1. Was Criticism of Manchester United Chief Ed Woodward Wide of the Mark All Along?

    If they are valued at over £30 million, chances are Manchester United have been linked with a move for them at some point over the past three years. The Old Trafford club has become a staple of the transfer window gossip column...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 6,797 reads 10 comments

  2. James Rodriguez Could Turn out to Be the Perfect Signing for Chelsea

    James Rodriguez was once the ultimate distillation of Real Madrid 's Galactico transfer policy. The playmaker had been linked with several clubs around Europe before the 2014 World Cup, but Los Blancos' name hadn't been mentioned...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 15,080 reads 35 comments

  3. Ross Barkley Must Make Progress or His Career Won't Reach Expected Heights

    Blood and thunder, guts and gore, Monday's Merseyside derby should have been a game for Ross Barkley . When the young midfielder was forged from Scouse metal — the same ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 1,424 reads 5 comments

  4. Same Old Arsenal: Arsene Wenger Must Address His Team's Mental Weakness

    For 45 minutes, Arsenal seemed to be on the brink of a season-defining moment. Up 1-0 against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Arsene Wenger 's side were more than worthy of their lead...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 2,523 reads 9 comments

  5. Marcus Rashford Must Ensure He Does Not Follow the Path of Adnan Januzaj in 2017

    Marcus Rashford’s story is so remarkable it has been immortalised in a video game. EA Sports used the tale of a teenage striker bursting on to the scene at Manchester United , taking football by storm, to promote FIFA 17...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 6,869 reads 10 comments

  6. The Elite Are Strangling the Champions League, and It Looks Irreversible

    It’s just as well there are no flags fluttering outside UEFA ’s headquarters in Nyon , Switzerland...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 5,890 reads 9 comments

  7. Jose Mourinho Is Slowly but Surely Turning into His Biggest Rival, Arsene Wenger

    With every blow dealt to Jose Mourinho ’s Manchester United , Arsene Wenger must surely afford himself a smirk...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 20,695 reads 62 comments

  8. Pep Guardiola's Reputation Is Only Thing Keeping Manchester City out of Crisis

    Pep Guardiola sees things a little differently. While Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Chelsea was widely viewed as emblematic of how Manchester City are struggling to adapt ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 3,768 reads 11 comments

  9. Would a Red Bull-Owned Team, Like RB Leipzig, Work in England?

    The Bundesliga, for so long the epitome of footballing self-assurance and sometimes self-righteousness, isn't so comfortable in its own skin right now...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 7,995 reads 21 comments

  10. Philippe Coutinho Is Liverpool's Best Player, but They Will Cope Without Him

    There are few things in football more despairing for fans than the sight of a world-class player writhing in pain. It's easy to tell when an injury is serious. It's in the eyes...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 2,360 reads 2 comments

  11. If There's One Manager Who Can't Blame Luck, It's Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho once again spun his wheel of excuses and came up with a new one. "We all know inside that in this moment we are the unlucky team in the Premier League," he moaned after Manchester United 's 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Nov...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 10,549 reads 20 comments

  12. Now the Best Defender in England, Which Club Could Use Virgil van Dijk Most?

    It takes a lot to stop Liverpool at the moment. Jurgen Klopp’s side had scored 14 goals in their last four outings before Saturday’s trip to St. Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 5,765 reads 12 comments

  13. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard Underline That MLS Is No Retirement Home

    There is a certain quirk in the universe’s space-time continuum, perhaps something cosmically charged, something written in the stars, that links Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 3,696 reads 6 comments

  14. Daniel Sturridge's England Form Could Be the Catalyst for a Career Revival

    Ryan Giggs reflected common opinion of Daniel Sturridge when he was asked for his view of the striker...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 2,486 reads 5 comments

  15. England v Scotland: Is International Football's Oldest Rivalry Really a Rivalry?

    It’s the oldest rivalry in football. England and Scotland are forefathers of the sport, with the first meeting between the two nations dating back to November 1872...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 4,963 reads 9 comments

  16. Jurgen Klinsmann Faces Crossroads as USA Prepare for Hex Showdown vs. Mexico

    If Jurgen Klinsmann has ever felt under any real pressure of losing his job as U.S. men's national team manager, it most likely came around the time of the country's last clash with rivals Mexico...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 3,606 reads 18 comments

  17. How Tottenham Hotspur's Rise Could Change the North London Derby

    The best derbies are won by those who puff their chest out farthest. Of course, there needs to be something more than just competitive spirit—history, heritage, intangible ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 3,454 reads 24 comments

  18. Victor Moses Has Become the Embodiment of Chelsea's Resurgence

    When Antonio Conte arrived at Chelsea , he found a squad in desperate need of rejuvenation. Almost to a man, the Blues had underperformed the season before...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 7,743 reads 29 comments

  19. This Year Will Prove If the Ballon d'Or Truly Is an Individual Award

    There's always a certain novelty appeal to the list of Ballon d'Or nominations every year it comes out. The names of European football's great and good are perused to find the odd one out, the name that doesn't quite belong there...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 11,381 reads 51 comments

  20. Jose Mourinho Is Nothing Without His Aura and Must Undergo a Personal Revolution

    He was once the Special One, then the Happy One, but on Sunday Jose Mourinho was the Humiliated One...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 11,686 reads 30 comments

  21. Is David Moyes a Busted Flush as a Manager?

    Pinned on the fridge of every struggling Premier League chairman is a shortlist of managers. It’s a collective shortlist, with the same names linked with the same vacancies until the person at the top is plucked...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 4,983 reads 8 comments

  22. Trying to Solve the Curious Case of Arsenal's Theo Walcott

    Anyone watching Arsenal 's at times chaotic 3-2 home win over Swansea City on Saturday might have queried who the eye-catching attacking dynamo in the No. 14 shirt was...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 9,326 reads 19 comments

  23. Wayne Rooney Must Follow Ryan Giggs' Lead to Preserve Manchester United Legacy

    The passing of the England captaincy from Wayne Rooney to Jordan Henderson for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Slovenia was as symbolic a moment as they come...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 6,073 reads 13 comments

  24. How Mauricio Pochettino Turned Tottenham Hotspur from 'Spursy' to Contenders

    Certain things are expected of certain clubs. Arsenal , for instance, are pencilled in as top-four fixtures every summer, with Manchester United targeting the title season after season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 7,940 reads 24 comments

  25. Do Arsenal Finally Have the Defence to Win the Premier League Title?

    Arsene Wenger has long been a master of defence. Not the kind played on a football pitch, but the rhetoric contested with the media and even his own fans almost on a weekly basis...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 16,343 reads 44 comments