• Morning Editorial: Stakes Higher Than Ever For Mourinho And Guardiola Ahead Of Derby

    The prospect of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho going head-to-head for the Premier League title was a mouth-watering one in August, but it hasn’t quite worked out the way either manager would have hoped. They meet again at Etihad Stadium on Thursday, and Guardiola's City side will go for a repeat of their win over Mourinho's United in September. That win put City top of the table, but it is a long time since either Manchester club was in that position. ...

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  • September 1989: A Magical Manchester Derby

    The Manchester derby on September 23rd 1989 was a very different animal to the box-office spectacle that awaits us this Thursday. The Premier League was but a pipe-dream, Ryan Giggs was still eighteen months away from making his first team debut, and a forty-eight year old Alex Ferguson was under increasing pressure having failed to make any meaningful impact during his three years south of the border. ...

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  • Options Thin As Joe Hart Reaches Critical Career Juncture

    It wouldn’t be fair to say that English football has forgotten about Joe Hart. His appearances for Torino are afforded a degree of recognition, usually when a mistake prompts some snark from observers, and there are regular, easy stories speculating about his future. But, he has been put to the side of many people’s minds, not least because he no longer plays in the Premier League. ...

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  • The Inspirations of 2016/17: Five Players Who Overcame Adversity

    N’Golo Kanté, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sánchez, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Harry Kane are the six nominees to take the PFA Player of the Year honours at the end of the season and they deserve all the recognition they get after putting together excellent seasons. Yet there are several other players who deserve just as much praise for the way they have battled back from injury and illness to help their clubs. Five of them and their accomplishments are discussed right here. ...

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  • Whiteboard Extra: Raheem Sterling: Underrated or Overrated?

    Underrated, or overrated, depending on who you speak to, Raheem Sterling certainly splits opinion. But the stats show that he’s currently enjoy his best season in terms of attacking output. I’m joined by Alex Stewart to talk about his resurgence under Pep Guardiola, his international hopes, and the swathe of unfair, negative criticism levelled against him. ...

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  • Vincent Kompany Rallies Against Injury Nightmare

    It was during a Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv that things really began to appear serious. Just a few minutes into the first knockout round second-leg, Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany winced, fell to the ground and signalled that he needed to come off. The captain had already missed 27 of City’s 46 games that season and here, just as his comeback was getting underway, his calf problems recurred. At that point, after so many injuries, doubts began to surface about whether Kompany would ever be able to reach his previous levels. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling

    We take a look at Manchester City's and England's Raheem Sterling. We analyse his numbers and stats to show why he is an integral player to both club and country. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Raheem Sterling’s Manchester City Season

    Raheem Sterling produced another moment of sublime quality to unlock Lithuania’s defence and set Jermain Defoe up for the opening goal for England in their World Cup qualifier. Sterling has often been the subject of criticism, especially at Euro 2016. A recent Guardian interview saw a candid Sterling suggest that people just don’t like him, irrespective of how he plays, but he should be regarded as one of England’s key players, and once is again finding his form at Manchester City after a quiet last season. That he has done this against a backdrop of intense, even intrusive media coverage, much of which has been tawdry and fixated on his personal life rather than his football, makes his performances even more impressive. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Manchester City Pursue Further Partnership Benefits

    It’s been revealed that Manchester City are close to agreeing a partnership with Uruguayan second division side Atletico Torque, as part of the next stage in City Football Group’s global expansion. The club have identified South America as an area with huge potential, and believe that a partner club in the region would help with commercial growth as they promote the ‘City brand’ across the world. Atletico Torque could become the fourth side to share links with CFG, who already have interest in the A-League, J-League and MLS with Melbourne City, Yokohama Marinos and New York City FC. But will other top clubs follow their lead? Arsenal have a longstanding agreement with French side Lorient that often sees players head out there on loan, while Chelsea and Liverpool share similar relationships with Vitesse Arnhem and KRC Grenk. ...

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  • Why A Desperate Chase For “Gold Dust” Left-Backs Will Be The Story Of The Summer

    Oh what a thrilling summer we have ahead of us, with no major tournament to distract from the ponderous transfer sagas set to dominate the headlines day after day after kill-me-now day. The main plot-lines this time out are expected to be Alexis Sanchez and his protracted exit from the Emirates; Real Madrid’s never-ending pursuit of Sergio Aguero; and the tabloids’ complicity in the delusion that Antoine Griezmann will seriously consider joining a club whose average league standing in recent times has been slightly better than nowhere. ...

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