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Moyes Must Groom Winning Culture at Old Trafford

David Moyes faces the unenviable task of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Naturally, as the world’s most instantly recognisable footballing brand, hardly a day goes by without a player being linked with the club name. However, it is imperative that Moyes maintains the winning culture developed at the club by his legendary predecessor before anything else.

Sir Alex’s lengthy term at the club saw him collect an array of silverware including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues, catapulting the club into a period of domestic dominance lasting over two decades.  Read More…

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Rene Meulensteen: Pulling the Strings

Modern footballing tactics aren’t what they used to be. Anyone who tries to argue with that stance is set upon the ways of old, lost in the labyrinthine sands of times.

No longer is a team able to stick to one formation and play ninety minutes in fixed positions, nor do the formations shown in starting line-ups mean anything. They just won’t stay the same.

This collective movement towards the future can be exemplified by Sir Alex Ferguson in particular. A notable ex-advocate of the traditional, rigid 4-4-2, Sir Alex had, last season, displayed his squad’s adaptability and intelligence with a series of tactical master-classes in which most of the attack no longer have fixed positions on the field. Read More…

Back on Top: Have Man United Lost Their Ruthless Aggression?

The grass is green, the sky is blue, Man United are back on top, and what else is new?

That might have been clever, but it is mildly inaccurate. For I have a point to present today that has come to my attention in recent times and really rose to the point of clear recognition on Sunday morning (EDST), Saturday afternoon (GST).

It seemed that many United players were below par; Ashley Young seemed to be MIA, while Paul Scholes looked tired for the majority of his time on the field (before being replaced by Chicharito) and was making reckless challenges and was rightly given a yellow card after what seemed to be at least three warnings from English referee Lee Probert. Read More…

The Curious Case of Michael Carrick

After a full four minutes of futile over-thinking, I fail to think of another United player in recent times who has segregated the United supporters in the same way Michael Carrick has.

The Manchester United midfielder has been subject to an immense amount of criticism and is constantly referred to by many as not being United quality. To some, he is a masterful distributor of the ball, playing incisive passes and is the pivot of the midfield. To many others, he is physically slow, passes backwards only, slows down play, doesn’t win the ball and is, well… quintessentially useless.

But is he? Read More…