Is this Saints player the one for United?

The Sun reported over the weekend that Sadio Mane could be subjected to a little bit of a Manchester tug of war come the summer. With Pep joining the Manchester City project this coming summer, Txiki Begiristain has highlighted Mane as a source of pace as Manchester City’s impending tactical overhaul seems to have a little more Bayern than it does Barcelona about it.

For Manchester United, transfers will be yet another battlefield in which Manchester City will be looking too gazump their city rivals. It would have been hard to believe that Guardiola wasn’t mentioned as a potential successor to Van Gaal, and after potentially losing one battle, already Sadio Mane might be the next name added to the list but is Mane the player that Manchester United need going forward into next season? Continue reading “Is this Saints player the one for United?”

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Should Poch return for a fit Saido?

This winter has seen the return of two of the great sagas. Star Wars more re-emerged from exile curtesy of a Disney reboot. Han Solo was once more gallivanting around the universe with his furry friend in tow. The second, not quite so revered saga admittedly but oh so real, was that of Saido Berahino and another transfer window.

In that galaxy far, far away that is the Midlands, everything surrounding Berahino seems to be descending into something rather farcical. Last summer, Berahino had the world at his feet. His breakthrough season last year saw the young Englishman score 14 goals in the Premier League in a West Brom side that is hardly famed for notching some big numbers in the ‘GF’ column of the table under Tony Pulis. Interest was always going to be inevitable and it seemed Tottenham were in pole position to acquire Berahino’s services. Then it never happened. In fact, it turned all rather sour. West Brom accused Tottenham of operating unprofessional. Jeremy Peace seemed aggrieved with Daniel Levy’s negotiation tactics as much as he did the instalments the fee would arrive. £22million plus bonuses seemed a reasonable sum. West Brom refused to sell, refused Berahino’s transfer request and told Tottenham to go do one. Continue reading “Should Poch return for a fit Saido?”

Poch keeps Faith for Potential Title Run In

Predicted XI’s

Norwich: Rudd, Pinto, Klose, Bassong, Brady, Howson, Dorrans, Redmond, Naismith, Hoolahan, Bamford

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier Alderweireld, Vimmer, Rose, Dier, Dembélé, Lamela, Erikson, Alli, Kane

In the Premier League this season where nothing is certain and the stakes are so high, the January transfer window has seen a tale of two halves of the table. The great quandary of stick or twist has seen the players with the short stacks roll the dice, as teams who might see themselves in a relegation scrap sought to improve their chances of reaping the rewards of the TV cash cow of next season. Norwich undoubtedly fall amongst the chancer’s post-January window. Continue reading “Poch keeps Faith for Potential Title Run In”

Can Transfers save Sunderland against City?

Sunderland vs. Manchester City, Match Preview 2-02-16

Predicted XI’s

Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, Kone, van Aanholt, Catermole, M’Vila, Johnson, N’Doye, Borini, Defoe

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Otadmendi, Demichellis, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Touré, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero

And there we have it, the worse kept managerial appointment has been confirmed and it is the sign of the magnitude of such an appointment that even once official it still shocked. Manchester City love a Deadline Day announcement. In 2008, Thaksin Shinawatra sold the club to the Abu Dhabi Group and consequently brought Robinho in from Real Madrid for a then British transfer record. Oh, it was crazy! Deadline has never been the same since. Regardless how many times Jim White check his phone, the January window can never match such drama. Yet Manchester City’s announcement of Guardiola appointment certainly overshadows Alex Pritchard’s loan move to West Brom. Continue reading “Can Transfers save Sunderland against City?”