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Mourinho’s “young eggs” – don’t believe the hype

Mourinho’s “young eggs” – don’t believe the hype

Just after Chelsea had fallen behind to Basle in the Champions League last night, the Sky Sports commentator asked whether Chelsea’s youngsters truly had it in them to drag themselves back into the game. I thought it seemed a fairly astonishing thing to say given the experience within the Stamford Bridge team’s first x11, and [...]

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BALLBAGS – Manchester United’s “luck of the draw” in domestic cup competitions

When David Moyes hit out at the Premier League a couple of weeks ago, suggesting a “conspiracy against United” in terms of our opening run of fixtures in the new campaign (I think we all know that run now: Swansea, Chelsea, Liverpool, Palace, City), he may have been continuing a fine tradition of controlled paranoia [...]

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Anderson – Six years later

Anderson – Six years later

Manchester United beat Kitchee FC 5-2 in their final game of the pre-season tour of the East and Anderson got a rare 90 minute run out. That game marked the six year anniversary of Anderson Luis de Abreu Oliveira being granted a work permit to play in the UK, and four days later the boy [...]

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Kagawa’s Display in the Confederations Cup

Kagawa’s Display in the Confederations Cup

Jurgen Klopp, the exuberent Borussia Dortmund manager, said that it broke his heart to see his former charge, Shinji Kagawa, shunted out to the left-wing for Manchester United. He felt Kagawa was far more effective in the hole, as a deep-lying striker. In the number 10 role. Last night, in an extraordinary, breathless match between [...]

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Head Injuries and Wayne Rooney

Head Injuries and Wayne Rooney

The findings of a study into the long-term effects on the brain of heading footballs were published this week in the online journal Radiology. According to the report, footballers who head the ball with “high frequency” show piss-poor performance in memory tests, and have “brain abnormalities similar to those found in traumatic brain injury patients.” [...]

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Knowing me, knowing you, Zaha – From Indiana Jones to Cool Runnings

Knowing me, knowing you, Zaha – From Indiana Jones to Cool Runnings

They say the Beetham Tower is the only building in Manchester with a sea-view. From the summit of it – some 47 storeys high – you can see miles into the distance. It is a vantage point Manchester United have had to get used to – Robin Van Persie aside – in terms of spotting [...]

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Keep Calm and Pass Him the Ball: Dimitar Berbatov, a retrospective

Keep Calm and Pass Him the Ball: Dimitar Berbatov, a retrospective

It was approaching 11:30pm on Monday 22nd April 2013 BFR. (Before Fergie Retired). The pubs – The Trafford, Sam Platts, The Tollgate – had been cleared and staff were starting the long, hard clean-up operation. The last, straggling cars in the many unofficial car parks surrounding Old Trafford were gunning their engines, preparing to leave. [...]

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