1. Could Tottenham Hotspur Defy the Odds and Win the Premier League This Season?

    In the autumn of 1999, I went to Tottenham Hotspur’s old training ground on the edge of north London to interview their then manager George Graham...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 day ago 10,268 reads 20 comments

  2. Arsenal Will Never Have a Better Chance to Become Premier League Champions

    Arsenal secured their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, but there was inevitably a reserved mood after their 2-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 9 days ago 6,944 reads 26 comments

  3. Should Ryan Giggs Succeed Louis van Gaal to Save Manchester United's Season?

    In the wake of Manchester United 's defeat to Southampton and yet another soulless performance, they are clearly in urgent need of someone to rescue their season...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 16 days ago 25,219 reads 112 comments

  4. Manchester United's Victory over Liverpool Cannot Hide Their Deeper Problems

    During his 26-year reign at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson’s remit to his legion of scouts when they went to watch a potential new signing was to decide whether they were a player who could perform against Liverpool at Anfield...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 23 days ago 21,085 reads 30 comments

  5. When Will the Premier League Be Able to Boast Its Own Ballon d'Or Winner?

    On Monday night, Lionel Messi , Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo will step on to a stage in Zurich to receive the Ballon d’Or trophy and be officially anointed as the best player in the world...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 30 days ago 10,317 reads 72 comments

  6. Why Chelsea Should Not Panic and Retain Jose Mourinho

    “It really is not my fault if he was considered a loser at Chelsea .” In 2010, as reported by the Mail on Sunday , this was how Jose Mourinho chose to dismiss ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 7,054 reads 16 comments

  7. Why Crystal Palace Could Finish in the Premier League Top 4 This Season

    At the start of September, I sat opposite Alan Pardew in his office at Crystal Palace ’s training ground as he reflected on how he had radically transformed the club over the previous nine months as manager...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 5,726 reads 14 comments

  8. Why Manchester United Should Swap Louis van Gaal for Pep Guardiola Next Summer

    It is time Manchester United rectified a mistake they made three years ago. At the end of 2012, the then-United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, had dinner in New York with Pep ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 21,469 reads 81 comments

  9. Why Arsenal Should Trust Olivier Giroud to Lead Them to the Premier League Title

    In the midst of Arsenal ’s damaging 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Olivier Giroud ’s opening goal was naturally overlooked...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 11,196 reads 120 comments

  10. Louis van Gaal Needs to Improve His Transfer Success Rate at Manchester United

    The Manchester United crisis is over for now. It lasted for six days when United failed to score a goal over the course of three games and five hours, and reached its peak at ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 18,833 reads 53 comments

  11. Why Manchester United's Chris Smalling Is England's Best Defender

    In the week leading up to the 2011 Champions League final, Manchester United hosted a media open day at the club’s Carrington training ground...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 30,561 reads 107 comments

  12. Why an Early Champions League Exit Could Make Arsenal Premier League Champions

    Two weeks ago,  Arsenal celebrated their victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League as if they had finally won the trophy and not a mere three points in the group stage...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 23,717 reads 107 comments

  13. Is the Premier League Finally Seeing the Real Mesut Ozil at Arsenal?

    In September 2013, on the night Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid , there were unashamed celebrations on the streets surrounding the Emirates Stadium...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 41,656 reads 86 comments

  14. Have Liverpool Just Stolen Manchester United's Successor for Louis van Gaal?

    The appointment of Jurgen Klopp has naturally inspired euphoria at Anfield, but at the same time, it has also caused an unsettling sense of jealousy over at Old Trafford...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 24,763 reads 89 comments

  15. Is Time Running Out for Wayne Rooney at Manchester United?

    On Friday night, Wayne Rooney received a golden boot from Sir Bobby Charlton at Wembley Stadium before England’s qualifier against Estonia to mark reaching 50 international ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 17,818 reads 75 comments

  16. Manchester United Handed a Title Reality Check with Heavy Defeat to Arsenal

    At the end of a depressing 90 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, Louis van Gaal encroached on to the pitch clasping his clipboard to implore his players to trudge back over to the club’s travelling fans and acknowledge their support...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 16,416 reads 85 comments

  17. How Many World-Class Players Are There in the Premier League?

    Sir Alex Ferguson does not believe Roy Keane was a world-class footballer. It sounds silly when you actually say it out loud, doesn’t it? According to Ferguson , his ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 38,216 reads 279 comments

  18. Can Anthony Martial and Memphis Emulate Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo?

    As summer fades and the new season gets into its stride, distinct echoes of 2004 are beginning to emerge at Manchester United ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 5 months ago 39,525 reads 83 comments

  19. Is Manchester City's David Silva the Best Player in the Premier League?

    The former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is not a man who likes to admit to his mistakes...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 5 months ago 18,013 reads 127 comments

  20. Why Louis Van Gaal Has Heaped Pressure on Himself at Manchester United

    When the transfer window finally closed on the first day of September last week, there was an overwhelming sense of frustration and disappointment amongst Manchester United ’s ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 5 months ago 28,417 reads 192 comments

  21. Does Cristiano Ronaldo Need to Win More with Real Madrid to Enshrine His Legacy?

    At the end of last season, on Easter Saturday, I watched Real Madrid play Granada at a Bernabeu stadium bathed in Spring sunshine. On this occasion, it wasn’t for work but simply for pleasure...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 5 months ago 23,917 reads 202 comments

  22. Manchester United Still Need More to Challenge for the Title This Season

    During the 2013-14 season, the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tartly declared that Tottenham having spent close to £100 million on new players, funded by the sale of ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 6 months ago 13,428 reads 103 comments

  23. Why Manchester United Should Sell David De Gea This Summer

    On Tuesday night, Manchester United face Club Brugge at Old Trafford in their most important Champions League tie since they reached the final against Barcelona at Wembley four years ago...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 6 months ago 17,982 reads 88 comments

  24. Why Manchester City Could Struggle to Regain the Title This Season

    On the opening weekend of the Premier League season, Manchester City would have enjoyed their position as interested bystanders...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 6 months ago 9,192 reads 67 comments

  25. Arsenal Can Start Dreaming About Winning the Premier League Title This Season

    As the Arsenal squad lifted the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, ticker tape rained down on them and their fans roared their approval, but the players' celebrations were largely muted and their grins a little too forced...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 6 months ago 34,874 reads 131 comments