When Roma sold Mehdi Benatia this summer and lost Leandro Castan to a non-life-threatening brain injury, it only seemed natural to assume that the side's defence would suffer. The attack, it seemed, should only improve; no one was sold, and Juan Iturbe arrived to give the side a much-needed threat from outside of the box. Yet, against Milan on Saturday, a recent Roma vulnerability reared its ugly head once again: The side did well enough to contain one of the more dangerous men in this campaign in...
It's no secret that for many key members of the United States national team, the second half of 2014 was one to forget on the club front.
Now, thankfully, a new year is finally on the horizon.
MLS capped its season two weeks ago. Liga MX followed suit seven days later. And this past weekend's games in Germany, France and the Netherlands marked the last matches before those circuits closed up for their respective winter breaks. Only the teams in England keep playing though the holidays, and,...
If last week's game involving Manchester United and Liverpool was billed as a contest between the Dog and Duck and The Red Lion, then Liverpool's match with Arsenal on Sunday further enhanced the Premier League's stature as the World's Best Pub League (WBPL: trademark pending).
So many passes went astray (I'm looking at you, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez), so many shots were scuffed (thank you, Philippe Coutinho and Lazar Markovic) and so many tackles were reckless (ciao, Fabio Borini) that...
The observant among you may have noticed that when Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel took to the sky to head home his side's 97th-minute equaliser against Arsenal on Sunday evening, he did so sporting a rather large black bandage around his cranium.
This was because the Slovakian centre-back had his head accidentally scrawled and bloodied by Olivier Giroud's studs which caused the game to be delayed for a fair old while shortly after the restart.
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- The Wall: Newspaper's De Gea tribute
- Cheeky t-shirt: Man Utd fans poke fun at Gerrard
- Mud, glorious mud: Club World Cup farce
- Foot flap: West Brom player's gruesome injury
- Wenger is Frozen: Funny Arsenal manager parody
- Pecs appeal: Crouch copies Ronaldo
- Him again: Crouch goes crowd surfing
- World Cup bonanza: Gotze's boot sells for millions
Skrtel received a temporary patch-up and duly played...
On Boxing Day 2002, a slim teen wearing a Manchester United suit and tie enters a service station on the A1 motorway near Newcastle. His attire attracts attention, but his face doesn't register with weary festive travellers.
The boy who later maintains that he can eat anything without putting on weight ignores the fast-food outlets and uses the service station toilets to change into less formal clothing.
It's still 10 weeks before Fletcher will make his Manchester United first-team debut, but Sir...