Why Leicester’s success spells boredom for Prem fans

Writing this piece just minutes after a turgid encounter between last season’s top-two finishers, it’s difficult to escape the suspicion that this season’s edition of the English Premier League is going to be a tough watch. Continue reading

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Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal: Wenger Selection Sees Arsenal Lose Further Ground In Title Race

Arsene Wenger’s decision to start Gabriel Paulista ahead of World Cup winner, Per Mertesacker, cost Arsenal two first half goals, allowing an understrength Manchester United to sit in and see the game out on the counter. Continue reading

Manchester United 0-1 Southampton: Groundhog Day At Old Trafford

Phil Connors, the character played by Bill Murray in the 1993 film Groundhog Day, enjoyed more variety in his life than a Manchester United supporter. Saturday afternoon’s performance against Southampton can be safely filed under “more of the same”, with any excitement only briefly provided by the appearance of another rodent – a mouse – on the field of play. Continue reading

Newcastle United 3-3 Manchester United: Defensive Frailty Exposed As Van Gaal Relaxes The Reins

Few would have foreseen an extraordinarily open six-goal thriller at St. James’ Park on Tuesday evening. Even fewer would have foreseen such a wholesale change in tactical emphasis from Manchester United’s Louis Van Gaal. 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

Manchester United 1-0 CSKA Moscow: Van Gaal loosens the restraints to end United goal drought

“We are United, we want to attack!” The refrains of the Old Trafford faithful this evening, one minute after Anthony Martial had been removed in favour of Marouane Fellaini – a substitution that was greeted by loud booing from United fans. Continue reading

Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City: Van Gaal Conservatism Contributes To Dour Stalemate

Manchester City returned to the Premier League summit this afternoon, after a dour scoreless draw against rivals Manchester United – in which both sides’ only effort on target arrived in the final ten minutes. Continue reading