1. Manchester United Must Shake off Their Inferiority Complex Ahead of Derby Day

    Manchester United fans still take glee in taunting their rivals Manchester City , despite the Premier League power shift that has taken place in the northwest over the past five years or so...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 13,183 reads 44 comments

  2. Why Football Should Turn Its Back on the Meaningless Ballon D'Or

    Cristiano Ronaldo could hardly get his pre-prepared speech out for holding back tears. Standing in front of football’s great and good, assembled in Zurich, the Ballon d’Or, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 27,956 reads 171 comments

  3. Manchester United Can Win the Premier League Title, but They Must Beat Chelsea

    Not so much a darling of the media, but a protagonist, Louis van Gaal has already said a few things at  Manchester United he probably regrets. Take his assertion that it would take three months for results to come this season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 12,465 reads 78 comments

  4. Liverpool Should Target Saido Berahino to Solve Their Attacking Problems

    Brendan Rodgers has much to ponder at the moment. As if Sunday’s lawless win over Queens Park Rangers didn ’t pose enough questions of Liverpool ’s true credentials this season, now they face Real Madrid in the Champions League...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 5,666 reads 22 comments

  5. Manchester United Must Give David De Gea the Contract He Deserves

    A good goalkeeper will win a team just as many points as a good striker. David de Gea proved that much in his now-storied performance against Everton...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 9,195 reads 20 comments

  6. Arsenal Must Start Looking for Arsene Wenger's Replacement Now

    The "In Arsene We Trust" banner that is often raised at the Emirates Stadium isn’t fluttering as valiantly as it once was, but Arsene Wenger still embodies Arsenal as a club...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 6,760 reads 63 comments

  7. Roy Hodgson Will Be Judged on Whether He Can Add Style to Substance

    Games against San Marino are judged in a way no other games can be judged. It is a fixture that cannot be measured in points, but in goals...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 2,950 reads 10 comments

  8. Could Robin Van Persie Lose His First-Team Place at Manchester United?

    At a time when there was little to smile about, a smirk spread across Robin van Persie ’s face. “Trust me, we’ll be back,” he said when a reporter asked ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 20,441 reads 85 comments

  9. Why Are Europe's Biggest Clubs Stockpiling Top-Quality Goalkeepers?

    Those who can’t do, teach; those who can’t teach, teach gym. And those who can’t play football are goalkeepers. Anyone who has ever played a five-a-side football game knows how the position of goalkeeper is sorted out...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 15,633 reads 29 comments

  10. 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 4 months ago 12,290 reads 24 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 4,671 reads 11 comments

  12. 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 4 months ago 15,788 reads 120 comments

  13. 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 4 months ago 47,564 reads 73 comments

  14. 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 4 months ago 13,800 reads 67 comments

  15. 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 5 months ago 23,919 reads 138 comments

  16. 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 5 months ago 2,950 reads 2 comments

  17. 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 5 months ago 6,363 reads 17 comments

  18. 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 5 months ago 9,566 reads 11 comments

  19. 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 5 months ago 13,927 reads 11 comments

  20. 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 5 months ago 77,362 reads 242 comments

  21. 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 6 months ago 42,511 reads 141 comments

  22. 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 6 months ago 17,493 reads 26 comments

  23. 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 6 months ago 27,522 reads 107 comments

  24. 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 6 months ago 10,346 reads 15 comments

  25. 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 7 months ago 18,975 reads 104 comments