When you’re a club as well followed as Manchester United, you know you have to deliver on a lot of fronts. Delivering trophies, keeping the shareholders and sponsors happy and of course brandishing a stylish club jersey for the adoring supporters to wear.
United have usually held themselves up to a good account in terms of their fashion sensibilities – though they also did infamously change their strip during half-time after Sir Alex Ferguson deemed that their inability to stop Southampton from taking a three goal lead into the break was due to their grey change strip.
It appears that United have chosen to go with a dark shade for next season again – but this time in a stylish jet black. The design bears a resemblance to the cult favourite blue and white away shirt worn by the Red Devils between 1990 and 1992, so there seems to be some hint of nostalgia about their choice this time around.
While United fans on social media have taken to the new jersey with great enthusiasm, they will be hoping that they can see their heroes show-off the design in the Champions’ League next season – something which Jose Mourinho and his injury-saddled charges are still attempting to ensure.
“Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics.” Benjamin Disraeli clearly had little regard for numbers and projections, so it’s safe to say that he would probably not be a fan of modern football and the obsession with stats.
We’ve progressed from merely goals and appearances to more in-depth analysis of performance markers like distance run, key passes, chances created and so on. However, they do prove illuminating more often than not, and this latest stat might actually be the most definitive way of showing exactly who is England’s best team.
In a table compiling data beginning from the start of last season, Tottenham have topped the table with an impressive 147 points which is 15 clear of the next best side in Manchester City. They also outscored the other top sides in the Premier League while conceding the fewest goals as well – and what makes their points tally even more impressive is that the gap between 2nd place and 5th is just a single point.
While this may not have much bearing in terms of the real standings, it’s certainly indicative of just how good the London side have been over the last two years – and they would love to validate their performances on paper with some silverware come the end of the season.
Sometimes a moment comes to pass in football that seemingly sums up the beauty of not just the game but of human athleticism, something that can scarcely be put into words but is more of an experience meant purely to be felt and seen.
Emre Can certainly had one of those moments as his sublime bicycle-kick goal against Watford has had everyone in awe of the midfielder. That it also proved to be the only difference between the sides as Liverpool look to clinch Champions’ League football made it all the more sweeter.
Of course, joy and misery are often two sides of the same coin – and the latter was clearly felt on the part of the Watford fans who helplessly looked on as Can put forward his entry for Goal of the Season. The Hornets’ perspective was captured brilliantly in the expression of one home supporter who had the perfect combination of being horror-struck and awe-struck simultaneously.
Liverpool’s 1-0 win is a huge boost for the Anfield club in the face of their Top-4 rivals’ failures to come away with full points on the weekend as Can definitely proved he was the man; just not in the case of the hosts of course.
It’s always nice when your special someone supports what you do – their backing has an added significance their belief in your abilities and your goals.
Well, Dutch model and dancer Candy-Rae Fleur was determined to show just how completely she stands by her man Daley Blind with a little help from her friends.
The Manchester United player’s long-term girlfriend strutted into Old Trafford along with a posse of seven other ladies to attend the game against Swansea on Sunday.
As if it wasn’t easy enough to spot this bevy of beautiful women, they also donned matching baseball caps with the slogan ‘Team Blind’ in capital letters to show exactly who they were there for. The United fans must have looked on with approval – and a majority of them not just because they were cheering on the home team.
Unfortunately, Fleur and pals were unable to inspire a jaded United to victory as the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Still, the Red Devils do possess a few more opportunities to guarantee Champions’ League football next season and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have a few more appearances from this dedicated Dutch gang to up the glamour quotient.
Check out the special guests at the United-Swansea clash below:
It has finally come to pass – after 22 years, “St. Totteringham’s Day” will not be observed in the Premier League as Tottenham have made sure that they will not be finishing behind their bitter rivals Arsenal.
They did so with a 2-0 win over them in what would be the last North London Derby ever at White Hart Lane as Harry Kane and Delle Alli got on the scoresheet – the latter of whom was not even born when the curse had begun. A generation of Spurs fans celebrated raucously while Gunners’ supporters faced their worst fear – a changing of the guard.
It would certainly seem given the contrast in fortunes for both clubs that Spurs have finally come out of the shadow of their more successful neighbours – and even Arsenal legend Ian Wright agrees. The ex-striker admitted that signing for Tottenham would prove the more attractive option currently, a statement that gave rise to plenty of taunts and banter on social media.
While it still remains to be seen if Spurs can maintain their new-found edge, there’s no denying that it is their time to go marching in to the spotlight.
Check out the following clip, with first-class fan reaction sound effects, below:
After a 3-0 loss at home, you wouldn’t expect too many Everton players or supporters to be in an upbeat mood. The Toffees have been on fine form at Goodison Park this season, so the loss against Chelsea was particularly hard to take. However, Golden Boot front runner Romelu Lukaku was all smiles after the game despite the result – and it was not in circumstances that would comfort the fans at all.
Footage emerged of Lukaku meeting Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo in the tunnel in the post-match in a meeting that featured grinning faces, some warm gestures and even an embrace.
The highly rated Belgian has never had a higher stock in the transfer market and the spectre of his former club swooping in for him looms large in the coming months.
The Premier League’s top scorer however failed to impress in front of his prospective new manager Antonio Conte, but repeatedly this has not deterred the London club from attempting to land their man.
Lukaku is seemingly sure to leave the cosy Merseyside club in the summer – it remains to be seen if his move involves a palette swap to a different blue jersey eventually.
When it comes to the Old Firm Derby, all bets are off. The history of the fixture has been marred with violence both on and off the pitch while every so often some good football also breaks out. Celtic are definitely in the ascendancy at the moment and they proved their dominance with a 5-1 away win at Ibrox Park – the biggest winning margin away against their bitter rivals ever. It would not be too difficult to imagine what the mood of the home crowd must have been like.
In fact, one fan decided that his team were simply not doing enough to stop their rivals and took matters into his own hands. The errant supporter can be spotted running up and getting right into Celtic captain Scott Brown’s face – he certainly did not want an autograph.
Rangers’ players had to escort the man to edge of the pitch before he re-joined the throng, with no perceptible reaction from the stewards and security staff. Lax enforcement and a lax defence – plenty of worrying signs at the Ibrox.
While the pitch invasion proved to have no real effect on the game, it is still a pretty ugly sight. Though surely not as unwelcome as the scoreboard at the end of the game for the home faithful.
The latest edition of the Manchester Derby certainly did not light up the park after a goal-less draw, but it was as fiercely contested as any other. One of the unfortunate victims of the intensity of the match was young Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
The Dutchman only came on in the 86th minute but it proved enough time for him to dislocate his shoulder in a challenge with Vincent Kompany as his name was added to United’s already lengthy injury list. While the teenager would certainly be rueing his luck, it did provide the City skipper with an opportunity to show his gracious nature.
Kompany had a personally signed shirt sent to Fosu-Mensah with the message wishing him a speedy recovery. The apology was overwhelmingly accepted via an approving Instagram post – there are still some nice guys in football it appears.
Bitter enmity aside, Kompany’s gesture towards a young talent certainly speaks volumes for his character, and is something that the two divided sets of fans could finally agree on.
Harry Winks might be just at the start of his career, but he certainly isn’t shy of attending the A-List events.
A host of celebrities were peppered among the 90,000 strong crowd for the epic heavyweight title clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko – a match that more than lived up to the hype as the Englishman picked up the unified championship after 11 gruelling rounds.
Cheering on the man from Watford was Tottenham man Winks, whose slightly sheepish grin seems to suggest he might not have told too many people he would be in attendance.
While an injury at the beginning of the month ruled Winks out for the rest of the season, Spurs will be looking to land a knockout blow of their own ahead of a crunch derby clash against Arsenal tonight.
Check out the pictures of Winks at the event below:
It’s always handy to have a fantastic youth set-up. Just ask Manchester United, who set up a title-soaked dynasty founded on the talents of that hallowed ‘Class of ’92’.
Homegrown talent is certainly a cheaper alternative to dipping into the transfer market and always gives the home fans something extra to cheer on for.
Chelsea certainly seem to have their next batch of superstars as their youth team retained the FA Youth Cup with a sparkling 5-1 victory at Stamford Bridge to seal a 6-2 aggregate win over Manchester City.
Chalobah, Ugbo, Hudson-Odoi – goalscorers for the Blues here, and prepare to see these names in the Premier League soon enough.
First team coach Antonio Conte was there to celebrate the win, and added a nice touch by visiting the home-team dressing room after the game and congratulating each individual player.
It would certainly have made for a special moment for the lads and given Conte a chance to acquaint himself with the talent pool should he require them soon. Real class from the gaffer and a Win-Win for Chelsea all the way.