1. Why Man Utd's Plan to Play Midweek Friendly Games Is a Stupid Idea

    While Europe’s biggest and best stadiums welcomed the Champions League for another visit, Old Trafford sat empty...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 12,282 reads 24 comments

  2. Could Raheem Sterling Be the Solution to Liverpool's Attacking Problems?

    Something is amiss at Liverpool . Some will point to the loss of Luis Suarez over the summer, and of course the sale of the Uruguayan striker to Barcelona has hit the Reds hard...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 4,665 reads 11 comments

  3. Despite Their Dismal Start Van Gaal's Man Utd Side Is Still Better Than Moyes'

    With an hour played against Leicester City , Manchester United had turned the corner so emphatically that some were already plotting the path straight to the Premier League title...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 15,781 reads 120 comments

  4. Man Utd Can Correct the Glazers' Biggest Mistake by Re-Signing Cristiano Ronaldo

    Muted celebrations—when a player refuses to celebrate having scored against a former club—so often come across as forced. As if prompted through fear of supporter backlash rather than genuine sentiment...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 47,550 reads 73 comments

  5. Despite Dortmund Defeat Arsenal Can Still Make a Champions League Impression

    It was a result that had perhaps been a year in coming. For the second successive season Arsenal have been paired with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 13,796 reads 67 comments

  6. What Chance Does Man Utd's Angel Di Maria Stand of Winning the Ballon D'Or?

    Manchester United' s £60 million signing of Angel Di Maria was symbolic of the club's newly revised transfer strategy...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 23,885 reads 138 comments

  7. Danny Welbeck Showed Against Switzerland That He Can Be a No. 9

    In every sense, Danny Welbeck was England’s No. 9 against Switzerland on Monday night. Never before had so much been asked of the 23-year-old striker, and never before had he delivered so much...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 2,950 reads 2 comments

  8. The Time Has Come for Jack Wilshere to Step Up for Arsenal and England

    Every so often Jack Wilshere must cast an envious glance at his Arsenal teammate Aaron Ramsey. As the Welshman matured into his 20s, Ramsey has become one of the finest central midfielders in Europe...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 6,363 reads 17 comments

  9. Danny Welbeck's Arrival at Arsenal Will Help Unleash Arsene Wenger's Attack

    At one point, it seemed like Danny Welbeck was about to become the Peter Odemwingie of Monday’s transfer deadline...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 9,564 reads 11 comments

  10. Look Closely and Mario Balotelli's Move to Liverpool Makes Perfect Sense

    Midway through Liverpool ’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City , Mario Balotelli left his seat at the Etihad Stadium, the joke being that he realised what a mistake he had made and was on his way back to Italy...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 13,926 reads 11 comments

  11. Man Utd's Move for Marcos Rojo Shows Just How Far the Club Has Fallen

    Manchester United might not enjoy transfer sagas, but the club has contributed its fair share of drawn-out summer moves. It took Sir Alex Ferguson over a year to seal a deal for Dimitar Berbatov back in 2008...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 77,353 reads 242 comments

  12. Which Striker Should Liverpool Sign Before the Transfer Window Shuts?

    As far as pre-season friendly wins go, Liverpool ’s 4-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Sunday was fairly emphatic. It illustrated the progress the Reds have made under Brendan Rodgers over the past year, even without Luis Suarez ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 42,498 reads 141 comments

  13. Could Louis Van Gaal Save Ashley Young's Manchester United Career?

    Ashley Young isn ’t so much a football player as a punchline. Have you heard the one about Tom Daley? Or the one about the dying swan? Well, you’ ve surely heard the kick...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 17,471 reads 26 comments

  14. Which Premier League Club Should Sign PSG Striker Edinson Cavani?

    You shouldn’t believe what promotional pictures tell you in football. Last year Gareth Bale appeared on the front cover of one of the most popular video games on the market in a Spurs shirt, just weeks before signing with Real Madrid...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 27,510 reads 107 comments

  15. Didier Drogba's Return to Chelsea Makes Perfect Sense for Jose Mourinho

    As far as exits go, Didier Drogba ’s from Chelsea was about as emphatic as it gets. With literally his last kick of the ball in a Chelsea shirt, the Ivorian won the ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 10,343 reads 15 comments

  16. Manchester United Should Do Everything They Can to Sign Arjen Robben

    Louis van Gaal ’s "to-do list" upon his arrival at Manchester United is a lengthy one. In fact, he’s already been ticking off tasks over the course of the last month, despite only officially taking charge at Old Trafford on Wednesday...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 18,969 reads 104 comments

  17. Alexis Sanchez Is the Forward Arsenal Have Been Looking for

    It was a moment of sheer ferocity. With a win over Atletico Madrid on the final day of the season, Barcelona would have been Liga champions. And for about 10 minutes, such an outcome looked somewhat likely...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 19,798 reads 30 comments

  18. 4 World Cup Stars Manchester United Must Target to Complement Ander Herrera

    Louis van Gaal isn’t the only man attached to Manchester United celebrating this week. The Dutchman punched the air as his Netherlands side made the last eight of the World ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 24,052 reads 116 comments

  19. England Should Embrace Its Identity as a Counter Attacking Team

    Spain has (had) ‘ Tiki -Taka.’ Italy have ‘ Catenaccio .’ And the Netherlands have ‘Total Football.’ The World Cup is a congress of footballing philosophies and methods...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 563 reads 1 comments

  20. Louis van Gaal's Methods with Holland Show He's Perfect for Manchester United

    As is so often the case with clubs in the market for a new manager, Manchester United opted for a complete change of tact with the appointment of Louis van Gaal...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 10,666 reads 13 comments

  21. Even a Great World Cup Should Not Tempt Arsenal into Moving for Mario Balotelli

    Mario Balotelli is a legend. Not in the Hall of Fame sense of the term, though. Not in a kind of jager -bomb swilling, rugby-player sort of way either. He’s a legend in the same way the Loch Ness Monster is a legend...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 8,954 reads 66 comments

  22. Which Premier League Club Is Best Suited to Cesc Fabregas?

    When Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol bundled Cesc Fabregas into a Barcelona shirt as a prank during Spain’s 2010 World Cup celebrations, the sight of ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 30,799 reads 178 comments

  23. Gareth Bale's Success at Real Shows Why More British Players Should Move Abroad

    Striding about the Estadio da Luz pitch, holding aloft the European Cup, Gareth Bale draped a Welsh flag around his shoulders. It was a strange scene. In amongst all the Iberian and Latin American colour and flair stood a Brit...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 10,883 reads 82 comments

  24. Why David Moyes Will Redeem Himself at His Next Club

    Somewhere—possibly in Florida— David Moyes will pick up the paper left at his hotel suite door on Tuesday morning. He should avoid reading the sports pages, because he’ll find out Manchester United have moved on...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 8,411 reads 9 comments

  25. Manchester United Should Be Embarrassed by Their Treatment of Rio Ferdinand

    While Nemanja Vidic was receiving a captain’s send-off in front of the Stretford End, his defensive partner for the best part of a decade was slinking about in the background...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 18,022 reads 84 comments