How Long Will José Last At United
By Ryan Corry January 22, 2018 (No)
A short-term answer. That was the phrase used wide and large by pundits, writers and fans alike when ‘The manager formerly known as the Special One’ was announced as the successor to Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson had departed. David Moyes had been pushed out while Louis Van Gaal was simply nudged off the winner’s podium in Wembley following his 2016 FA Cup win. José Mourinho’s arrival was another one of football’s very poorly kept secrets, a lot of which seem to come from Old Trafford these days. Since the announcement of Ferguson’s retirement and Moyes’ imminent arrival right up to the present day, there seems […]
2018 FA Cup: Who’ll Be This Year’s Giant Killers?
By Evan Coughlan January 5, 2018 (No)
So after weeks of being spoiled with game after game of Premier League action, we now find ourselves with even more football to tuck into this weekend, with the return of the FA Cup. ACCAs at the ready lads! Yes, the world’s oldest cup competition has lost some of its lustre over the last decade or so, but traditionally the 3rd round of the cup is the most exciting round of the competition due to the chance of a famous cup upset potentially taking place. What you’ll most likely find before every FA Cup game on the telly, this weekend, is various ex-players recounting their favourite FA Cup memories. But some of […]
Pep Guardiola’s Big Man City Buys – Make Or Break?
By Ryan Grace August 8, 2017 (No)
Finishing 3rd in the Premier League, with a semi-final knockout in the FA Cup and a Round of 16 exit in the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s first season at Manchester City was steady, but lacking in silverware. Despite only losing 6 league games, Guardiola’s men racked up an unfortunate 9 draws, leaving them 15 points behind current champions Chelsea. Their European venture was inconsistent and ultimately unsuccessful in a gripping 6-6 thriller against Monaco, with the French giants progressing on away goals. While only conceding 1 goal in the 5 games leading up to the FA Cup semi-final, it was The Gunners who would ultimately go on to take […]
The 2017 FA Cup Semi-Finals – Preview
By Andy Leech April 22, 2017 (No)
There is little doubt that the oldest competition in world football, has become a little stale in recent years. The trend probably began in 1999, when a recent treble-winning Manchester United team withdrew from that year’s edition of the competition, to concentrate on the newly formed Club World Cup in São Paulo. Of course, this is not the only factor which contributed to the demise in popularity of the FA Cup. The glamour of European football, the importance of league standings, and the “resting” of players, all being cited as reasons for the irrelevance of the once revered trophy. However, this year’s competition has gone a long way in recapturing the […]