1. 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 day ago 67,544 reads 218 comments

  2. 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 8 days ago 41,875 reads 141 comments

  3. 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 15 days ago 17,043 reads 26 comments

  4. 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 22 days ago 27,258 reads 107 comments

  5. 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 29 days ago 10,189 reads 15 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 18,704 reads 104 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 19,436 reads 30 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 23,847 reads 116 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 476 reads 1 comments

  10. 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 2 months ago 10,521 reads 13 comments

  11. 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 2 months ago 8,872 reads 66 comments

  12. 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 3 months ago 30,635 reads 178 comments

  13. 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 3 months ago 10,576 reads 82 comments

  14. 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 3 months ago 8,285 reads 9 comments

  15. 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 3 months ago 17,848 reads 84 comments

  16. 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 4 months ago 9,846 reads 42 comments

  17. 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 4 months ago 5,828 reads 6 comments

  18. 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 4 months ago 7,573 reads 22 comments

  19. Hillsborough Stadium Disaster 25 Years On: How English Football Changed Forever

    Twenty-five years on from Britain’s worst sporting tragedy, and we’re still searching for answers...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 29,494 reads 22 comments

  20. Luis Suarez Might Be the Best Player in the World Right Now

    Has a team ever sat atop the Premier League at this stage of the season with so many question marks held against its title candidacy? Liverpool are two points clear in first place, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 17,344 reads 80 comments

  21. Life Without Robin Van Persie Might Not Be so Bad for Manchester United

    It was almost a microcosm of Manchester United 's season. Three goals up, David Moyes had only just stopped punching the air like a man on death row who'd been afforded the reprieve ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 14,404 reads 58 comments

  22. Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal: Making Their Case for the Title

    This time of year goes by a variety of names. Some call it the "home straight," while others refer to it as the "business end." Alex Ferguson labelled it as "squeaky bum time...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 10,458 reads 83 comments

  23. Man City: £100 Million in Transfers, a Visionary Manager, but Still No Progress

    Manchester City don't really need to posture and pout to prove their domestic supremacy any more. The club has little left to prove in England, even if they still take delight in goading their rivals ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 564 reads 12 comments

  24. A Youthful, Attacking England Side Can Win the 2014 World Cup

    Roy Hodgson must be tempted to switch off his phone, cut the cable to his broadband router and bury his head in a pillow until the World Cup begins...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 5,720 reads 22 comments

  25. Why Juan Mata Should Be Allowed to Play for Man United in Champions League

    The Champions League has a certain resonance at Manchester United . Of course, the competition means a lot to every team that contests it, but for England's most successful team, there's an added romance...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 31,268 reads 63 comments