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  • Barcelona 2 - 1 Athletic Bilbao: Barcelona use the wings, Athletic lack the concentration needed to win the game

    Barcelona 2 - 1 Athletic Bilbao: Barcelona use the wings, Athletic lack the concentration needed to win the game

  • David Moyes: Fergie’s Fault

    David Moyes: Fergie’s Fault

  • Podcast- Dem Onions and Anchovies

    Podcast- Dem Onions and Anchovies

  • Man City Women off to a Difficult Start in the Super League

    Man City Women off to a Difficult Start in the Super League

 

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With Sir Alex Ferguson announcing in 2013 that he would be retiring from the role he had held for the previous 27 years, the legacy he left behind made filling his boots an almost impossible task for any manager. Most United fans would have been disappointed that Pep Guardiola had already committed his future to Bayern Munich, but the likes of Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti were all possibilities. Instead, Sir Alex recommended David Moyes of Everton - the worst and most damaging decision the legendary manager made in his quarter-century stretch at United.

It was damaging for all parties concerned. United have had a terrible season, David Moyes is now the laughing stock of European football, and Sir Alex himself has taken one on the chin given that Moyes was his ‘Chosen One.’ Such was (and still is) the status of Sir Alex at Old Trafford that his decisions are hardly ever scrutinised. Why would they be? He did everything his own way, and in doing so, made United the biggest club in the world. So when it was announced that he had selected Moyes as his successor, a large proportion of United fans were completely content with the decision. It made sense, but more importantly, it was a decision made by Sir Alex – and he can’t be wrong, can he?

On the advent of Real Madrid facing up to a number of key fixtures without Cristiano Ronaldo while beginning to slip in the league, I made jokes about the core of their team having Tottenham DNA. But yesterday, words were dined upon as Real Madrid faced down their mortal enemies in both a Cup Final and (yet another) El Clasico and walked away with a trophy. But how, you might ask? How did they manage to prevail against the might of tiki-taka, heavy-pressing and The Best Player of Our Generation™ without their talismanic #7?

Bottom line? They got Baled out.

There has been an awful lot of fanfare emanating from the Etihad recently regarding the newly re-launched Manchester City Women side – and rightly so. As a proud City fan, a passionate supporter of female sport and a woman, investing in the women’s game is exactly what I believe my club, with all its financial and marketing clout, should be doing. After a pre-season signing spree which lured the likes of England internationals Jill Scott, Steph Houghton and Toni Duggan to East Manchester, the time finally came for the girls to make history and actually participate in England’s elite women’s league. Needless to say, two games into the 2014 FA Women’s Super League 1 season, things haven’t gone exactly according to plan; losing to both Liverpool and Bristol Academy without scoring a single goal was not the sort of impact City Women were hoping to make. But this season, this side and this whole project is very much a work in progress – for the fans, the players and the club itself.

Floating towards the Championship, Norwich City are slowly being suffocated by the threat of relegation as they hang on to their Premier League status by a thread. The Canaries have lost their last three games – all of which included opposition against fellow relegation candidates. It's just not clicked for them this season and the panic decision to sack Chris Hughton with just five games to go doesn't inspire me – and I'd assume most neutrals – with much hope of a survival. And yes, out of the top five European leagues, Norwich City have the second worst strike force, scoring just twice more than Serie A's Catania, who are also rock bottom.

Athletic Bilbao visited the Camp Nou this weekend, and Barcelona had to win in order to have at least a slim chance of catching Atletico Madrid at the top of the table. Athletic Bilbao also had to get a result, otherwise Sevilla would have approached them within three points on the table. In this case, next week's game between the two teams would be crucial in the race for fourth spot.

For any football fan watching their team in the FA Cup Semi Final, emotions and tensions run high. It’s the same from the top of the Premier League to the bottom of League One, but when your team has floundered the second half of the season and hasn’t won a trophy in 9 years, every kick of the ball is like a kick in the ribs.

Saturday’s game against Wigan for me was like fighting a war; we had correctly estimated our opponent and knew it was going to be a tough game, but still entered the battlefield with an arrogance that very nearly cost us the game and would have ensured the trophy drought dragged into a 10th year. But like with most wars, with more luck than judgement, we soldiered through to our first FA Cup final since winning the trophy in 2005. 

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    Scouting Report: Memphis Depay (PSV)

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    Scouting Report: Max Meyer (Schalke)

  • Scouting Report: Viktor Fischer (Ajax)

    Scouting Report: Viktor Fischer (Ajax)

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