Posts Tagged ‘Premier League’

Van Gaal is master craftsman who will be let down by his tools

Posted on: August 10th, 2014 by Scott No Comments

There is a very different feeling around Old Trafford. The gloom of last season has lifted and been replaced with a wave of optimism and a feeling that the empire is about to strike back. That change is all down to the arrival of one man – Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman has swept into [...]


Manchester United physio scoops Fabrice Muamba Award

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Long-serving Manchester United head physiotherapist Rob Swire has won the Fabrice Muamba Award at the North West Football Awards. The ceremony was held at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, on Monday night. Swire is the second winner of the ‘Fabrice Muamba Award for Medical and Sports Science Professional’, [...]


Community Shield 2013 Preview

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Manchester United vs. Wigan   Manchester United and Wigan Athletic will contest the 91st Community Shield (formerly Charity Shield) at Wembley Stadium this Sunday. It will be the first time since 1980 that a side from outside the top division has featured in the shield match, with FA Cup winning Championship side Wigan, taking on [...]


Jose Mourinho was not “special” at Chelsea

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

There seems to be a myth about Jose Mourinho’s first spell as Chelsea manager. That myth seems to be that Mourinho did the impossible, the implausible and the unexpected. In truth Mourinho did exactly what was expected and achieved nothing out of the ordinary at Chelsea.   The fact is that Mourinho arrived at Chelsea [...]


Premier League like the Bundesliga? No Thanks

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

When two German teams reached the Champions League Final, and not one English club made the quarterfinals, the reaction was inevitable. “We should be more like them”. “The German model is perfect”. “We are so far behind them”. Actually that’s all rubbish. It’s an over exaggeration and overlooks the strengths of the Premier League and [...]



Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Player of the Season   Winner: Gareth Bale Runner Up: Robin Van Persie   This was a straightforward choice in the end. While Bale did not start the season brilliantly he has found incredible form since Christmas and has essentially carried Tottenham all season long. Without Bale, Spurs would have been nowhere near the top [...]


Paul Scholes: The Greatest Midfielder of the Premier League Era

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

As retirements go, Paul Scholes rather allowed his to slip under the radar, hidden behind the attention that Sir Alex Fergusons own retirement received. That sums up Paul Scholes the man really. Unflashy, uncomplicated and reliable to the end. As a player however Scholes was something unique, special, and a man who stood out from [...]


Ferguson Retires as the Greatest Manager in History

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

November 1986. Ron Atkinson departed Manchester United and was replaced by Alex Ferguson. After initial struggles, Ferguson has overseen a quarter of a decade of dominance at Old Trafford and retires as the greatest manager the game has ever seen.   To stay at one club for so long is an incredible achievement in itself. [...]


Manchester United would not miss Wayne Rooney

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

The Wayne Rooney leaving Manchester United exit rumours continue to rumble on. Paris St. Germain are clearly interested in signing Rooney who seems as though he wants a new deal at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson seems to be sidelining Rooney more and more and it would be perfectly understandable if he chose to get [...]


Di Canio’s Sunderland rock Newcastle in Tyne Wear Derby

Posted on: April 14th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Sunderland produced a stunning performance to beat local rivals Newcastle by three goals to nil to kick-start their surge for survival. New manager Paolo Di Canio stood out with flamboyant celebrations as his side earned a critical three points.   It was Sunderland’s first win over Newcastle since 2008 and they were the better team [...]