1. 'He Was There to Put on a Show': Ronaldo's Legendary Manchester United Audition

    In the bowels of the brand new Jose Alvalade stadium on a hot night in August 2003, Sir Alex Ferguson was finishing his pre-match talk to his Manchester United players about what to expect in their pre-season friendly against Sporting CP...

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  2. Playing Like Girls: The Crystal Palace U12 Team Taking on the Boys and Winning

    Over the course of this season, the Crystal Palace Girls Under-12 team have become used to a familiar routine when they turn up at grounds and parks across south London...

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  3. Lincoln's 'Special One' Danny Cowley Is Plotting to Take Down Wenger's Arsenal

    On Saturday, Premier League giants Arsenal will entertain Lincoln City , a team playing in the fifth tier of English football, in the ultimate David vs. Goliath FA Cup quarter-final battle...

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  4. The £50 Million Prodigy Better Than Pogba: Can Ravel Morrison Save His Career?

    Former Manchester United scout Phil Brogan would watch around 1,000 players a year as he scoured the country to find the best young talent to bring back to Old Trafford ...

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  5. Jaap Stam: Manchester United's Greatest-Ever Defender Returns to Old Trafford

    On a cold night at Selhurst Park last month, with Manchester United struggling to overcome Crystal Palace , the club's travelling supporters were more concerned with exalting one of their old heroes...

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  6. Which Premier League Manager Will Be Sacked First in 2017?

    In September 2015, I met Alan Pardew in his office at Crystal Palace's training ground as he told me about his grand plans for the club...

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  7. Paul Pogba Is Proving to Be Worth His Record Transfer Fee at Manchester United

    In the immediate aftermath of Manchester United ’s opening goal in the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last week, their players all gathered around the towering figures of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to celebrate...

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  8. Why Ronaldo and Messi's Dominance of the Ballon d'Or Could End in 2017

    On Monday evening it is expected that Cristiano Ronaldo will be announced as the winner of the 2016 Ballon d'Or...

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  9. It Is Time to Admit the Champions League Has Become Boring and Predictable

    The Champions League group stage will reach its climax this week with the final round-of-16 matches. How do you feel about this? Excited? Intrigued? Or not that bothered? Despite ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 12 months ago 11,681 reads 57 comments

  10. Disappointing Summer Signings Could Keep Tottenham Hotspur Outside the Top 4

    It is not the defeat to Chelsea that will hurt Tottenham Hotspur the most, for they have grown used to that over the last 26 years. It is more what it revealed about them...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 12 months ago 4,629 reads 6 comments

  11. Jose Mourinho's Defence Could Cost Manchester United a Place in the Top 4

    In mid-November, Manchester United were forced to admit they would be penalised by Adidas if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 12 months ago 3,943 reads 10 comments

  12. Manchester United and Arsenal: The Evolution of a Modern Rivalry

    Manchester United and Arsenal will meet at Old Trafford on Saturday for the 224th time in their long and rich histories...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 year ago 7,483 reads 16 comments

  13. A Declining Cristiano Ronaldo Risks Losing the 2016 Ballon d'Or

    To no one’s great surprise, Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday committed himself to Real Madrid for the next five years...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 year ago 13,258 reads 107 comments

  14. Philippe Coutinho Is the Key to Liverpool's Increasingly Serious Title Challenge

    SELHURST PARK, LONDON — A cursory glance at the final score and scorers at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening would fail to convey the immense influence Philippe Coutinho had on the game between Crystal Palace and Liverpool ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 year ago 4,396 reads 5 comments

  15. Why Manchester United's Biggest and Fiercest Rivals Will Always Be Liverpool

    When Manchester City won the Premier League title in 2014, the main feeling from Manchester United fans, who they had supplanted as champions, was one of overwhelming relief...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 year ago 8,386 reads 20 comments

  16. Can Theo Walcott Finally Fulfil His Potential for Arsenal This Season?

    Over the course of the last decade, Theo Walcott has reluctantly come to symbolise Arsenal : good but never quite good enough...

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  17. The Time Is Right for Arsenal's Arsene Wenger to Become England Manager

    In December 2011, I interviewed Gareth Southgate at his office inside Wembley Stadium overlooking the north London skyline...

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  18. Sergio Aguero Can Win the Ballon D'Or Under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City

    There was a time when neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo owned the Ballon d’Or. It was nearly a decade ago in 2007 when George W.Bush was still in the White House, and Twitter and the iPhone were both only a year old...

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  19. Why Is Wayne Rooney so Unpopular and Unloved Among Manchester United Fans?

    I n the coming months, i t is highly likely Wayne Rooney will overtake Sir Bobby Charlton to become Manchester United ’s leading goal scorer of all time...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 year ago 25,852 reads 109 comments

  20. Jose Mourinho Must Learn from His Mistakes If Manchester United Are to Flourish

    On Saturday lunchtime, Manchester United got stuck on the carousel again. This was how former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson described his team’s bewilderment when they ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 year ago 12,221 reads 38 comments

  21. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere Is in Danger of Throwing Away His Talent

    It wasn’t meant to be like this for Jack Wilshere . On Saturday afternoon, the Arsenal man began his surprise season-long loan at Bournemouth by playing in the rain in a friendly against AC Milan at the Vitality Stadium...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 year ago 11,917 reads 23 comments

  22. Arsene Wenger's Stubborn Pursuit of His Happy Ending Is Hurting Arsenal

    On an emotional afternoon in May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson got the happy ending he always craved and believed he deserved at Manchester United ...

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  23. Do Not Underestimate a Wounded and Stronger Tottenham Hotspur This Season

    Do not underestimate the power of wounded pride. For much of last season, it appeared Tottenham Hotspur were on the brink of a historic campaign and their first league title in ...

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  24. Breaking the Transfer Record Offers No Guarantee of Success to Manchester United

    In the summer of 2014, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward boasted that his club had the funds and clout to sign any player in the world...

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  25. Manchester United Should Not Give Up on Forgotten Man Memphis Depay

    In the summer of 2003, I interviewed PSV Eindhoven striker Mateja Kezman at a south London hotel during the club’s pre -season tour of England...

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