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Manchester United: Who stays, who goes?

After another defeat left Manchester United stagnating in mid-table at the weekend, David Moyes was once again a target for criticism as he continues to struggle to get the best out of a group of players that won the Premier League title last season. There is, however, only so much that Moyes can do sitting […]

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Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies

Two great leaders, two men who would give everything to win and two captains who shared a mutual hatred of each other on the pitch, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira come face-to-face once again in a new documentary, “Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies,” which is being broadcast on British channel ITV4. The hour-long production […]

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Manchester United’s confidence-sapping tumble has long roots

David Moyes will receive the majority of the criticism for a run of form that extinguishes Manchester United’s title ambitions before the equinox and leaves the confidence of their fans and players in tatters. While the new manager is performing badly, the blame cannot be laid solely at his door. Those in the directors’ box […]

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Zonal Marking: United 1 Arsenal 0

…The word ‘cagey’ is generally used to describe matches that are slow to get going, but this was an interesting contest because it was simultaneously rather defensive, yet also played at a high tempo. With just one shot in the first half hour, neither side were attacking particularly dangerously, but this was partly because both […]

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Tactics: David Moyes is making mark at Manchester United

The most obvious feature of David Moyes’s coaching philosophy is his emphasis upon width – asking his central midfielders to spread the play, and encouraging the full-backs forward to create overloads with the wide midfielders. This was an unspectacular performance from Manchester United but suggested Moyes’s players are becoming familiar with their duties. At Everton, Moyes created the […]

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Savage on Man U: They won’t finish in the top 4

This is not going to be a popular opinion at Old Trafford, but there is no point in pulling punches. I don’t think Manchester United are going to finish in the top four this season – because the fear factor among visiting teams has gone. … As I’ve said in this column before, I like David […]

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The joys of managing Man United

  Is the Manchester United job really that hard, David Moyes? We asked Iain Macintosh to fire up his review copy of ‘Football Manager 2014’ and find out the true perils, if any, of managing at Old Trafford.  JULY  It’s important to start a job like this with a statement, so I make mine by […]

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4-4-2 is becoming trendy again

…When Barcelona were Europe’s dominant force between 2009 and 2011, for example, it was extremely difficult to tell whether strategy would move in the first respect (further evolution) or the second respect (a shift toward an opposing style of play). In the end, Bayern’s success last year probably represented a hybrid of the two: They […]

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6 weeks in….

United look scared Its not just the results that have gone against United; its their either attitude which will worry most United fans. I have never seen a United team actually look this hesitant and scared. With all due respect to WBA; who outplayed United at Old Trafford the result should have been a straight […]

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United’s fear factor has disappeared under Moyes

Kevin Keen ummed and ahhed and avoided the question. This was way above the pay grade of a West Bromwich Albion assistant manager. He knew the answer, and the answer was yes, but there was no way he could say that. It would be presumptuous, and arrogant, and worse, it might come back to haunt […]

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