Manchester United are the worst Premier League side for encouraging the opposition

Half-time, 1-0. Manchester United are a goal to the good away at Burnley after Paul Pogba’s ruthless finish, and their opponents are yet to have a shot on goal. Ralf Rangnick’s side should be two or three ahead, and they would be if it weren’t for at least one appalling decision from the officials. Cue … Continue reading Manchester United are the worst Premier League side for encouraging the opposition

Motherwell 0-0 Hibernian: A moment of madness ruined an otherwise watchable game

As four 0-0 scorelines across the Premiership at half-time proved, there were never bound to be a flurry of exhilarating matches tonight. However, for 73 minutes, Motherwell and Hibernian actually did a valiant job of defying the weather and putting on a decent show. For the most part, this wasn’t a bad game. Hibs had … Continue reading Motherwell 0-0 Hibernian: A moment of madness ruined an otherwise watchable game

Everything wrong with football in 2021

Thirty-one minutes had been played of Manchester City’s 5-2 win over Southampton when Alex McCarthy miscontrolled in his own box. City starlet Phil Foden raced on to the ball, nipping it past, and subsequently being caught by, the goalkeeper’s outstretched foot. Foden fell to the ground, but valiantly pulled himself up and tried to finish … Continue reading Everything wrong with football in 2021

Barcelona’s wounds are deep, and they won’t heal until they let Messi go

It was the 85th minute of last night’s Champions League tie between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, and the home side were clinging on to what little dignity they had remaining. Finding themselves 3-1 down, they had conceded three away goals and, had fans been allowed in the Camp Nou, would surely have been subject to … Continue reading Barcelona’s wounds are deep, and they won’t heal until they let Messi go

Do entertaining performances really deserve more praise than ‘boring’ defensive performances?

Leeds United travelled to London for their first game of 2021 and were soundly beaten by a typical Tottenham Hotspur performance; Leeds had the most of the ball and created a roughly equal number of chances, but fell to a 3-0 loss.  Just four days prior, Marcelo Bielsa’s side had romped to a 5-0 win … Continue reading Do entertaining performances really deserve more praise than ‘boring’ defensive performances?

Why Manchester United shouldn’t favour the left flank

According to WhoScored.com, Manchester United’s style of play is characterised by “attacking down the left”. This has become a well-documented phenomenon over the previous few months; why do a team with a such a wealth of offensive talent focus their efforts so heavily down one side of the park? Is it a deliberate choice from … Continue reading Why Manchester United shouldn’t favour the left flank