O90 – What We Learned – Manchester City 1 West Ham United 2

Manchester City fielded nearly £300 million in talented personnel – the most expensive line up in Premier League history – and while David Silva was injured in the warm up, they were still heavy favourites to beat their giant-killing opponents. Yes, West Ham were on a remarkable away run, but they were to face a […]

Will West Ham benefit from Manchester City’s European schedule?

Manchester City were halted, with a heaving shudder, by Juventus in Europe this week. The Italian giant had yet to win in Serie A, but were oozing with exactly the sort of aristocratic nous that wins you these heavyweight, ding-dong European affairs. Manchester City’s feathers, which were standing at full height thanks to their perfect […]

Premier League managers find fortune fickle

How we would have laughed in November if we’d been told that, just a few months later, Brendan Rodgers would be breezily having to quash rumours linking him to the Manchester City managers position. How Manuel Pellegrini would have laughed along with us, back in those breezy, rose-tinted days of late 2014. Today, however, it […]

For City, Toure’s is a damaging absence

The results don’t lie. Yaya Toure has been absent from Manchester City’s line up in 5 of the last 6 matches. City have failed to win all 5. Though 2 of those 5 matches were against top-end rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, the other 3 were against bottom-half Burnley, Hull City and Everton. It’s difficult to […]

This year’s sack race open to all

Usually, by this point in the Premier League season, if a manager hasn’t already been shown the door, we at least have some forlorn figures that we can just about nail on as being ripe for the sack. Last November, Ian Holloway and Paolo Di Canio had already been disposed of, and by the time […]

United in chaos

As Chris Smalling slid inaccurately towards James Milner, an act rightly described later by his manager as “stupid”, his mind, and those of the fans in red who were watching, must have been a frenzied tempest of confusion and regret. How Smalling must have flagellated mentally in the showers (steady) over his decision to firstly attempt […]

VIDeconstruction: Alexandre Song v Manchester City

West Ham’s run continues, and looking at the way they beat champions Manchester City on the weekend, it shows no sign of slowing. At Upton Park, as Sergio Aguero, David Silva et al strode out onto the pitch, the fans (and presumably the team) were keenly aware that this would be the ultimate heat-check. Lose […]

Aleksandar Kolarov: Man City’s Mr Dependable

When he was bought for £16 million in 2010 from Lazio, a lot of Manchester City fans, spoilt lavishly as they were by the concurrent arrivals of Yaya Toure and David Silva, probably saw the signing of Aleksandar Kolarov as a little less than sensational. He’d only had two appearances for Serbia at the World […]

The Opening Premier League Weekend: 5 Talking Points

Van Gaal and Manchester United should be offered no sympathy for a lack of creativity Most Red Devils fans will take Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Swansea as a good omen, keeping in mind David Moyes’ 4-1 victory over the Welsh team on the opening day last season. Van Gaal however will not be one […]