Mediocre Manchester: Who will sing a song for Europe?

THREE years ago, maybe less,  it was the centre of England’s football universe, but as 2015-16 draws to a close, supporters of both Manchester United and City will consider the season a failure – even if United win the FA Cup. United desperately need a trophy this year to end three years without a single bauble. City, although making steady progress in the UEFA Champions … Continue reading Mediocre Manchester: Who will sing a song for Europe?

Does LVG feel the hot breath of the “Class of ‘92”?

PAUL SCHOLES’ latest criticism of Louis van Gaal’s team merely voices what many people are thinking about Manchester United – hard to beat and hard to watch. But it also adds to the pressure building around the United manager and suggests that the inner sanctum at Old Trafford are at one on the future of the increasingly uncomfortable Van Gaal. Scholes, of course, may have … Continue reading Does LVG feel the hot breath of the “Class of ‘92”?

Van Gaal’s record compares favourably…in normal times

MANCHESTER UNITED’s season continued to spiral out of control with a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat at Stoke City. Most managers start to develop siege mentality when results, media and supporters start to go against them and Louis van Gaal has certainly started to build the barricades. He may need strong fortification, though, for the signs are that United may be on the brink of making … Continue reading Van Gaal’s record compares favourably…in normal times

Cup defeat a reminder of United’s long way back….

It was once the clash of the titans, two footballing supertankers. Great minds battling against each other. A high-octane clash, never more graphically captured than when Martin Keown screamed his delight at Ruud van Nistelrooy after the Dutchman had missed a late penalty. Schadenfreude at its best, or a scene from Planet of the Apes. You choose. Manchester United v Arsenal used to mean something. … Continue reading Cup defeat a reminder of United’s long way back….

World Cup Day Two: No repeat of 2010, please!

Brazil may have given their fans the result they craved, but Croatia have every right to feel aggrieved after one of the worst penalty decisions seen in a World Cup. It could have been a far worse opening game, but the referee may have been suffering from the “Anfield factor” in giving Brazil a penalty and failing to see Fred’s theatrics. Neymar won the day … Continue reading World Cup Day Two: No repeat of 2010, please!