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Player of the Year: Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal

Manchester United – Michael Carrick Michael Carrick has been crowned the Players’ Player of the Year at the club’s annual awards ceremony. The midfielder has excelled this term, prompting Sir Alex Ferguson to describe this season as Carrick’s “best ever for Manchester United.” Every member of the first team squad was asked to vote for their […]

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Why Carrick Deserves To Win PFA Award

… on the BBC Sport website they have listed the six players under the headline: “Carrick on Player of the Year list”. For United fans, the surprise wasn’t that Carrick is considered one of the best players in the league this season, because we get to see what a difference he makes to us week in […]

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Same old Arsenal?

After they slumped to a disappointing defeat at Old Trafford, the same old questions over the Gunners manager’s lack of imagination rear their ugly heads once more. Tom McKeown at Goal.com tells us that not much has changed at Arsenal over the past 7 years, since the club’s last major trophy. Although the Gunners started […]

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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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Is Arteta the greatest ever panic buy?

In order to succeed in football, you will always need some degree of luck. When August 31st 2011 arrived, Arsène Wenger was running low on it. He had been given the news that Jack Wilshere would be out for Arsenal until at least the start of 2012 and Abou Diaby out indefinitely; in searching for a replacement, […]

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Keen for another Roy

No sooner had the new Premier League season begun than Sir Alex Ferguson was reminding us all that some things never change. A quick search for ‘Ferguson slams referee’ on Google retrieves over 1,000,000 results of sour grapes, and Ferguson’s mood was typically corked on Monday after Manchester United slipped to a 1-0 defeat at […]

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OPTA Data available for free

OPTA stats and rankings for finishing, passing, headers, creativity, dribbling are now available for free by singing up at the Manchester City website. Unleash the nerd inside! “Register your interest in this project and we will send you our OPTA data set for every ‘on the ball’ event for every Premier League player in every […]

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The “new” look approach to Uniteds’ Midfield

Sir Alex Ferguson seems to like pinning his colours to the corner of the unappreciated. The Manchester United manager’s contrary streak has come to the fore on the club’s pre-season tour. Not for the first time, he has defended the Glazers, despite the evidence United would have rather more spending power but for the debts […]

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