1. What Does Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal Have Against Ander Herrera?

    Manchester United are lacking a certain something, or rather a certain player. For all that Louis van Gaal’s midfield has undoubtedly been replenished over the past 12 months, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 days ago 45,859 reads 133 comments

  2. Liverpool Have Once Again Failed to Address Their Biggest Weakness This Summer

    Only two games have been played of the new Premier League season, but a common theme has already become apparent: deception...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 14 days ago 19,924 reads 89 comments

  3. Pedro Is the Player Manchester United Thought Angel Di Maria Would Be

    Angel Di Maria’s year at Manchester United will go down alongside John Terry’s six-game loan spell at Nottingham Forest , Liverpool ’s signing of Rickie Lambert ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 21 days ago 52,691 reads 81 comments

  4. Chelsea's Current Team Has the Makings of Jose Mourinho's Greatest Ever

    Chelsea ’s summer has been an understated one. Just two new signings have arrived at Stamford Bridge ahead of the new Premier League season, with Jose Mourinho ’s side ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 28 days ago 23,922 reads 46 comments

  5. Manchester United's Powerful Summer Should Worry Europe's Biggest Clubs

    Somebody, somewhere must be keeping a tally on just how many players Manchester United are linked with over the course of every transfer window...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 71,790 reads 133 comments

  6. Is Raheem Sterling the Player to Help Man City Break Europe's Elite Teams?

    With Raheem Sterling 's first touch for his new club, it appeared Manchester City had spent £49 million on a Steven Gerrard impersonator...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 26,543 reads 101 comments

  7. Will Tottenham Hotspur Ever Become the Club They Want to Be?

    There was something contrived about the way Tottenham Hotspur greeted the finalisation of their plans for a new stadium...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 38,106 reads 121 comments

  8. Manchester United Should Target Morgan Schneiderlin over Bastian Schweinsteiger

    An image has circulated around social media recently, satirising Manchester United ’s summer transfer window strategy. It shows the Old Trafford club’s predicted lineup were every player linked with them to end up there next season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 13,390 reads 36 comments

  9. Liverpool Have Learned Lessons from Error-Strewn 2014 Summer Transfer Window

    The exit of Luis Suarez was always likely to hurt Liverpool . As the Premier League’s top scorer in his final season at Anfield, the Uruguayan’s exit last summer was to the Reds’ obvious detriment...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 41,178 reads 73 comments

  10. It's Time Manchester United Finally Stood Up to Real Madrid in Transfer Market

    It’s tempting to put the allure of Real Madrid to David De Gea down as an illustration of how far down the food chain Manchester United are in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson age...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 53,232 reads 148 comments

  11. Arsenal Need Midfield Reinforcements to Sustain Premier League Challenge

    Arsene Wenger ’s stubbornness is both his best and his worst quality. The faith he shows in his players pays off just as often as it doesn ’t...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 15,493 reads 102 comments

  12. This Time It's for Real: Arsenal Can Win the Premier League Next Season

    We’ ve been here before. Arsenal over the past decade have become the epitome of consistency, but with that they have also become the most tedious club in European football...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 29,681 reads 172 comments

  13. The Revival of Dani Alves from Has-Been to Best Right-Back in Europe

    Luis Enrique wasn’t the only one at Barcelona who looked as good as gone just a few months ago. With the Camp Nou club in turmoil on and off the pitch, the cost was already being counted in terms of who would be leaving Catalonia this summer...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 13,144 reads 33 comments

  14. Why FA Cup Final Success Should Not Be Enough to Satisfy Arsenal

    With the last Premier League game of the season comfortably won, Arsenal fans took great delight in proclaiming—60,000 united in song at the Emirates Stadium—that they are off to Wembley on Saturday...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 5,771 reads 93 comments

  15. Arsene Wenger Is Wrong and Must Target Top-Tier Defenders This Summer

    Arsene Wenger has changed, perhaps not as a person but as a coach over the past two years. While the Frenchman still maintains his footballing principles, he has started to ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 12,147 reads 112 comments

  16. Could Juventus' Andrea Pirlo Realistically Thrive in the Premier League?

    There’s a picture of Andrea Pirlo that often does the rounds on social media. It depicts the Italian midfielder sat in a vineyard, legs crossed in relaxation, wine glass in hand...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 11,220 reads 31 comments

  17. Brendan Rodgers Has Been Excellent and Liverpool Would Be Foolish to Sack Him

    There have been times this season when Brendan Rodgers probably wanted to look anywhere other than the Anfield pitch, such have been the troubles faced by Liverpool over the past year...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 9,551 reads 88 comments

  18. Why Manchester United Should Bring Javier Hernandez Back from the Wilderness

    There was a compelling contrast to be made between the performances of two on-loan strikers—one at Manchester United , the other at Real Madrid —last weekend...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 27,221 reads 107 comments

  19. Raheem Sterling Is Priceless to Liverpool, but Not for Other Clubs

    Whether with dignity or not, Raheem Sterling had given himself the perfect negotiating platform. After a week of intense speculation concerning his future at Liverpool —in ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 17,757 reads 50 comments

  20. Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez Should Not Be Considered Player of the Year Material

    Alexis Sanchez isn’t your archetypal Arsenal player. Sure, the Chilean is technically adept and dynamic on the ball, but while the Gunners are comprised of considered football-thinkers, Sanchez is restless and instinctive, at times irrepressible...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 20,207 reads 97 comments

  21. Luke Shaw Has Disappointed Just as Much as Other Man Utd Summer Signings

    Whether by design or not, Louis van Gaal has finally found a shape and lineup that suits Manchester United ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 29,125 reads 98 comments

  22. Why Mesut Ozil Is Absolutely Pivotal to Arsenal's Top-4 Push

    By swapping shirts with an opponent at half-time—an unforgivable cardinal sin in the modern game—Mesut Ozil set himself up as a convenient scapegoat for Arsenal ’s ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 17,949 reads 73 comments

  23. Why Liverpool Have Found Their New Talisman in Philippe Coutinho

    Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United shouldn’t diminish what Brendan Rodgers has achieved in salvaging Liverpool ’s season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 8,277 reads 16 comments

  24. Arsenal Stuck in Awkward No-Man's Land Between Europe's Best and the Rest

    There was to be no miracle in Monaco. Arsenal might have played with the poise and bold swagger demanded of them in recent years, but the outcome of Tuesday’s defeat on away ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 10,916 reads 60 comments

  25. Liverpool Cannot Afford Another Transfer Window Like Last Summer's

    Liverpool ’s 1-0 home win over Stoke City earlier this season, in November to be precise, might have seemed unremarkable on the face of it, but it provided a bold statement on the Anfield club’s transfer policy...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 19,319 reads 71 comments