It's a question that's cropped up numerous times around Old Trafford in the last few months: why exactly didn't Alex Ferguson go for Rafael van der Vaart in the summer? Had the ... more
Anfield skipper's decline means hero may have to walk alone
It was an economic oddity those at Liverpool have become all too used to. Last summer, three players were worth almost as much as the club itself. At the same time as Anfield's officials were struggling to sell the very institution, they would have had no problem off-loading Steven ... more
A side of player haters who get the backs up of most supporters
We can often fool ourselves into thinking how well we know players. On the pitch, a performance can be mistaken for a personality. Off it, media training renders a multitude of different people identikit. Some players, of course, cover a lot of sins with well-crafted words. We've lost count ... more
Once he was King Kenny, now he's just a pawn
If body language was part of the problem at Liverpool, then Kenny Dalglish is doing better. Not perfect, but certainly better. Roy Hodgson sent out a multitude of wrong signals by placing his right hand upon his chin and moving his forefinger back and forth when standing on the touchline ... more
Spurs want to pay for Everton's utility but Neville is staying put
The chant follows Phil Neville around the grounds of England. He may even hear it in his sleep, it's become so frequent. "You're just a c**t like your brother," is how it goes, and while it certainly isn't meant as a compliment, you can see why ... more
Ferguson's selections keep his opponents guessing, and losing
The night before Tottenham's defeat to Everton on 5 January, Harry Redknapp dropped his squad off at a Liverpool hotel and got back on the M62 to embark upon a spying mission at Old Trafford. Alex Ferguson's side were hosting Stoke City and the 63-year-old was keen to ... more
Need for Speed with his nation still stuck in the slow lane
In an interview in late 2003, Gary Speed of Newcastle United and Wales was asked if he could see himself managing his country one day. "If everything in life was perfect, yeah, but it's not," he replied. In the manager's office at the headquarters of the Football Association ... more
City hit top but lucky to keep the Wolves from the door
Edin Dzeko made his £27million introduction for Manchester City – and was immediately upstaged by strike partner Carlos Tevez as the Blues secured top spot in the Premier League by edging a seven-goal thriller at Eastlands. Indeed, as the game reached its closing stages, Wolves looked certain to claim a point ... more
Stokes hits form as Fulham frustrate Wigan
Andy Johnson's late deflected strike earned Fulham a Premier League point at fellow strugglers Wigan.

The hosts went ahead in the 57th minute through Hugo Rodallega, who guided the ball over David Stockdale.

Substitute Johnson drew things level with five minutes of normal time remaining with a shot that ... more
O'Neill factor could sway Keane as Pienaar opts for Inter
Robbie Keane has started negotiations with Birmingham City after Tottenham Hotspur finally accepted an offer of £4million for the 30-year-old, with the fee potentially rising to £6million. The deal was some way off being completed at the time of going to press, however, with Keane's excessive wages of £65 ... more
Sorry defeat to Arsenal set to be Grant's parting glass
The word would appear to be true. The rumour circulated around Upton Park before kick-off that Avram Grant was for the chop after Arsenal's visit, and nobody in authority at West Ham made any serious attempt to dismiss them. Martin O'Neill, according to reports, has agreed in principle ... more
Tuncay does it in the stadium as well as cyberspace to lift Pulis
The smile was back on the face of Stoke manager Tony Pulis as goals from Danny Higginbotham and Matthew Etherington gave his side victory against Bolton at the Britannia Stadium. Before kick-off Pulis was shaken by the news his proposed move for Demba Ba for a reported £7.1 million ... more
Anelka resumes normal service for Chelsea
Chelsea finally stopped the rot today as they beat Blackburn Rovers to climb back into the top four. Looking to end their worst run in the league for almost 15 years after winning just one of their previous nine games, the Blues dominated from start to finish at Stamford Bridge ... more
Odemwingie ends West Brom's woeful run in helter-skelter game
Two-goal Peter Odemwingie ended West Brom's five-game losing streak with a late winner against Blackpool at The Hawthorns. David Vaughan had put Blackpool in front but Albion replied through Odemwingie and James Morrison only for Gary Taylor-Fletcher to level for the Seasiders.

But then Odemwingie struck with three minutes ... more


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