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Hawkeye: Marvel’s final 2021 project hit the target… just

Marvel’s Hawkeye fired the studio’s final arrow of 2021, and came close to epitomising the studio’s yearly efforts in a single television show; it was packed full of high highs and low lows, but finally settled somewhere in the middle. Jeremy Renner’s return as Avenger Clint Barton didn’t quite take the marvellous risk that WandaVision … Continue reading Hawkeye: Marvel’s final 2021 project hit the target… just

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

Solskjaer’s press conferences are a mark of his ineptitude

Manchester United managers need to be built a certain way. Taking charge of one of the most highly scrutinised clubs in the world is no mean feat; pressure from fans is intense, criticism from the media is a given and success is a must. With the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handles his press appearances, however, … Continue reading Solskjaer’s press conferences are a mark of his ineptitude

Southgate must be out of his mind to defend Pickford so profusely

“We have some competition for places but I would have to say that there is nobody who I think is challenging seriously at the moment to push him out of that position.” This view on Jordan Pickford’s England status must surely have come from an uneducated fan on Twitter? An under-qualified pundit, perhaps? Or a … Continue reading Southgate must be out of his mind to defend Pickford so profusely