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The Europa League can affect league form, but there are other factors at play

With January rapidly approaching, Craig Burley shares his opinion on whom Manchester United should look to bring in.

It is an argument that pops up every so often, particularly in England: When a club participating in the Europa League club does worse than expected domestically, the blame is placed squarely on European competition. On Sunday, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville was the latest to make the point:

The argument...

Chelsea's perfect run can't last forever, Barca and Bayern have big problems

Craig Burley says while Antonio Conte's system is thriving, Man City are still his title favourites.

Antonio Conte knows it won't last forever. A run of seven wins in seven games has catapulted Chelsea to the top of the Premier League, and it coincided with his switch to a 3-4-3 (or, if you're a touch more pedantic, a 3-4-2-1). But the success was also made possible by the fact that his first-choice XI more or less stayed healthy. And there's a learning curve to how opposing coaches adjust to it. Over time, you'd imagine, they'll find countermeasures.

For much of the first half against Tottenham...

Lessons that U.S. Soccer might learn when hiring future head coaches

The FC panel address the need for a short-term fix for the USMNT, but discuss if Bruce Arena fits into a long-term role.
Taylor Twellman says Bruce Arena taking over the U.S. head coaching job is 'all about qualifying for the World Cup'.
Gab Marcotti joins OTL to discuss how too much power led to Jurgen Klinsmann's ultimate demise.

Taylor Twellman described Bruce Arena's appointment as a "Band-Aid" to stop the bleeding and get the United States men's national team back on track for Russia 2018.

If the U.S. comes up short in qualifying -- and even if it doesn't, given that Arena will be nearly 67 after the World Cup -- odds are the United States Soccer Federation and its president Sunil Gulati will be searching for a new head coach sooner rather than later.

We don't know how wide they'll cast their net, what the priorities...

Man United progress, Arsenal stumble; Zidane impresses; Bayern blunted

Craig Burley says despite Man United's strong performance, they failed to put the game to bed against Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho has a point when he says Manchester United are reaping less than they sow. And they've been leaving points on the table as a result. It happened against Stoke, it happened against Burnley and, on Saturday, against Arsenal.

"We were the best team by far... they are the lucky ones and we are the unlucky ones." he said.

It's a low-scoring sport and happenstance often determines outcomes. Turn those draws into wins and United would be fourth in the table, three points off the top. That's...

Lucas Pratto shows that Argentina, top clubs still need no-name teammates

Lionel Messi and his teammates announced they will no longer speak with the press going forward following their win over Colombia.
Lucas Pratto may never score again for Argentina but his goal taught an important lesson about national team football.

A casual fan might have been dumbstruck seeing Argentina's lineup against Colombia. A back four, Lucas Biglia and Javier Mascherano shielding, Ever Banega handling playmaking duties (not entirely unexpected), Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi cutting in from wide and, up front ... Lucas Pratto.

Not Gonzalo Higuain, who set a Serie A goalscoring record last year. (He was on the bench.) Not Sergio "Kun" Aguero, who may well be the best striker in the Premier League and was the second-leading scorer...

Introducing #FC100, a fun way to rate and debate the game's top stars

Shaka Hislop reveals our picks for the top ten strikers in the game today.
Here are the ten best attacking midfielders in the game today according to ESPN FC.

It takes some of us back to when we were kids. From the moment we could count, some of us liked ranking things, whether it was toy cars or stuffed animals. It wasn't something you could measure, necessarily. You could come up with whatever criteria you chose, you could build rational arguments and, generally, there were no wrong answers.

Ranking footballers, to some degree, is a similar exercise. Or, rather, there are wrong answers -- pick Jesse Lingard over Lionel Messi, and someone will remind...