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Ole welcomes back an important player…..

Chris Smalling has returned to Manchester United after his loan spell at Roma ended. He was loved in the Italian capital, had apparently found his niche there and would have liked to make the move permanent.

Olé Gunnar Solskjær, still at the wheel, looked a tad embarrassed when asked about his defender’s return. He obviously wanted him out of the club as part of his “new broom” policy and was convinced that Smalling would be sold either whilst on loan or at the end of it. (more…)

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Ed Woodward, as usual, is looking to sign a big name player for big money. Never mind that his dithering means it will probably require the whole of the transfer window to make that one signing! In his eyes it will improve the team and that’s all that matters.

After all look at how his other big money signings have markedly upped United’s stature as a club. (more…)

Not only do Manchester United have the already big disadvantage of having to play an FA Cup semi-final in London, against a team from London, they also have 48 hours less recovery time from their previous game.

Chelsea played, at home, against an already relegated Norwich side, (and actually struggled to beat them 1-0), on Tuesday, whilst United had to wait until Thursday to travel to London and play Crystal Palace. (more…)

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær is trying to assemble a big jigsaw at Manchester United. He doesn’t yet have all the pieces but he is beginning to get a clearer idea of what is needed.

The bigger problem would appear to be that he doesn’t have the box lid! You know, the bit with the picture on it so you have an idea what the finished article is supposed to look like. So he is trying to put pieces in here and there without really knowing if they fit and this becomes evident during matches where his substitutions, in particular, remain questionable. (more…)

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With the long awaited return of football comes the even longer awaited crowning of Liverpool as champions. For all those who don’t support Liverpool it brings to an end the forlorn hope that the season would be declared null and void and the Merseysiders would have to continue their wait for at least another season.

Liverpool took a very small step nearer to getting their hands on the trophy by drawing with Everton at Goodison Park and Jürgen Klopp will be confident of becoming the first Liverpool manager to win the title since Kenny Dalglish in 1990. In fact, it ‘s difficult to see anything stopping them now except maybe a global virus pandemic, oh wait…we already tried that one! (more…)

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With football’s return imminent one of the few questions raised is; are the FA, ( the governing body of the Premier League), about to do a better job of protecting their charges than the Conservative Party, (the governing body of the UK)?

Well, in truth, it would be very difficult for them to do a worse job and, in fairness, there is quite a difference in the scale of the two tasks. (more…)

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When asked, in a cynical manner, if football was a matter of life and death Bill Shankly once famously answered, also quite cynically, “no, it’s much more important than that!

Now, some 50+ years after he made this statement there are people who are doing their utmost to prove him right.

Never mind the thousands of deaths from Corona Virus which are still occurring daily the big topic on a vast number of people’s mind is; when will football be back? There is a smaller clamor for the return of sport in general but football, as usual, is the biggie! (more…)

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Some of you may have noticed that there hasn’t been much football on the television, (or anywhere else), recently.

Apparently this is because of some global pandemic which has managed, in one fell swoop, to do what non-football fans have been trying to do for years. It has all come to a shuddering halt. CR7 has been temporarily replaced by COVID19.

People are now in lockdown and finding out things about family members that they never knew! One man explained how his “house arrest” has resulted in a perfect opportunity for his wife to point out everything he has done wrong in the last 15 years. (more…)

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Coulrophobia used to abound at Old Trafford. Now it is there but in smaller doses and with different connotations.

José Mourinho was feared. Not as much as he would have liked to have been but he was feared particularly by his players who were so scared of him that they forgot how to play football in his, yes you guessed it, third season!

Prior to him, Louis van Gaal was feared and, as a strict disciplinarian, he probably had every right to be. (more…)

So how’s it going with everybody? We decided to take a short break due to the fact that no football being played makes writing stories about the game quite difficult.

Those directly involved, particularly at the highest level, you know the ones, those who can not only source and afford toilet rolls but can, due to their enormous wealth, treat them as footballs and do keepie-ups with them, are supposed to be on strict training regimes at home. They keep in touch, thanks to technology, with the coaches and the manager who will no doubt be telling them to stay fit as the season may resume at any moment. (more…)