On a Sunday afternoon in 1994, Mark Hughes provided one of my earliest football memories. After 90 minutes at 0-0, Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final against Oldham went into extra time. Early in the second period, Neil Pointon capitalised on a rare Peter Schmeichel error to put Oldham 1-0 up. All looked lost. United had huffed and puffed but had been unable to break Oldham down or get anything passed Jon Hallworth, keeping goal valiantly for the Latics. Without the suspended Cantona,…Continue
Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha will not go down as one of the Manchester United greats. Signed for something around £16m in 2007, Nani has never totally won the hearts of the Old Trafford faithful. But Nani has always been one of my favourite players at United. Friends and pundits have maligned him for reasons I find hard to disagree with, but I’ve always fought his corner.
This week saw him fly-kick his way into the headlines. The general consensus seems to be that Nani’s red card…Continue
The appointment of Rafael Benitez at Stamford Bridge has got pundits and fans discussing the possibility of a return to form for the misfiring Fernando Torres. Some have even suggested that Chelsea’s trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich appointed Benitez solely for the purpose of reviving Torres – a £50m vanity purchase carried out by the owner.
Since Torres’ move to west London from Liverpool, he has been an abject failure. After joining in January 2011 he made 18 appearances that…Continue