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Following the recent Champion’s League draw the English clubs, with the possible exception of Tottenham Hotspur, can be reasonably optimistic about progressing.

Manchester United have already eliminated the so-called “favourites” by beating PSG so Barcelona, over two legs, shouldn’t hold any fears.

Liverpool have the “easiest” draw and should be able to find their way past Porto whilst, as we said, Spurs have the most difficult draw and could even see themselves exiting the competition from their new stadium! Now wouldn’t that be poetic justice? (more…)

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Poor Ole. He must now be fearing for his job. No doubt the “five-minute fans” will want him out now that his unbeaten run has come to an end. They will want to replace him with….well….er….they probably don’t know because these are the kind of idiots who just want a manager out of their club without giving any particular thought as to who will replace him.

United actually played reasonably well against Arsenal and certainly didn’t deserve to lose in a game which was all about four shots at goal. Two of those shots came from the home team the first of which was from Granit Xhaka who had the advantage of being able to make the ball become invisible to goalkeepers. David De Gea has, no doubt, watched several replays of the goal and probably still hasn’t seen where the ball went. (more…)

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær must be sorry that the second leg of the Champion’s League clash against PSG cannot be played in London. As mentioned in a previous article, the capital is now his second favourite place after Manchester and his last five visits there have yielded nine points in the Premier League following victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Crystal Palace and the elimination from the FA Cup of Arsenal and Chelsea.

Hopefully this good run can continue and certainly, if it is indeed a capital thing, then playing PSG in Paris should hold no fears. (more…)

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Manchester currently likes London. London has become, temporarily at least, Manchester’s favourite place after Manchester.

Having already visited Wembley this season, where the next permanent Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær began to silence the doubters by boarding the return train complete with three points taken from his meeting with Mauricio Pochettino, he followed this up by calling in at The Emirates and dumping Arsenal out of the FA Cup. Unperturbed by yet another return to the capital he then proceeded to despatch Chelsea from the same competition. (more…)

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So the bubble has finally burst! Poor little Ole Gunnar Solskjær has lost a game of football for the first time since joining the club as caretaker manager. In fairness, he managed to do it in some style choosing, as he did, a Champion’s League night at Old Trafford against PSG who won quite comfortably by two goals to nil.

The mitigating circumstances would be that he lost Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial to injury and had to play entire second half with two of his elder statesman in Juan Mata and Alexis Sánchez. This, of course, meant sacrificing any pace whatsoever and completely nullifed United’s attacking prowess. (more…)

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As promised and continuing our last article we now conclude our look at the current state of the top six with the remaining three clubs.

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Now in fourth place having just beaten Fulham by three goals to nil United are the form team of the top six at present.

With a much changed team from the one expected to be facing PSG on Tuesday, Ole Gunnar Solskjær proved, yet again, that he has the tactical nous and the depth of squad required to be able to compete in three competitions. (more…)

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Is the race for the Premier League title just between two horses? Are Tottenham good enough or consistent enough to be considered contenders? What about Chelsea, United and the other London failures Arsenal?

Here we take a look at the current top three with more to follow another time.

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Having managed to achieve the lofty status, (somehow), of league leaders, Klopp’s merry men need to guard against complacency. Why, you may wonder, would they get complacent at this stage of the season when they are in their best ever position to win the Premier League title? (more…)

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One gets the distinct impression that some Tottenham Hotspur fans would not be too disappointed if Mauricio Pochettino left for Manchester United in the Summer. One also gets the distinct impression that, if Spurs could get Ole Gunnar Solskjær to make the reverse trip, these same fans would be very pleased indeed.

The Argentinean has very recently fallen foul of a few of the faithful by stating that trophies are not important, that they are just “ego-boosters” and don’t necessarily reflect a team’s long-term success. That may be true but his “ambition” to finish in the top four of the Premier League in preference to winning a trophy is hardly likely to endear him to those Tottenham supporters who shell out their hard-earned cash to go and watch the team every week and will shell out even more in the coming years if the club ever move to their new stadium. (more…)

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Ed Woodward likes a superstar. He likes to associate with them and he likes, whenever possible, to buy one for the club. He is typical of one suffering from “little man” syndrome. He has power at Old Trafford, of that there is no doubt, but he wields it as many little men have done over the course of history, just without the violence.

He tends to be dictatorial as was shown by his immediate rush to recruit firstly Louis van Gaal and then José Mourinho after proving, to himself anyway, that following Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice with David Moyes wasn’t the way to go. (more…)

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Will Liverpool win the Premier League? That is one of the questions on the lips of many from Scouseland. Evertonians obviously hope not whilst the red side of the city is beginning to salivate at the thought that this may just be their year.

Well, we have news for you. Not wanting to disagree with all the pundits who said, back when Brendan Rodgers was about to fail spectacularly from a position of success, “Liverpool will NEVER have a better chance of winning the Premier League than they have now,” we actually beg to differ. They have a better chance this year but, of course, all the experts have conveniently forgotten their previous pearls of wisdom. (more…)