Has Paul Pogba flopped at Manchester United?

Paul Pogba has publicised his desire for a “new challenge” away from Old Trafford. The Frenchman stated, “it could be a good time” to move onto greener pastures whilst acknowledging “everything that happened this season, being [his] best season”. This follows a precarious three years at Manchester United, where a large section of supporters have …

Solskjær’s Slump: A deeper look into Manchester United’s recent decline

With just two unconvincing wins in their last eight games and a Manchester derby to come, many would argue that Ole has lost control of the wheel. It seemed hopeful at first, with Solskjær’s first league loss coming against Arsenal, a whole 83 days after his appointment. But after a string of languid performances, there …

An insight into practical solutions to racism in football

Just over 30 years separates the infamous John Barnes’ banana back-heel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang confronted by the same repulsive animus from rival fans last December. While the perpetrator at the Emirates was banned and fined, minimal action has been taken by football’s governing bodies to vigorously stamp racism out of football. Lip service has been …

Manchester City v Chelsea Tactical Breakdown

Pre-game: Manchester City went into their clash against Chelsea needing a win to return to the top of the Premier League. But City would only climb above Liverpool on goal difference, something which Pep Guardiola stressed the importance of in this season’s title race. Chelsea, recently buoyed by their 5-0 drubbing of Huddersfield, were looking …

Manchester United’s Transformation under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United have seven wins from seven games under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In doing so, Solskjaer has managed to get this United team to play much closer to their full capacity than Jose Mourinho. This transformation has caused intrigue amongst football fans as most began to wonder what exactly Solskjaer is doing differently …

A deeper look into the Sterling Saga and reactions

When Raheem Sterling aptly addressed the racist abuse he received at Stamford Bridge, he began a discussion which has long been overdue: Why are black players treated differently in the media? Aside from the wider issue of racism, one response to that question would be: because there are not enough black journalists to represent black …

Arsenal v Liverpool Tactical Breakdown

Pre-game: Watching Emery’s first season at Arsenal, it is clear that he opts to play out from defence to build attacks. This is facilitated by the passing options available to the keeper with the centre backs split, the defensive midfielders dropping deep and wingers operating in the half spaces. Going into the game it was …

The Sorry State of British Football Punditry

A large proportion of the football pundits on our televisions are ex-professionals. Some viewers see this as a positive due to the belief that professional experience brings a level of insight which is unmatched to the ordinary fan. Personally, I think that is rubbish. Sky Sports Pundit : Gary Neville[/caption] Pundits do not need to …

The Washed One

Jose Mourinho is arguably the most polarising figure in world football today. Despite his critics, he is also one of the most decorated managers. So, on 27th May 2016, when it was announced that Mourinho had been appointed as manager of Manchester United, fans were relatively optimistic of what the future held. However, after the …