The vagaries of the group stage format at a Fifa World Cup were laid bare in the final round of fixtures as England’s reserves laboured to a 1-0 defeat against Belgium, safe in the knowledge that finishing second in Group G probably opens up a better route to the final.
Fri, 29 Jun, 2018
Chelsea’s 10th successive win was predictable in a game against the Premier League’s bottom club, but few anticipated that Antonio Conte’s team would experience such a nervous 90 minutes before retaining the leadership.
Thu, 15 Dec, 2016
Louis van Gaal may ignore the mounting evidence to the contrary and insist there is no dire need to add to his body of strikers before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month but when the answer to the Manchester United manager’s problems is “Marouane Fellaini,” then the Dutchman is clearly asking the wrong question.
Mon, 24 Aug, 2015
As far as Manchester United Champions League debuts are concerned, Wayne Rooney set the bar high with a hat-trick on his very first start for the club more than a decade ago but talented Dutchman Memphis Depay produced a performance possibly even more significant to rescue his new club in this qualifying first leg tie.
Wed, 19 Aug, 2015
Ah well. I did take care to insert a giddy-warning in last week’s column, and it turned out to be well-founded. United’s unexpected spring offensive duly found out that Stamford was indeed A Bridge Too Far.
Mon, 20 Apr, 2015
Man United 3 Leicester City 1: There are few at Old Trafford who yearn nostalgically for the late, lamented reign of David Moyes as Manchester United manager but the club’s young winger Adnan Januzaj would be forgiven if he were on that list.
Mon, 02 Feb, 2015