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Manchester United playing in Mourinho style already as Paul Pogba shines

The ESPN FC crew discuss Paul Pogba's Premier League debut.

Manchester United sealed another typical Jose Mourinho win on the Portuguese's Old Trafford debut on Friday night, easing past Southampton 2-0. Like their 3-1 win at Bournemouth five days earlier, United showed an impressive level of organisation so early into the new regime, while producing enough danger at the other end to win comfortably.

Their fluency varied when facing an established defence, and that is another reflection of Mourinho, who values transitions above elaborate moves. United often...

Liverpool exploit makeshift Arsenal defence as Coutinho and Mane shine

FC's Gab Marcotti explains his reasoning behind picking Arsenal to win the Premier League, the crew talk Olympics and more.

For Arsenal fans harbouring hopes of a season free of familiar errors, Sunday's 4-3 defeat to Liverpool must have felt particularly dispiriting. Just like last season against West Ham (a 2-0 loss), the Emirates crowd witnessed an opening-day display riddled with lacklustre passing and defensive wobbles. Happily for Liverpool, as on their own opening day last year against Stoke, Philippe Coutinho produced a decisive wonder-strike.

At first sight, the scoreline might appear wildly unpredictable, yet...

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Tactical questions for the big clubs ahead of the Premier League season

With the dawn of the new Premier League season nearly upon us, The Exploding Heads break down this season's certainties.
The Exploding Heads sound 'The Premier League Horn' to welcome in the new Premier League season.

The 2016-17 Premier League season is upon us and, as always at this time of year, questions abound. Ahead of the big kickoff, Michael Cox considers some of the main tactical talking points.

What will be Manchester City's default attacking approach?

Pep Guardiola preached possession football at Barcelona but his Bayern Munich side was more direct, concentrating on getting wingers in one-against-one situations down the flanks and generally playing with at least one traditional centre-forward.

At Manchester...

Stefan Reinartz's path from player to analyst helps us understand passing

Stefan Reinartz was a middling midfielderb but he's found fresh life in data analysis.

As Stefan Reinartz's career as a tidy holding midfielder in the Bundesliga began to stall due to various injuries, his curiosity about the machinations of the game only grew bigger.

"I always enjoyed thinking about numbers and probability models," the 27-year-old, who retired from active duty in May, told ESPN FC. "But I really became interested in the field after hearing a lecture on football stats at the German Sports University in Cologne. It discussed a study that showed that most common...

Why Leicester City should have let Jamie Vardy leave this summer

The ESPN FC guys answer your tweets about Antonio Conte, Leicester City and Gareth Bale.

In June, word leaked that Jamie Vardy had turned down the opportunity to move to Arsenal. The England international instead chose to sign a new contract and stay with his Premier League-winning pals in Leicester, signing his second contract extension in about six months. His original deal, signed in February at £80,000 per week, included a £22 million release clause that Arsenal triggered with their offer. This deal reportedly includes a pay bump to £100,000 per week and likely...

Portugal sit deep and weather the France storm to win Euro 2016

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos praised the influence of captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Portugal relied on their defensive resolve once more to seal a remarkable underdog victory and lift their first major international trophy in Saint-Denis on Sunday.

The tactical identity that has underpinned their campaign also characterised the final. They pressed low, stayed patient without possession and were often uninspiring going forward; over the 120 minutes, they didn't make a single successful tackle in the opposition half, and scored from one of their three shots on target.

France started...