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José Mourinho: the great manipulator faces his toughest test

There is a chance that, by the close of play against Manchester City, José Mourinho may be reminded about the scathing words he reserved for West Ham’s conservatism at Chelsea last week. His own tactics hardly bordered on the adventurous at Manchester United and Arsenal earlier in the season, and when it comes to parking the bus it could be […]

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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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Dennis Bergkamp: ‘You climb one mountain and see a higher one’

What do you look for in the youngsters you coach now? “Well, you see straightaway who has drive. But it can come from different things. Let’s say this kid wants to be a millionaire when he’s 18. That’s drive. Is it bad? ‘By 28 I want to have three sports cars and the only way […]

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How do you solve a problem like Manchester United’s midfield?

The drubbing handed out by Manuel Pellegrini’s fast and muscular band is seen as a final confirmation of the summer folly of purchasing only Marouane Fellaini, who was left appearing off the pace and possessing questionable positional sense, which is hardly what £27.5m should buy. The drab 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford, the […]

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The disappearance of Shinji Kagawa

“Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United — on the left wing,” the told the Guardian in May. “My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes.” Three months later, Kagawa doesn’t even play 20 minutes for United any more. His entire season […]

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Interview – Jens Lehmann

‘WE WERE WORLD CLASS IN EVERY AREA’ Jens Lehmann sits in one of the media rooms at the Arsenal Training Centre, with a photograph of the 2003/04 ‘Invincibles’ team on the wall behind him. It’s an appropriate backdrop. A decade ago, Arsenal and their new German goalkeeper had embarked on a record-breaking campaign which would, […]

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Mata and Mourinho – The Secret Footballer

Does Juan really Mata to Mourinho? The Secret Footballer:  I’ve seen everything there is to see in football, and a lot more outside of it. My anonymity let’s me tell you how it is, from inside the game without the shackles of pre-conception or fan bias.  … At the top of the week, when I […]

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Should referees give post-match interviews?

Forcing referees to explain their decisions would help no one. It’s better that they remain mysterious and above the law. …Right now, I know nothing about Lee Probert and I’m barely aware what an Andre Marriner is. Letting a referee confess “in hindsight, it was an obvious penalty, I had the equivalent of missing a […]

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