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Irish Players That Need To Be Capped This Year

By Stephen Kierans February 18, 2018 (No)
For the last few years, the Ireland national squad has been crying out for a revamp. The introduction of fresh, hungry, young new talent is something that we are in dire need of. With such an ageing squad , it is still baffling that the wide array of talent is being overlooked. Trapattoni was long criticised for this as he tended to stick with his experienced players whilst disregarding young talent coming through. Players like James McCarthy, Robbie Brady and Séamus Coleman were just a few of those victims, some of our best players now. Trapattoni’s blindness to this as well as poor campaigns inevitably ended in him losing the […]

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 […]

The Future Premier League Stars Who Are Shining Already

By Ryan Corry December 13, 2017 (No)
It’s coming up to Christmas time meaning that there is going to be all sorts of comparisons made with years gone by and how Man City are doing compared to Chelsea last year and who got better Christmas presents and all manner of other useless statistics. Here at The Sharpe, we prefer to stay in the now and keep emphasis on the talent. So, we’ve decided to compile the best team of players u23(ish) so far in this Premier League season. Yes, I did say u23(ish) and that is with good reason. No regular goalkeeper u23 has featured in any team yet this season except Jordan Pickford so I’ve left […]

The Europa League Final 2017 Preview

By Andy Leech May 24, 2017 (No)
The Europa League was once a competition that was treated with disdain by managers across European football’s biggest leagues. Long journeys, Thursday night matches, and a lack of quality all contributing to the general indifference to the competition.  However, with Champions League qualification as the carrot on the stick, it’s no wonder that we are seeing high profile clubs battle it out at the business end of the competition in the past couple of seasons. On Wednesday, Manchester United will attempt to clinch a place in next year’s Champions League, when they contest the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm. The importance of the game cannot be stressed enough, […]

Wayne Rooney – Should He Stay Or Go?

By Dean Fitzgerald March 27, 2017 (No)
The classic lyrics from The Clash must be running through Wayne Rooney’s mind all this season. Let’s not forget, this man is going to be a legend of Manchester United, winning everything that is there to be won for the club, and breaking Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record in the process. He has been a leader for United for years, and yet at the ripe old age of 31, Rooney has been consistently linked with moves away to China, the US, and just about every other place players go to watch their careers die. When Wayne gets a chance to sit back and think long and hard about where he is […]

The EFL League Cup – Is There Any Point?

By Dean Fitzgerald February 25, 2017 (No)
The EFL League Cup, formerly known as the Carling Cup or Capital One Cup to most people, reaches its exciting conclusion on February 26th (4.30pm, Sky Sports) when Southampton and Manchester United face-off in Wembley Stadium. In recent years, this trophy has been won by English club powerhouses such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and ahem, Swansea City and Birmingham City… but this year plans to be a cracker. Who’s In the 2017 Final? Southampton Southampton have been baffling in the last few seasons. Despite selling basically their entire squad to Liverpool, along with Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Calum Chambers to various ‘top-six’ clubs, they have stayed […]

FA Cup 6th Round – Who Are The Dark Horses?

By Andy Leech February 21, 2017 (No)
There has been much debate about the relevance of the FA Cup in recent times. The “magic of the cup” is being shoved down our throats regularly by media outlets such as the BBC. But replays, player rotation, and designated weekends are really beginning to irk a generation that has grown up with the sex-appeal of Sky Sports. Nevertheless, as the competition progresses, excitement and interest levels grow. While the FA Cup may not have been the objective of a club at the dawning of the season, it could now be the only realistic chance of silverware. In a competition that is known for its upsets and shocks, we take […]

Will Utd Ever See Another Ferguson?

By theSharpeUser June 6, 2016 (No)
When Alex Ferguson left Manchester Utd in 2013 any Man Utd fan will probably admit that they knew there would be a transition period following Ferguson’s departure. They knew that the level of success had peaked under Ferguson and that there would be the inevitable post Ferguson hangover. What they probably won’t have foreseen however is just how bad that hangover would be. United went on a winning binge under Ferguson and now as they sober up they are left dazed and faced with the harsh realisation that life at any football club, even a giant like Manchester United, is not just one big party. Can United ever be as […]

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