1. 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 1 day ago 27,114 reads 126 comments

  2. Why 2015/16 Could Be Wayne Rooney's Final Season at Manchester United

    In October this year, just two months into the new season, Wayne Rooney will celebrate his 30th birthday...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 8 days ago 57,435 reads 123 comments

  3. Daniel Sturridge's Fitness Will Still Determine Liverpool's Entire Season

    It was only 14 months ago, though it seems a lot longer, that Liverpool were on the brink of becoming champions of England for the first time in 24 years...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 15 days ago 22,555 reads 51 comments

  4. Could Tottenham's Harry Kane Be Found Out in the Premier League Next Season?

    There was a brief time when Andy Carroll was the future of English football. Five years ago, at the start of the 2010-11 season, Carroll was in fine form for Newcastle United , scoring 11 goals in 20 games...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 22 days ago 31,696 reads 56 comments

  5. Why Angel Di Maria Will Be Manchester United's Most Important Player Next Season

    It is to be hoped Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal interrupted his holiday in Portugal to watch some of the Copa America. It would have provided him with a clear reminder of why he sanctioned the £59...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 29 days ago 21,762 reads 36 comments

  6. Manchester United Have Themselves to Blame for David De Gea's Imminent Exit

    It is now only a matter of time before David De Gea finally leaves Manchester United for Real Madrid ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 46,506 reads 106 comments

  7. Manchester United's Decision to Ignore Jose Mourinho Will Continue to Haunt Them

    In the spring of 2005, I enjoyed one of the greatest privileges of my career so far: an audience with Sir Bobby Charlton...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 49,581 reads 140 comments

  8. Why Arsenal's Danny Welbeck Gamble Has Not Paid off

    Manchester United have a striker problem. Last season, their leading scorer Wayne Rooney managed to score a relatively paltry 14 goals in all competitions...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 41,588 reads 133 comments

  9. Why the 2015/16 Season Is Make or Break for Arsenal's Jack Wilshere

    In front of the Emirates stadium last Sunday, following an open-top bus parade to celebrate Arsenal ’s FA Cup success, Jack Wilshere took hold of a microphone to address the thousands of fans gathered below him...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 12,627 reads 62 comments

  10. Is This Barcelona Side Even Greater Than the 2011 Champions League Winners?

    On the evening of May 28, 2011, I was at Wembley Stadium among a crowd of over 87,000 to see Barcelona win the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the final...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 46,588 reads 105 comments

  11. Newcastle Need to Radically Change Their Entire Approach Next Season

    Amid the relief and celebrations at avoiding relegation on the final day of the season, there was still rancour and division at St James' Park...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 5,734 reads 3 comments

  12. Chelsea's Eden Hazard Is Still a Long Way from Being a Ballon d'Or Contender

    Perception is everything in football. Over the course of the last week, Chelsea ’s Eden Hazard has added the Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year award ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 22,272 reads 185 comments

  13. Should Liverpool Stick with Brendan Rodgers or Make a Play for Jurgen Klopp?

    There was a very different atmosphere when Liverpool played Chelsea in the final weeks of the 2013-14 season...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 15,540 reads 81 comments

  14. The Changes Mauricio Pochettino Must Make to Get Tottenham into the Top 4

    Three months before he walked out on Queens Park Rangers , I met with Harry Redknapp at the club’s training ground in west London...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 10,145 reads 30 comments

  15. Arsenal's Premier League Title Drought Looks Set to Continue Next Season

    When the Emirates Stadium opened in 2006, Arsenal decorated the perimeter of the top tier with images of all the major honours they had won throughout their history...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 10,245 reads 76 comments

  16. Chelsea Deposed Manchester City by Outsmarting Them in the Transfer Market

    On Monday night, the future talent of Manchester City and Chelsea will be on display when the two teams meet in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup final at the Academy Stadium in Manchester...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 19,393 reads 62 comments

  17. Marouane Fellaini Now a Symbol of Success as Manchester Becomes Red Again

    On Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford, Manchester United ’s fans rose to their feet as one to recognise the performance of Marouane Fellaini as he strolled to the side of the pitch in the 83rd minute to be substituted for Radamel Falcao...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 19,629 reads 36 comments

  18. Could Crystal Palace's Alan Pardew Be the 2015 Manager of the Year?

    When Manchester City visit Selhurst Park on Monday night, they will quickly come to realise the tension that has hung over Crystal Palace for most of the season has now evaporated...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 5,076 reads 36 comments

  19. Could Tottenham and England's Harry Kane Really Win Footballer of the Year?

    Every May, the walls of the cavernous banqueting suite at the Lancaster London Hotel opposite Hyde Park in London are adorned with large placards of all the former winners of the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 19,734 reads 125 comments

  20. Why Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United Will Be Even Better Next Season

    Eight months after arriving at Old Trafford , the Louis van Gaal Manchester United had been expecting all along finally appeared. On a sunlit day at Anfield, Van Gaal delivered a signature performance with a dominant 2-1 win over Liverpool .

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 34,357 reads 102 comments

  21. Did Liverpool Make a Mistake Selling Jonjo Shelvey?

    On Monday night, Liverpool will face a rejuvenated Swansea City side boasting a player some might argue never should have been allowed to leave Anfield...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 5 months ago 26,716 reads 46 comments

  22. Why Louis van Gaal Needs to End Manchester United's FA Cup Drought

    During the summer of 1999, I interviewed Sir Alex Ferguson in his office at Manchester United ’s former training ground, The Cliff...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 5 months ago 9,920 reads 30 comments

  23. Does Burnley Striker Danny Ings Have the Quality to Improve Liverpool?

    At the weekend the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers set up his side without a recognised striker to secure an impressive 2-1 win over the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 5 months ago 10,003 reads 33 comments

  24. Can Manchester City Finally Take Their Premier League Dominance into Europe?

    At the start of Manchester City ’s Champions League campaign last year their manager Manuel Pellegrini proudly declared that the club would soon become European champions for the first time in their history...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 5 months ago 13,355 reads 70 comments

  25. Why Cristiano Ronaldo Could Become Premier League's 1st £500,000 a Week Player

    That audible swoon you could hear last week when the new £5.14 billion Premier League television deal was announced was not from the 20 club chairmen, but rather from the legion of player agents all across the world...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 6 months ago 34,264 reads 67 comments