FA Cup Final Focus: Manchester City

14.05.11

Can Tevez be for City what Ferguson is for Everton?

Even before I tuned into watch Everton play Man City last week, I knew Everton would win. I’d known since it had been revealed that Duncan Ferguson would be making his return to Goodison Park before the game. The big man is a true Everton legend, an icon who represents the commitment and passion that epitomises the club. In dark times, Duncan was our hero, he helped keep our heads above the water.

And Man City, in their current guise, don’t have that. It’s the reason why Everton have got such a hoodoo over them in recent seasons (we’ve beaten them in seven of our last eight meetings) and why City’s undeniable wealth of talent has not yet been transformed into the sort of genuine success, you know: the glittery silvery kind, that all their lavish spending surely demands. Is today the day that changes?

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Premiership Conclusions

17.05.09

Premiership Conclusions
1. Worthy Champions
Much as I hate to admit it, I actually found myself wishing United to win the title for the larger part of this season, once it became clear that Arsenal and Chelsea wouldn’t win it, and that Liverpool, for once, actually might. However, despite my obvious allegiance-based support, it has been clear for most of the season that United were the best team in the competition. They had their blips, as all teams do, but at the end of the day, theirs was the strongest and best managed squad of the top four.

Arsenal simply weren’t good enough to keep up a challenge, though performances like the one they put in will continue to frustrate their fans because they’ve proven that they can compete with the best, just not consistently. Chelsea would have run United really close had Hiddink been there all season, but ultimately Big Phil’s failure to motivate his team cost the Blues. And Liverpool kept the pressure on United, and they may have won it if Torres and Gerrard had been fit the whole time, but that also proves why they don’t deserve to be champions – because two men don’t make a team, nevermind Champions.

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Carlos “Bosman” Tevez: Is he a free agent?

14.05.09

Another Tevez saga beckons, and the man himself could throw the toys out of Uniteds pram.

Another Tevez saga beckons, and the man himself could throw the toys out of United's pram.

That’s right loyal readers, another transfer window is trundling ever closer towards us and so, naturally, a new saga surrounding the future of Carlos Tevez is blowing up. The Argentinian remains in good form and a crowd favourite at Old Trafford, but Alex Ferguson remains resistant to the idea of paying thirty-two million pounds to secure his services full time, perhaps justified given that he is often selected amongst the substitutes.

However, whichever way you feel about the relative merits of Tevez and Berbatov, you have to admire United’s nerve, if some newspaper reports are on the money. Those respected journalists over at The Sun reckon that United are cooking up a plot to sign Tevez on a free transfer, in an attempt to use the complicated situation whereby he is ‘owned’ by investment company MSI to their advantage. If it comes off, it will be one hell of a coup, but I have a sneaky feeling it could backfire on them…

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FA Cup Weekend: 4 Conclusions from Rounds 5 & 6

09.03.09
Everton show great spirit to overcome a resilient Middlesborough.

Everton show great spirit to overcome a resilient Middlesborough.

1. Emmanuel Who?
For me, Emmanuel Adebayor has been chronically overrated for some time now, especially given the way he has performed, or not performed, this season. Add to that his transfer theatrics in the Summer and he’s probably not  endeared himself to the Arsenal faithful too much of late. Still, no matter, because in Eduardo and Carlos Vela they have a top notch strike partnership in the making. Eduardo’s commitment to Arsenal is plain by the way he fought back from his horrific injury and the fans love him, while Vela is young and hungry to prove himself. Add into the equation that they both know how to find the back of the net, as they showed emphatically against Burnley and you have to say, Arsenal would be better to get rid of their troublesome Togolese international come the Summer.

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