Two Defeats In Four Games But Manchester United Are Up For The Fight

While Manchester City spent, Chelsea regressed and Arsenal’s bright future finally threatened to show up, Manchester United were winning this Premier League title race without fanfare. In a rebuilding phase themselves, they relied on old organisational wisdom and defensive strength to exploit the weaknesses of their pursuers. Sir Alex Ferguson has won championships with spectacular attacking football. He was winning this one without the same artistry in midfield and with…

March 2, 2011

Wayne Rooney Escapes FA Censure For Elbow On James McCarthy

Wayne Rooney will face no disciplinary action for his elbow on Wigan Athletic’s James McCarthy at the DW Stadium on Saturday. The FA spoke to the referee, Mark Clattenburg, this morning and he said he saw the incident and was satisfied that he dealt with it appropriately at the time. Any ban would have ruled Rooney out of Tuesday’s Premier League match against Chelsea, Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool and the…

February 28, 2011

Preview: Arsenal v Wigan

Arsenal’s pursuit of league leaders Manchester United continues on Saturday when the Gunners play host to lowly Wigan Athletic. Arsene Wenger’s men have gone on a five-game undefeated run since falling 1-0 at Old Trafford last month, and might have ended Avram Grant’s tenure at West Ham United last Saturday were it not for Martin O’Neill’s sudden cold feet. The Gunners are third on the table on 43 points, two…

January 20, 2011