1. England Need to Take Manchester United's Marcus Rashford to Euro 2016

    The moment belonged to Anthony Martial. In the final minute of the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, it was the young Frenchman’s burst into the Everton penalty ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 days ago 8,755 reads 35 comments

  2. Why Manchester United Made a Major Mistake Selling Wilfried Zaha

    "I'd never look at someone and think he's better than me, unless it's Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi ." This was the bold declaration from Wilfried Zaha when he gave his first major interview to the Guardian in the autumn of 2012...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 11 days ago 13,898 reads 25 comments

  3. Winning the FA Cup Cannot Mask Van Gaal's Failure at Manchester United

    When football historians look back on Louis van Gaal’s reign at Old Trafford, they will have a rich seam to mine for its absolute lowest moment...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 17 days ago 5,891 reads 47 comments

  4. Can Manuel Pellegrini Leave Manchester City as European Champions?

    While it can be hard keeping good news a secret, if Manchester City ’s board of directors wanted to know how their season would unravel after they announced in February that ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 25 days ago 5,585 reads 18 comments

  5. Could Wayne Rooney Only Be a Substitute for England at Euro 2016?

    England captain Wayne Rooney will have watched England’s impressive 3-2 win over Germany on Saturday from the comfort of his sofa at home in Cheshire...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 6,086 reads 61 comments

  6. Rashford and Martial Are Beacons of Hope for Manchester United's Future

    It has all come too late for Louis van Gaal . The proud Dutchman will naturally boast about his side’s impressive victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 17,924 reads 56 comments

  7. Can Leicester City Complete the Greatest Story in English Football History?

    On Easter weekend, the film Eddie The Eagle , starring Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken , will be released in British cinemas...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 17,900 reads 44 comments

  8. Tottenham Hotspur Have the Edge over Arsenal in the Race to Be Champions

    On Saturday lunchtime, as the rain pelted down at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur were top of the Premier League...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 5,644 reads 22 comments

  9. Manchester United Have a Bright Future with the Class of 2016

    After months of hibernation, the real Manchester United finally put in an appearance on Sunday afternoon...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 38,163 reads 70 comments

  10. FA Cup Success Will Not Be Enough to Save Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

    “My personal wish is to win the FA Cup. ... I want to win a title in England. That is why I have come to this country, to make Manchester United champions or give them a title,” Louis van Gaal recently said, per the Independent ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 4,608 reads 8 comments

  11. More Premier League Fans Need to Rise Up to Defeat Ticket-Price Greed

    Do excuse the nostalgia, but in the late '80s, when I was in my early teens, it was so much easier and cheaper to watch top-flight football in England...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 6,355 reads 36 comments

  12. 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 3 months ago 11,107 reads 20 comments

  13. 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 3 months ago 7,024 reads 26 comments

  14. 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 3 months ago 25,285 reads 112 comments

  15. 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 3 months ago 21,135 reads 30 comments

  16. 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 4 months ago 10,336 reads 72 comments

  17. 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 5 months ago 7,075 reads 16 comments

  18. 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 5 months ago 5,763 reads 14 comments

  19. 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 5 months ago 21,487 reads 81 comments

  20. 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 5 months ago 11,207 reads 120 comments

  21. 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 6 months ago 18,846 reads 53 comments

  22. 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 6 months ago 30,783 reads 107 comments

  23. 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 6 months ago 23,724 reads 107 comments

  24. 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 6 months ago 41,745 reads 86 comments

  25. 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 6 months ago 24,788 reads 89 comments