Tonight’s fourth round draw in the English League Cup has thrown up a repeat of last season’s final as Manchester United will play host to Newcastle United. With the Toon Army having sensationally evicted Manchester City from the competition at St James’ Park. Elsewhere in the draw, Arsenal were handed a tricky assignment away to… Read More Carabao Cup Fourth Round Draw
When you graduate from hunter to hunted, with a target affixed to your back, you need a different approach to things. For the current group of Manchester United players, doing so will be a new experience. And challenge. One which will be tested to the full when they confront Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at the… Read More Holders will have to storm the Palace as title defence begins
Manchester United… 1 Wolves… 0 It’ll do. On the first night of any competition, all anybody wants to do is get a result. To that end, Erik ten Hag et al will be happy enough. But if this performance was a sandwich, Manchester United fans would be going home hungry. The off season and build… Read More Decent, but no more than that
As much as I wish it was the case, the reappearance of the above line wasn’t brought about in the mind’s eye by the late, great Sean Nealon letting patrons know drinking time was in injury time. No, it came to mind when perusing the first weekend’s action in this year’s Premier League. Looking at… Read More You don’t have to go but you can’t stay here
There’s only one occasion – prior to a most recent weekend – that I can recall sit down protests taking place on a GAA pitch. That being the 1998 All Ireland SHC semi final between Clare and Offaly when Galway referee Jimmy Cooney played two minutes short of regulation time.In comparison, the complaints of the… Read More There’s only one way to describe it – G.U.B.U.
Rep. Of Ireland… 0 Australia… 1 There’s a thin line from acknowledging achievement in context, to patronising to downright ignorance. In regard to the first part of that, there’s no overstating the monumental accomplishment it has been for Vera Pauw’s side to even qualify for World Cup 2023. Bravery has been intrinsically interwoven into everything… Read More Pauw’s peerless warriors see bravery unrewarded
Both Arsenal and Manchester United recently learned who their next opponents on the continent will be after the draw was completed for the Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League. Mikel Arteta’s side have a trip to Portugal on their agenda having been paired away to Sporting while Erik ten Hag’s newly crowned league… Read More Europa League Last 16 Draw
The prospect of Eamon Dunphy, John Giles and even, Lord help us, the most boring man alive, Liam Brady, in conversation is always worth a listen. Though it will never be quite the same without Bill in the chair. Now read on… Recently, the latest edition of Dunphy’s excellent podcast, The Stand was happened upon… Read More He’ll make sure we keep talking about him
The most venerated and senior bastion of the local press pack ground a particular axe for so long there must be nothing but the handle left. Now read on… It related to the wholly devoted adoration people in this country have to soccer teams across the water. Which mostly means England or Glasgow Celtic. Though… Read More I suppose I better take Arsenal seriously!!
Manchester Utd… 1 Crystal Palace… 1 If you’d told Erik ten Hag or anybody connected to or interested in Manchester United they’d take four points from their two games this week, chances are they’d have taken your hand off for it. Albeit expectation most likely would’ve been that they would have taken three points tonight… Read More The glass is still half full