Author: Adam Anderson

Manchester United and Paul Pogba need to overcome their own fear factor

Why is it that when watching Paul Pogba play for Manchester United it’s like watching a totally different player from the one who plays for France? Why does he excel in one system far more than the other? Pogba fulfills a different role for club than he does for country. For France, he’s praised as a creative leader playing a vital role on France’s World Cup-winning squad. For club, he’s lambasted as an incompetent hack at the root of Man United’s woes. His United salary shows that the club see his potential, but why bring him back if his key ... Read more

Russia’s World Cup run defied the odds, here’s a look at how they pulled it off

Hats off to Russia for making their country proud and making it to the quarterfinals. It’s fair to say that few saw that coming. Heading into the World Cup, the Russians ranked 70th in the world, making them the worst ranked team in the tournament. They were also winless in seven friendlies leading up to the World Cup. Making them a long shot to advance out of the weakest group. And this makes what they accomplished that much more impressive. Kick-starting the tournament with eight goals in two games instilled hope in the Russian squad. They were determined to prove ... Read more

Man United finishing second is sad indictment of Premier League

With the Premier League season coming to an end, Manchester United clinched their spot in second place with 78 points. It’s the most points the Red Devils have earned since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Hats off to Mourinho for this accomplishment. But if a casual football fan sat down and watched an entire United match this season, they’d surely be scratching their heads or falling asleep. At the very least, they’d wonder how they finished so high in the table. It’s a straightforward query: How on earth did Manchester United finish in second place? Yes, they ... Read more

Analysis of how Manchester United upset City in terrible week for Cityzens

Manchester City failed to win the title at the Etihad against their crosstown rivals but the highly anticipated Manchester Derby did not fail to disappoint. Some could say Man United showed glimpses of the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson as they clawed their way back from 2-0 down portraying great tenacity and drive. For much of this season, the Manchester United players have lacked passion and creativity due to Mourinho’s tactics, which made this comeback especially meaningful for United fans. After two first half goals from Vincent Kompany and İlkay Gündoğan, it looked as if City were in the ... Read more

Millwall vs Brentford: An American’s first experience at The Den

Having been to Premier League games in the past, I was looking forward to expanding my football experience by attending a Championship in London and comparing that to my experience at bigger clubs in the top flight. Environment, venue and facilities, fan passion, style of play, talent level – just how different is a Championship match from one in the Premier League? After a near 9-hour flight from Atlanta to London and a day of exploring the area surrounding our flat near the Edgware Road Underground Station, I started preparing myself for the Millwall against Brentford game on March 10 at ... Read more

How Carvalhal saved Swansea in just four weeks

Having been in the relegation zone in the Premier League for nearly the entire season, Swansea City sit five spots above the bottom three in 13th position. After a slow and disappointing first half of the season under manager Paul Clement, the Swansea board felt it was time to part ways with the Englishman. After cycling through three managers last season, they gave Clement as much time as possible this season. After all, there was some faith behind the Englishman after he pulled the Swans out of the relegation zone in the second half of last season to stay up. ... Read more

Appreciating Manchester City’s total domination in Premier League this season

Even with 11 games remaining, it’s safe to assume that Manchester City have won the Premier League title. They currently sit 16 points clear on top of the table with a whopping 72 points and a goal difference of +59. While they may not break Chelsea’s record of the most points in a Premier League season with 95, they broke the record for the most consecutive wins in a season with 18 and could still break the record for most goals in a season, best goal difference and largest title-winning margin. Even though they won’t live up to the feats ... Read more

Grading January signings for Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs

The January transfer window has ended, and after a ton of speculation for the past few months, all of the transfers in and out have been completed. But which top Premier League clubs did better than others? I’ve rated Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs below:   ARSENAL Grade: A Transfers in (former team listed in parenthesis) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) Konstantinos Mavropanos (PAS Giannina) After plenty of speculation, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan have been reunited under Arsene Wenger. Considering the dearth of goals from Alexandre Lacazette since the start of the season, ... Read more