1. 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 2 days ago 45,641 reads 74 comments

  2. 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 days ago 13,511 reads 67 comments

  3. 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 9 days ago 22,831 reads 138 comments

  4. 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 11 days ago 2,842 reads 2 comments

  5. 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 16 days ago 6,298 reads 17 comments

  6. 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 18 days ago 9,420 reads 11 comments

  7. 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 25 days ago 13,823 reads 11 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 77,094 reads 242 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 42,285 reads 141 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 17,227 reads 26 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 27,351 reads 107 comments

  12. 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 1 month ago 10,248 reads 15 comments

  13. 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 2 months ago 18,816 reads 104 comments

  14. 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 2 months ago 19,521 reads 30 comments

  15. 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 3 months ago 23,921 reads 116 comments

  16. 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 3 months ago 503 reads 1 comments

  17. 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 3 months ago 10,564 reads 13 comments

  18. 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 3 months ago 8,890 reads 66 comments

  19. 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 4 months ago 30,672 reads 178 comments

  20. 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 4 months ago 10,643 reads 82 comments

  21. 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 4 months ago 8,325 reads 9 comments

  22. 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 4 months ago 17,917 reads 84 comments

  23. Olivier Giroud Has Enjoyed a Good Season, but Arsenal Can Do Better

    Arsenal is a club that cherishes their strikers, even more so than most. Dennis Bergkamp , Thierry Henry and Ian Wright can attest to that...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 9,955 reads 42 comments

  24. Ryan Giggs Is the Most Powerful Man at Manchester United Right Now

    Patrolling the Old Trafford touchline, arms outstretched in moments of protest and pointing to his watch in the style of the man whose name literally hangs over the dugout, Ryan Giggs looked the part of the Manchester United manager...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 5,857 reads 6 comments

  25. Jose Mourinho Is Still the Main Man and Will Lead Chelsea to Glory

    The study of Jose Mourinho has become English football’s fixation. Almost everything that comes out the Special One’s special mouth is analyzed and dissected for true meaning and subtext...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 7,590 reads 22 comments