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Arsenal Preview: All’s Well That Ends Welbz

Arsenal Preview: All’s Well That Ends Welbz

  In the modern era, any Arsenal v Manchester United offering has signified a table topping battle for domestic glory and all-important bragging rights. This season’s first serving may represent a slightly less appealing dish as a result of each side’s positively under-whelming beginning to proceedings. At sixth and seventh respectively in the table after [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part IV: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s aim at United, almost joining Liverpool and selling Welbeck

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part IV: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s aim at United, almost joining Liverpool and selling Welbeck

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part III: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s history in Holland, Verheijen’s criticism and influence on Guardiola

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part III: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s history in Holland, Verheijen’s criticism and influence on Guardiola

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part II: Hugo Borst on Rooney, Van Gaal’s philosophy and Fergie comparisons

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part II: Hugo Borst on Rooney, Van Gaal’s philosophy and Fergie comparisons

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part I: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal obsession, signing Strootman and Gay Pride

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part I: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal obsession, signing Strootman and Gay Pride

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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Palace Preview: Making Up For Lost Ground

Palace Preview: Making Up For Lost Ground

It would be nice to say that last Sunday’s derby defeat had been completely forgotten about but unfortunately that isn’t the case. The defeat at the Etihad can however be looked back upon for some positive reasons despite the Reds leaving empty handed and a further two defenders down for the visit of Crystal Palace [...]

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City Preview: Make Mine a Bitter

City Preview: Make Mine a Bitter

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will take charge of his first Manchester derby on Sunday, as the Reds travel to Wastelands looking to close the gap between the two sides to just a point. Vast improvements in the side are plain to see, and though the last two matches have resulted in only a [...]

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PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part II

PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part II

Danny Taylor, The Guardian’s chief football writer PREDICTION: 3-2 City The strange thing is that while everyone has been obsessed with United’s defence – and let’s not pretend it’s been pretty – City have kept only two clean sheets from their nine Premier League matches as well. They have looked strangely subdued at times and [...]

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The Month: United remain fun to watch in October

Manchester United could do with more points, at least to avoid the annoying, if true, suggestion that it’s going the same way as it did under Moyes. Thing is, even with all that’s happened, United are a lot more fun to watch — and to think, talk and write about — this season, an opinion [...]

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PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part I

PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part I

Mike Keegan, Sports writer, BBC Sport PREDICTION: 2-1 City Expecting City to bounce back here. For me, United’s draw with Chelsea papered over the defensive cracks. Drogba is not Aguero. Yes, United might score, but who would bet against City failing to respond? There are too many mismatches for me to see anything other than [...]

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STATS: Best Manchester XI

STATS: Best Manchester XI

Ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby, statistics released by EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team have put paid to fan arguments across the country and revealed the best combined starting XI of the two clubs. Much has been made of the supposed shift in power in Manchester and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the [...]

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Kicking the Sunday Blues

Kicking the Sunday Blues

It’s a rare occasion when United are labelled underdogs at Old Trafford, but such has been Chelsea’s blistering start to the campaign, coupled with a difficult start to proceedings for Louis Van Gaal’s side that in this instance, that is in fact the case. Tickets for the game (as with any other United game) are [...]

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Let’s get three more in against the Baggies

Let’s get three more in against the Baggies

The International break usually provides a relatively dull and unwelcome inconvenience for football fans, but this couldn’t have been more true than for Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United. Not only did the fixture list throw up numerous uninspiring affairs, but it halted a much needed momentum found within the Old Trafford camp after a [...]

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Daley Blind: reading between the lines

Daley Blind: reading between the lines

Quality comes in many forms. Not every player is able to flash their calibre through such self-evident acts of brilliance as a decisive finish, a last-ditch tackle, a defence-splitting pass or some mazy dribble past multiple markers. Defensive midfielders seem particularly prone to going overlooked and unloved by those unable or unwilling to appreciate the [...]

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Getting stuck into The Toffees

Getting stuck into The Toffees

Last week’s 2-1 victory over West Ham was by no means particularly convincing, nor the manner of performance we would have expected, but it’s another three points on the board and a confidence builder after a slightly troubled beginning to the Louis van Gaal era. The Dutchman will be forced to make changes ahead of the [...]

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