Leicester City 0-0 Manchester City: Ranieri and Pellegrini Both Spring Tactical Surprises

Leicester City will go into the New Year level on points with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, after an uneventful – but tactically interesting – scoreless draw against Manchester City. Continue reading

Stoke City 2-0 Manchester United: How Stoke Hammered Another Nail In The Coffin Of Van Gaal’s Moribund Manchester United Reign

There were numerous moments during Saturday afternoon’s defeat to Stoke City that one could highlight to illustrate the irreparable dysfunction rife amid the ranks of Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United. Continue reading

Everton 2-3 Leicester City: Ranieri Channels Simeone’s Atletico To Send Leicester City Top At Xmas

It is arguably the most remarkable turnaround in fortunes in Premier League history. Saturday afternoon’s victory at Goodison Park ensured that Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City side will sit atop the league tree this Christmas – a far cry from 12 months ago, when they languished at its foot. Continue reading

Bournemouth 2-1 Manchester United: Hapless Van Gaal Upstaged By Clever Howe In Latest United Reverse

Louis van Gaal’s second defeat in five days had a lot in common with the first. Two concessions from set-pieces prompted the Dutchman to turn to Nick Powell – who made his last Premier League appearance over three years ago – as an unlikely emergency target man. Continue reading