Jose Mourinho gambled everything on the Europa League last season and it paid off. Manchester United’s football excited precisely nobody but that won’t have bothered the manager. The world’s most expensive squad may not have competed for the title but they earned their way back to the Champions League regardless.
His first major success last term then can be said to have been dampening down expectations to such an extent that supporters felt finishing the season in sixth place and with the Europa League title represented success. Read the rest of this entry
The 2017-18 campaign has been ongoing for months for some of Europe’s top-flights, meaning the race for the European Golden Shoe has already started.
While Cork City’s Sean Maguire and Albert Prosa of Estonian side FCI Thallinn are currently leading the pack with 20 and 19 goals respectively, they are unlikely to remain there for long as the continent’s big-guns prepare for their big kick-off. Read the rest of this entry
Whether they are fighting to retain a crown, or desperately intent on salvaging some pride after losing to their friends last season, virtual coaches will be looking at every possible way to maximise their points return when the season kicks off in August. Read the rest of this entry
Agents wield a huge influence in modern football. Much of the power has been taken away from the clubs and handed to the players as multi-million deals are brokered through transfers and new contracts.
And two of these so-called super agents are ahead of the rest. With numerous clients apiece, Mino Raiola and Jorge Mendes could build an entire squad and, once again, the Italian-born representative and the Portuguese are very much in the headlines this summer. Read the rest of this entry
Lukaku swapped Everton for Premier League giants United in a deal reportedly worth £75 million and the 24-year-old is already off the mark for his new club – scoring in the 2-1 pre-season win over Real Salt Lake on Monday. Read the rest of this entry
The attacking midfielder was unveiled as a Bayern Munich player on Wednesday, joining on a two-year loan from Real Madrid that will cost the Bavarians €5 million per season.
That means that, to date, James has now changed clubs five times for a grand total of €140.1m, Read the rest of this entry
Lukaku, 24, fills a gap for United, and leaves a hole at the Toffees, but there is only one clear winner in this deal. Read the rest of this entry