecting and playing for a win. With the arrival of David Moyes – a manager generally content with a 6th place finish – they lost that winning mentality and the theatre of dreams was no longer the fortress it used to be and instead became a place where premier league teams’ dreams come true. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Incompetent Arsene vs Inflexible Brendan: A tale of two managers

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First Half

Rodgers got his pre match tactics spot on. He was aware that Wenger has one preferred way of playing football and built his pre match preparation to counter that perfectly. With the exception of Ramsey’s disallowed goal – admittedly wrongful – Arsenal were no match to Liverpool in the first half. Liverpool dominated the first half because of 4 main players – 2 from either side – Chambers, Coquelin, Lucas and Can. Read the rest of this entry »

Balotelli or Suarez – What is Rodgers’ plan for Benteke?

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In recent years, Liverpool fans got used to signing high profile strikers. Every couple of years a new player comes in, carrying the burden of a high price tag and facing the unforgiving jury. Torres and Suarez were the obvious success stories, while Andy Carroll and Balotelli flopped. Benteke’s signing could go both ways depending on the style of football and team setup that Rodgers chooses for next season. Read the rest of this entry »