1. Picking a World Football Best XI for January 2015

    January 2015 was a scattered month for professional football and, in turn, for professional footballers. The Premier League was interrupted by cup competitions...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 27 days ago 4,140 reads 18 comments

  2. Manuel Pellegrini's Denial of Man City's Impotence Without Yaya Toure Falls Flat

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini needs to believe that the Sky Blues do not need Yaya Toure to win matches. Pellegrini needs his team to believe that, too...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 29 days ago 1,683 reads 3 comments

  3. 5 Reasons Why Manchester City Must Re-Sign England International James Milner

    Manchester City have frittered away scads of time deciding whether or not to re-sign midfielder James Milner , whose contract expires at the end of this season...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 1,685 reads 3 comments

  4. 10 Things Manchester City's Vincent Kompany Must Do to Return to His Peak

    If it is true the fish stinks from the head, Manchester City 's recent struggles can fairly be attributed to City captain Vincent Kompany 's failing form...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 3,519 reads 12 comments

  5. Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough: Issues That'll Shape FA Cup Game

    Whatever excuses Manchester City may want to use in the coming weeks, fixture congestion had best not be one of them. Because City just gave away a valuable pocket of rest in their schedule with yesterday's exertions...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 1,030 reads 2 comments

  6. Why Scott Sincair Is Manchester City's Player Who Most Needs a January Transfer

    Scott Sinclair is the Manchester City player who most needs a January transfer because what remains of his career's prime is rotting on City's training grounds...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 2,018 reads 15 comments

  7. An Argument for Why Matija Nastasic Will Not Play for Manchester City Again

    Matija Nastasic will not play for Manchester City again because Manuel Pellegrini has no use for him and because Roberto Mancini is not coming back to the Etihad ...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 2,178 reads 6 comments

  8. Manchester City vs. Arsenal: Issues, Decisions Set to Shape Premier League Game

    Arsene Wenger's men will arrive at the Etihad Stadium with the knowledge they have not beaten City in the Premier League since the spring of 2012. Arsenal can brag about the Community Shield , though...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 4,897 reads 6 comments

  9. Charting Where It All Went Wrong for 'New Pele' Freddy Adu

    The 30 for 30 on Freddy Adu , if it ever happens, will be must-see television. Especially if this is the last word on his playing career: Adu was, shall we say, not retained by Serbian club FK Jagodina ...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 53,453 reads 108 comments

  10. How Manuel Pellegrini Should Set Manchester City Up with Sergio Aguero Back

    Now is about the time when your New Year's resolution becomes the hardest thing to stick to. Say for example you gave up red meat for the new year. The first few days are no problem...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 4,076 reads 6 comments

  11. Why Stevan Jovetic Has Most to Lose at Manchester City in Rest of 2014/15 Season

    Stevan Jovetic has the most to lose at Manchester City as the 2014/15 season enters the business end because if he does not start scoring some goals, he is apt to be benched and/or sold...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 2,899 reads 23 comments

  12. Everton vs. Manchester City: Issues and Decisions That Will Shape EPL Game

    It seems like forever since Manchester City played a match that really mattered, doesn't it? The Sky Blues' decision to fall behind to Sheffield Wednesday in the first half of ...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 1,336 reads 0 comments

  13. Why Striker Is the Position Manchester City Must Strengthen in January Transfers

    With apologies to American political strategist James Carville , Manchester City need goals, now . City have not purchased a striker since the summer of 2013, when they bought two...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 2,672 reads 19 comments

  14. Why Eliaquim Mangala Is Manchester City's Player with the Most to Prove in 2015

    Eliaquim Mangala is the Manchester City player with the most to prove for two reasons. Mangala 's exorbitant transfer fee (fairly or not) weighed the centre-back down with crushing expectations...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 2,012 reads 4 comments

  15. 10 Things for Manchester City Fans to Look Forward to in 2015

    Manchester City supporters may complain a lot, but if they're being honest with themselves, they have to admit that 2014 was a pretty exceptional year...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 2,902 reads 12 comments

  16. Manchester City: A Half-Term Report on Manuel Pellegrini's Side

    At some level, it is surprising that we are still able to discuss Manuel Pellegrini's management of Manchester City in the present tense...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 2,783 reads 5 comments

  17. Manchester City vs. Sheffield Wednesday: How City Should Line Up in FA Cup

    The Football Association is joking, right? Manchester City welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the Etihad for the second time this season for a third-round FA Cup match this weekend...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 2,867 reads 11 comments

  18. Would Swansea Striker Wilfried Bony Be a Wise Buy for Desperate Manchester City?

    Manchester City need another striker in the worst way. And buying Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony would probably be the worst way to address that need. Not to say that Bony is a bad player...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 5,580 reads 24 comments

  19. Frank Lampard Loan Extension Boosts Manchester City but Is Body Blow for MLS

    2014 was a year of many surprises in the Premier League, but one of the last developments of the calendar year is about as unsurprising as it gets: For posterity's sake, here ...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 2,956 reads 4 comments

  20. Manchester City vs. Sunderland: Issues and Decisions That Will Shape EPL Game

    Football players and supporters aggrieved by poor officiating normally comfort themselves with the notion that bad calls even out over time. That is probably true, but it might happen over the course of years rather than over the course of minutes...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 1 month ago 631 reads 0 comments

  21. Manchester City vs. Burnley: How the Citizens Should Line Up in EPL Game

    Stevan Jovetic may be ready to return to action for Manchester City when they take on relegation-threatened Burnley this coming weekend...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 2 months ago 4,159 reads 9 comments

  22. 5 Tips to Help Eliaquim Mangala to Adjust to Life in the Premier League

    Manchester City 's acquisition this past summer likely made some Premier League sides feel like Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye . "Some game...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 2 months ago 2,758 reads 3 comments

  23. Setting out Manuel Pellegrini's Best Man City Defensive Setup for Rest of Season

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has worked around injuries throughout his club this season, but perhaps the most remarkable triage work he has done so far has been with his back line...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 2 months ago 7,755 reads 25 comments

  24. West Brom vs. Manchester City: Issues and Decisions That Will Shape EPL Game

    Manchester City should give the Premier League schedule makers expensive holiday gifts this year. "There’s a round of matches this weekend, then on the 26th, then on the ...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 2 months ago 1,647 reads 8 comments

  25. Why James Milner Is the Unsung Hero for Manchester City so Far This Season

    Manchester City midfielder James Milner is the subject of a great deal of undeserved ridicule for a number of things he is not. Milner is not a constant distraction to his club with ill-timed or ill-intended quotes to the media...

    Phil Keidel Written by Phil Keidel about 2 months ago 2,363 reads 8 comments