• Mesut Ozil: Arsenal’s False Standard Bearer

    Mesut Ozil's Arsenal career does now appear to be coming to an end. His contract will expire next summer and, with interested parties able to approach him from January onwards, he is already a gossip column fixture. Jose Mourinho, of course, being the latest manager to reportedly carry an interest. It's too early to write Ozil's Arsenal obituary, but the prospect of him playing for a larger, wealthier club with many more star players creates an interesting discussion point: is he, perhaps, a rare example of a world class player who needs to be surrounded by glinting talent to thrive. ...

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  • How Will Manchester United Cope Without Paul Pogba?

    Manchester United face CSKA Moscow in their second Champions League game this season. They will have to do so without star player Paul Pogba. This video examines how the team might shape up without their charismatic midfielder, and get a positive result. ...

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  • Paul Pogba’s Unpardonable Sin

    Paul Pogba has committed an unpardonable sin, but we’ll get to that in a moment. More importantly, the Manchester United midfielder should be in mourning. He and his team have just returned from a 2-2 draw at Stoke City, a result that has ended any chances of claiming the Premier League title. During that game, he was thrown out of his rhythm by Mark Hughes’ careful exposure of his defensive weaknesses, and his showing was so shameful that he really should consider wearing a sack on his head when he next appears in public. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: France Must Move Away From Individualism To Succeed

    There are no easy answers after France’s goalless draw with Luxembourg in Toulouse on Sunday evening. The hosts should have thumped their tiny neighbours. The disparities between shots, possession, saves made, pass completion percentages and more contemporary metrics such as expected goals clearly pointed to a home win, but it wasn’t to be. France remain top of their group but only by a point and their remaining fixtures – away to Bulgaria and at home to Belarus – could be deceptively tricky. ...

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  • Put The Caution Aside: Manchester United Are Actually Very Impressive

    Manchester United have started the season really well. Indeed, in an entire 20-team division, they are the only side to have won all three of their games so far. Now, this could be chalked up to an accident of the fixture calendar as those matches would all have been games from which they would have expected to get all three points but played three, won three, scored 10 and conceded none is just about as good as anyone could have expected in the bit between the start of the season and the first international break. And in recent years, "games from which they would have expected to get all three points" have stopped being taken for granted. ...

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  • By The Numbers: How Paul Pogba Has Improved At Manchester United

    This was initially released in February 2017 A brand new series where we team up with Alex Stewart and Craig Silcock to show, with the use of his season statistics, the gradual improvement of Paul Pogba at Manchester United - where he excels, and where he can improve. To view our whole catalogue of videos, please visit our YouTube page by clicking here ...

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  • Why Does Jose Mourinho Want To Keep Marouane Fellaini?

    Despite reports linking him with a move away from Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini is staying put this summer. Why? Because Jose Mourinho still considers him a vital member of his squad. “It is easier for Galatasaray to get me than to get Marouane,” he said of the Turkish club’s reported interest in the Belgian. “He is too important to me.” But what exactly does Mourinho see in Fellaini to consider him such a vital part of his plans, especially with the more reliable Nemanja Matic having arrived from Chelsea? Well, despite the Serbian’s move north, United’s cupboard of central midfielders remains little more stocked than Old Mother Hubbard’s. While Matic, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera are the likely starters in the middle of the park, the only other natural backups are Michael Carrick and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who can both expect their playing time to be limited by their years of birth, with the former now too old to play every match and the latter still inexperienced at his raw age of 19. Throw an injury and suspension or two into the mix, or the need to rotate ahead of Champions League nights, and Mourinho’s options would all of a sudden be very limited. While it’s true that he has defenders he could shift forward or attacking midfielders he could ask to drop deeper, there is a clear benefit to keeping Fellaini as one further central option. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Nemanja Matic Makes Sense For Manchester United

    Manchester United's pursuit of Nemanja Matic dropped out of the limelight earlier this summer as they spectacularly beat Chelsea to the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton, but on Monday the Old Trafford club announced they had added the Serb to their squad. When the news of United's interest in Matic first broke last month, however, it received a lukewarm response from some supporters. The Chelsea man lacks the wow factor of a Premier League newcomer, and the £40m price-tag was considered high for a player approaching his 29th birthday. ...

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  • Brief History Of: How Mino Raiola Became One Of The Most Powerful Men In Football

    Sir Alex Ferguson called him a very rude word. He's been investigated for transfer irregularities. Last year he bought Al Capone's villa in Miami. He was a millionaire aged 19 after buying then selling a McDonalds franchise. But most importantly, Carmine 'Mino' Raiola is one of the most powerful men in football. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Romelu Lukaku Should Help Manchester United Challenge For The League Again

    Romelu Lukaku has spoken of his desire to make Manchester United "the dominant force" again, and he will be a key factor in helping the club climb their way back to the top. It'll be a tough task however, after United finished sixth in the Premier League last season, a massive 24 points behind champions Chelsea, the team Lukaku rejected in favour of a move to Old Trafford. ...

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