Ferguson looks to keep Mancini and City in the background for now
Mancini vs. Ferguson
The young pretender versus the old master, Mancini has taken Ferguson on at his own mind games and could well win. The United supremo has seen it all before, but in admitting that this is the biggest Manchester derby ever shows how much of a threat City have become. Will Sir Alex go for just one up front to quell City’s midfield threat, or perhaps go bold? Mancini will not be too proud to admit that Aguero and Tevez are now certainties to start. You can’t buy Ferguson’s experience, however. Who has the edge: United Continue reading
Pep covers his greying hair by adopting the Stone Cold Steve Austin look
A – Al-Ahli. The club Pep played with towards the end of his career. Could he feel this would be a nice footballing back water to chill out in until he wants to re-enter the mainstream?
B – Beard. With managers getting cooler, Pep’s beard-ability separated him from the rest. Fuller than Mourinho’s patchy pre-pubescent efforts, but not overbearing like Mike Bassett’s porn star look, Guardiola found the perfect grade on his trimmer. Continue reading
How England lined up in the last qualifier - seven out of 11 make it into our line up
Goalkeeper – Joe Hart
The first name on the team sheet, Hart’s form for Manchester City this season has been exemplary, and he could yet be a league winner by the time the tournament starts. A worrying lack of depth in this department, however. Continue reading
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Alan Brazil on his Hollywood near miss. What a shocker!
‘I’m no Vidal Sassoon but my hair was natural… but Kevin Keegan’s…’ Alan Brazil on hair fashion and self expression.
Fernando Torres celebrates the goal that sealed Chelsea's path to the Champions League final
In the film Shallow Hal, the main character is a chauvinist pig who only talks to beautiful women. He judges anyone who is not, by his reckoning, perfect, and mocks the ‘ugly’ ones. Hal is eventually put under some sort of hypnosis or voodoo trick, where he sees the beauty within all people, falling in love with a fat suit wearing Gwyneth Paltrow. Last night was the English public’s Shallow Hal moment. Continue reading
Alan Brazil wonders whether ‘Arry, the people’s choice, will still be the FA’s choice. He is not everyone’s favourite.
The strengths of English clubs has been overshadowed by Barcelona's dominance in Europe
These were more like runners than footballers,and would charge from their penalty box to that of the opposition hoping to connect their head with a long ball that had been floated over most of the field. The idea was that in the mayhem created by all these players trying to head the ball, there would be so much confusion that they might score a goal. Once that was done it was back to their own penalty box, kick every dangerous ball to row 52 and in the end emerge one-nil winners. Continue reading
On the previous 50 matches in which Wayne Rooney had scored at Old Trafford, Man United had won. Yesterday was the first time this was not the case.