Who is United’s biggest asset?

Is Wayne Rooney set to join Paul McGrath, Norman Whiteside, Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Roy Keane and Carlos Tevez in the discarded pile? That’s what today’s Independent is suggesting. It follows a difficult 15 months in his relationship with manager Alex Ferguson. Rooney flirted covertley with Manchester City in late 2010 following a reported fall […]

As sure as night becomes day

It’s disturbing that it’s as easy to write about off-the-pitch stories as it is about those on it.  Fifty years ago footballers were taking public transport and cycling to 3pm games on a Saturday afternoon.  Now their Bentleys and Ferraris would almost run over the  fans just to ensure a few extra minutes walking around […]

What’s next for England’s ageing squad?

There’s always going to be some knee-jerk in the wake of a humbling tournament exit.  But as discussed in my previous post this is not just about getting caught on the break a couple of times and being victim of a gross officiating mistake.  Joe Cole, who originally predicted that England could win the tournament  (and […]

Injustice can’t overshadow England’s failure

I said yesterday that England needed to produce a credible performance to match the bold claims made by the likes of David James and Joe Cole.  They didn’t.  What they produced against Germany was as bad if not worse than the display against Algeria.  The stats might show that England had more possession and more shots […]

Five things: Trap, Barnes, McParland, Rio, Rooney

1. “Disgraceful” play-offs for Ireland I wouldn’t say Ireland particularly deserved to beat a tidy but unambitious Italian side at Croke Park on Saturday night but it was still a huge disappointment not to be able to hold on to a 2-1 lead for three minutes.  Mind you considering the luck that manager Trapattoni has […]