Archive | October 4, 2012

World class “water carriers” – The importance of holding midfielders

Back in the 1990′s, flamboyant France and Manchester United star Eric Cantona derisively labelled Didier Deschamps, the captain of the 1998 World Cup winning French team, a ‘water carrier’. The current Les Bleus coach, who used to play as a central defensive midfielder, did not for sure have the skill and panache of a Zinedine […]

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Having no central midfielder is holding United back

In one sense, Manchester United are not short in central midfield. They have 12 players in the first-team squad who have played in that position; even Rio Ferdinand has been tried there in the past. In this case, however, more is emphatically less. The strength of Sir Alex Ferguson’s will is such that United can […]

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