Showing posts from February, 2016

Manchester United vs Arsenal

Pre-Match Analysis:Sunday 28th February is the day where the globe will stop to watch the eagerly anticipated fixture between the Devils of Manchester and the Gunners of London: Manchester United will face Arsenal at Old Trafford. Two teams that have a glittering footballing history and an array of talented players, will battle for three points that are crucial to both of their seasons. For Arsenal, a win would move them back to the top of the league if Leicester fail to beat Norwich. A United win would see us close the gap to three points behind our noisy neighbours Man City who are in fourth-place. This match is a global fixture that will be watched by millions of fans worldwide. Both clubs have to be praised for their role as football ambassadors and increasing the popularity of football across the globe.
Today’s fixture will mark off what has been an incredibly horny week for United fans: a captivating, commanding and compelling win against FC Midtjylland on Thursday evening which…

Manchester United vs Midtjylland

So, Manchester United are through to the next round of the Europa League after a 5-1 win (6-3 agg) against Danish side, FC Midtjylland. The 5-1 scoreline makes it seem as if United have strolled into the next stage of the competition, but is that truly the case?

In all truth, Midtjylland were a side who United should have been beaten comfortably, but over the two ties this was far from the case. In the first leg we saw United look truly terrible as they were visibly struggling against the Danes, where they slumped to a 2-1 loss, making the return tie one of the most important games of the season as United's Champions League hopes for next season are seemingly hinged on Europa League success.

United went into the game looking like a broken side; many big name injuries, a string of poor results, and a fan base getting increasingly frustrated with each passing match. Amongst these injuries was the late withdrawal of one of the standout players of the season, Anthony Martial, just 20…

Midtjylland vs Manchester United

Pre-Match Analysis: Tonight we face FC Midtjylland in the Europa league – a trophy which we have never won. This was a fact that Van Gaal was keen to point out in the press conference leading up to this match. Maybe he sees this as a silver lining to being relegated in the group stages of the Champions League? One thing is for certain though, we cannot go easy – as much as for pride as for the fact that a 4th place finish in the PL looks tougher and tougher every day and we need to have a contingency plan in order to make sure that we’re playing the highest level of European football next season.

We come in to this match after a bad run. First we were robbed of 2 points at Stamford Bridge, and just last weekend we lost to Sunderland 2-1. LVG has been placed under growing scrutiny over the past 2 months over his future at the club. Many sources including Roy Hodgson have said that Mourinho has all but signed the contract, and while LVG has maintained that he has a good relationship wi…

Sunderland vs Manchester United

Pre-Match Analysis: Today’s early kick off in the Premier League sees relegation strugglers Sunderland host Champions League chasers United. After 25 games, Sunderland are in 19th place with 20 points whereas United are in 5th place with 41 points. It is an important game for both teams since a win would be significant for Sunderland’s season in ensuring that they avoid relegation. A win for United would strengthen their claims for a top four finish.

In their last league game, United were held to a 1-1 draw against Chelsea. Van Gaal named an unchanged side who led the game after 61 minutes’ courtesy of a great finish from Jesse Lingard. The game ended in disappointment as we conceded a late goal in stoppage time after Diego Costa put the ball in the back of the net. Many would view the game against Sunderland as one that United must and should win. The pressure under LVG has decreased immensely although the dynamics have shifted to the speculation that United have held talks with th…

Neymar's Rise To Fame

Neymar, a sensational and quite brilliant winger who has taken the world by storm since he first appeared on the football stage. Neymar has experienced a career of two halves, once at Santos and then transferred European and Spanish giants Barcelona. Many people underestimated Neymar when he was at Santos, critics often pointing out that the recognition he had acquired , he was not quite worthy of, because the league he was actively playing in was not quite as challenging as some of the better leagues in Europe. Nevertheless, Neymar was still the standout player and has always been a promising talent and potentially future world’s best footballer.