Liverpool Being at the top of the league is always great, you can’t get any higher. In the last two games, we lost points, but I’m pleased all in all. Injuries is the drawback. That we lost Van Dijk and Thiago to the School of Science at Everton—or were they Dogs of War? – It was difficult to lose so early in the season.
But Thiago has returned: he looks forward to seeing him regularly. 9/10Stars and Flops The entire team, but particularly the young lads, Rhys Williams, Nat Phillips, Neco Williams and goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher, have adapted superbly to the many changes due to injury.
Also worth noting are Fabinho in central defence and Curtis Jones, who through a series of good results has lost his status as “one for the future”
And, of course, Mo Salah. We have no flops. January 2021 men’s transfer window – all deals from the top five leagues in EuropeContinue readingFeeling pleased with the manager? Sure. Of course.
Totally enthusiastic, pleased, reconciled. Not enough superlatives exist. Tactical genius, brilliant boss, victory-gracious, sore loser.
And don’t fear challenging this government. 10/10 There’s a central defender or two we need to sign.
Ben White has a strong reputation and is aware of what is expected of him, but we are also related to Schalke’s Ozan Kabak.
If the boss thinks Kabak is the right guy, then hopefully the deal will be concluded quickly – even if it means we’re not going to sign anyone. Moment that made me smile in 2020 When in June Chelsea beat Manchester City and we won the league.
The Spirit of Shankly led the national fan movement against the shameful notion of pay-per-view and pressured broadcasters to reconsider and abandon it. Steph JonesI’m reasonably happy with Manchester City.
We’re doing well in the light of this ridiculous season and how everyone else is doing. In the season, we had some especially bad results, but our form in the cup was excellent. But the recent outbursts of Covid in Newcastle, City, and Fulham, and the deteriorating crisis across the country, make me wonder if it’s all worth it. 7/10Stars and Flops Our stars were our defenders, certainly.
Ruben Dias had a transformative effect: when I say he was almost flawless, I’m not exaggerating. The re-emergence of John Stones was similarly fantastic and a little surprising. A mention is also deserved by João Cancelo. In our back-line, he was shuffled around, but he was one of our most reliable players and producers of potential. Huh? Flops? Eventually, I think the club gave up on Benjamin Mendy. Happy with the coach? Once more, comparatively speaking, yes. His work in defense and especially with Stones is very impressive.
But too many of our players (especially our attackers) were off form. There were signs of us getting going against Newcastle, but I fear the Covid outburst may have ruined that. 7/10We need to sign We won’t do anything this month, but a left-back would be great. Álex Grimaldo maybe…. The moment that made me smile in 2020 when City overturned Cas’ appeal – what a day that was.
And also a mention for Marcus Rashford for his incredible humanitarian work. This boy is a gem – Lloyd Scragg NinetyThreeTwenty.com @lloyd_scraggManchester UnitedAs this season gives with one hand, so it takes away with the other.
A first-class position in the league despite appalling inconsistency at home and an embarrassing exit in the Champions League group stage despite an away win over PSG and a 5-0 home win over Leipzig.
So that’s the focus for the second half of the season: fix the inconsistency and the soft center in defense. We tend to start games poorly and concede easy goals, but up front we are strong and have a back three that can take on any team. 6.5/10The 2020 alternative sports awards: quotes, storms and animal cameosContinue readingStars and flops When Bruno plays well, United play well.
Rashford is excelling and maturing into a potential world class striker.
Lindelöf and Shaw, however, are not good enough: both are prone to mistakes and are dragged out of position.Happy with the coach? Ole has become more ruthless, as his handling of Pogba shows. He’s building a solid squad, but probably needs another summer window to get where he wants to go. He’s still starting two defensive midfielders as he clearly has no confidence in his center backs. That needs to be addressed. 7/10We need to get under