Can Man Utd still win the league?

After Manchester United’s historic 2-1 loss on Saturday away at Huddersfield Town, many are believing that the fire power that started at Old Trafford this season has died down and whether the Red Devils can compete against City and others such as Tottenham and Chelsea for this season’s title.

United are currently without Pogba and Fellaini and are seriously missing them. They haven’t won without either of them and due to this, their city rivals are five points clear at the top of the table. When they come back from injury, the midfield of Pogba and Matic, or even Fallaini replacing either of them, will be one of, if not the toughest test that a team would have to face this season.

Worries with other teams is that Manchester City look unstoppable, not playing at their best and only winning 3-0 at the weekend against Burnley, which is like dropping points for the Citizens at the minute. The moment to see what Pep Guardiola’s team is made of is to see how they react when they start dropping points. Other teams such as Tottenham are showing fight as well, overcoming their Wembley demons and proving themselves ready for when the gap of five points becomes narrower.

However, United are still major title contenders. It’s only October, they have Jose Mourinho, they have  serious squad, and still have injured players such as Pogba, Fellaini and Ibrahimovic to come back. They can win the league, but from now on it will be a serious fight until May.

Get Out, Ya Bard

Craig Shakespeare has been sacked by Leicester City. The Foxes are currently in the relegation zone after last night’s 1-1 draw at home to West Brom, leaving Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha thinking “To sack or not to sack, that is the question.” Shakespeare took over last February after the controversial sacking of Claudio Ranieri, with many saying he was stabbed in the back by Shakespeare, just as Julius Ceasar was.

The summer saw the departure of Danny Drinkwater, the media covering Riyad Mahrez’s potential departure and Adrian Silva’s incoming missed the deadline by 14 seconds. A midsummer nightmare. So basically, this season hasn’t been the best and now we’re done with the puns we can try and see managers who could potentially take over at the King Power.

Firstly, Sam Allardyce. The former England manager has said that if he returns to football, it would be with a national team. However, Allardyce is king of surviving relegation, doing it with Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Bolton, etc. And how can this job not appeal to him? The money, the players, the talent he’d have. He would certainly have to think twice about it.

Brendan Rodgers would also be not a half bad appointment. Currently, in the Celtic Park hot seat, Rodgers has spoken about making Celtic a Champions League team, and with the recent performance at Anderlecht, shows he isn’t a million miles away. We all saw his success at Swansea and how he nearly was a Premier League champion, and maybe this is the kind of job that would next suit him, a mid-table side that can push for Europe. However, it would be unlikely for him to leave the club he supports, especially with their success at the moment.

Finally is Thomas Tuchel. The former Borussia Dortmund coach was linked with Arsenal last season before Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year contract. Currently out of work, he won the DFB-Pokal last campaign and helped Dortmund finish third in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League. Perhaps he’d be a decent manager to help build Leicester City into the European club they dream of.

What do you think? What will be the Winter’s Tale? Leave your thoughts in the comments below

Three reasons Why Crystal Palace can stay in the Premier League

Its fair to say Crystal Palace didn’t enjoy a great start to their Premier League campaign. Seven games, seven defeats and zero goals left Palace rock bottom.  When Chelsea visited Selhurst Park, expectations were low, so in typical Premier League fashion Crystal Palace caused the shock of the weekend with a 2-1 win. But the question on everyone’s lips is, can they survive relegation? Here’s three reasons why they can:

Wilfried Zaha

The pacey wing wizard returned from a knee injury sustained during the first weekend of the season to lead Palace to victory against Chelsea, scoring the winning goal in the process. When on form, there are not many better wingers in the Premier League, and he has finally started turning his sporadic moments of brilliance, into consistent match winning performances. If he can stay fit, he could be Palace’s saviour, something he is used to doing by know.

An Experienced manager

Roy Hodgson may have lost the respect of many fans following his stint as England manager. But there is no doubt he has the experience of a long and successful career in the game, 41 years in management mean there is not much he has not experienced. Impressive spells in charge of Fulham and West Brom in the Premier League should stand him in good stead to save The Eagles.

A squad full of Premier League experience

Among the Palace squad there are players who have played a lot of games in the top division. Players such as Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Christian Benteke have all racked up a lot of games in the top flight and have all been involved in successful relegation battles in the past. Compared to some of their relegation rivals this kind of experience could prove vital come the business end of the season.

 

 

 

3 Reasons Why Danny Rose Should Join Manchester United

Tottenham left-back Danny Rose is the nation’s best regarding that position, but has become a frustrated figure at the north London club due to an injury sustained in January keeping him on the side-lines. When a player of this quality is not 100% happy at a club, other teams will be on red alert, with four teams now being linked to Rose according to the Daily Star (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/652319/Danny-Rose-next-club-odds-Man-Utd-Tottenham-Premier-League-sportgalleries) with one of the sides being Manchester United. Here are three reasons as to why Rose should choose Old Trafford as his next destination;

Money-

Rose was a part of an interview in which the player stated he is worth more than the £65,000-a-week salary Spurs are paying him and with a switch to the super-wealthy United, his salary would be doubled. Money has become the stem of football with many players basing so much on income when deciding which team to play for. When a team easily capable of doubling your current salary come looking, it is hard to hide.

United’s desperation for a new left-back-

In 2014 United signed Luke Shaw for £27m, but questions over his fitness after a lengthy injury has made him an outcast in Manchester, and with make-shift players such as Young, Darmian and Blind playing left-back, there is certainly a huge spot for Rose to make his, and both parties would complement each other well as United have not had a strong, consistent left-back since Patrice Evra.

Trophies-

At 27, it comes as no surprise Rose may be looking for a way out of Spurs as the side, although playing some fantastic football, are yet to win any silverware for nine years. Although United have not been at their sparkling best of yester-year they still manage to win trophies with them successful in the Europa League and EFL Cup last season. If he were to join the team from Old Trafford, silverware will be a sure thing.

Should Arsenal look to sign this Premier League star in January?

Leicester City man Riyad Mahrez has recently been linked in the Sunday Mirror to moves to either Tottenham or Arsenal in the January transfer window. It is well documented that the Algerian wants to leave the King Power, and here are three reasons why it would be good for him to turn up in the Emirates dugout.

Firstly, he’d get more game time. If he left Leicester City for Tottenham, he would not play as much as if he went to Arsenal. As he is a right midfielder, Spurs currently have Kieran Tripper in that position and if not, they have the replacement of Serge Aurier or even youngster Kyle Walker-Peters, all three of whom can play right back, but Pochettino is playing them more as attackers down the flanks.

Secondly, he’d suit the system at Arsenal. Wenger has mostly this season been playing a 3-4-2-1 formation, with the right of the midfield four position being occupied by Hector Bellerin. If Mahrez were to join, Bellerin could move to defence to make four at the back, or keep it three at the back but move Koscielny or Mustafi to the middle of the three and let Bellerin play right back, his natural position. So if Mahrez joined the Gunners, there would be numerous ways he could fit in and improve the squad.

Finally, Arsenal are clearly growing. The signing of Lacazette has shown that the Gunners are improving their attack, and while there are talks of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez leaving, the signing of Mahrez could massively soften that blow if those two did leave.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/arsenal-tottenham-set-transfer-tug-11341119

This is the article linking Mahrez’s move. What do you think? Should he go here or elsewhere? Leave your thoughts in the comments below

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