Rishi Jain | Resident Writer

Rishi is a Human Resource Management professional working with Wipro Ltd. He is a Manchester United fan and covers The EPL & The Bundesliga.

Borussia Monchengladbach Vs Bayern Munich Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach Saturday, 5th December, 14:30 GMT **** The 2 most in form sides in Germany go head to head this Saturday in what is likely to be one of the most competitive fixtures in the Bundesliga this season. Borussia Monchengladbach are on a run of 23 points from the last nine games since Andre Schubert took over from Lucien Favre. Bayern Munich on the other hand have an even impressive record of 13 wins in the opening 14 matches this season. If things go to plan for Bayern which they almost always do in the Bundesliga then by the end of the week they could seal the Herbstmeisterschaft, the unofficial title for winning the first half of the season. Team News & Tactics Borussia Monchengladbach The Foals have historically been one of the tougher teams to beat for Bayern Munich, none more so than in the 70’s when they picked up 5 domestic league […]

Manchester United host PSV Eindhoven in the fifth round of the Champions League knowing that victory will seal a place in the coveted knock out stages. But Louis van Gaal’s men will also know that any other result will see the group split wide open especially with the Red Devils away to VfL Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven at home to CSKA Moscow in the last round of fixtures.

The last round of Premier League fixtures before the international break produced their fair share of drama and here TheHardTackle takes a look at the 5 major points from this weekend’s games. Arsenal show spirit against Tottenham Tottenham were much the better side against Arsenal on Sunday and probably deserved a win. That they only got a point in this latest edition of the North London derby was down to the resilience and character of Arsene Wenger’s men, two adjectives which are generally not used to describe Arsenal teams. This result will probably convince some of the more skeptical Gooners that their team can make a strong run for the title this year if their squad can stay clear of further injuries. The next four fixtures in the Premier League for Arsenal are West Brom, Norwich City, Sunderland & Aston Villa and if the Gunners can get maximum points from these games then a first title since the ‘Invincible’ season […]

Manchester United vs Sunderland Old Trafford, Manchester 26th September, 2015; 15:00 BST  **** This Manchester United side have some frailties and allied with the injuries in defence it is a wonder that they could be top of the Premier League at 17:00 BST on Saturday. Louis Van Gaal’s team enjoyed a decent workout against a second string Ipswich side in the Carling Cup in midweek and are strong favourites entering this match. Their opponents Sunderland are bottom of the league having lost four and drawn two of their opening six matches. After two years of just about managing to beat the drop, this could be the season when the Black Cats are demoted to the Championship. But if they want confidence ahead of a potentially daunting trip to Old Trafford they need to look back to May of 2014 when they won at The Theatre of Dreams thanks to a Sebastian Larsson strike. Team News & Tactics Manchester United The […]

As Manchester United look to consolidate their position among the top 4, manager Louis Van Gaal still has a lot of questions to answer. The Premier League season is still in its infancy, the Champions League has just begun, while the start of the other 2 cup competitions is on the horizon. But despite all the activity over the last two seasons, Manchester United still seem far from being a complete team. Few positions are overloaded with full internationals while others are crying out for replacements. Players are being played out of position and the feeling remains that Van Gaal is trying to put square pegs in round holes. Here, TheHardTackle looks at 3 prime areas for the Dutch tactician to ponder over. Shaw injury will unsettle the defence Many expected United to struggle defensively this season and the fact that they have not has been due to the rise of Chris Smalling and the return of Luke Shaw to his Southampton self. […]

“The great thing about the transfer window is that it is closed now,” well, this is what Louis Van Gaal is most probably thinking through the international break. But how did Manchester United fare in this window? TheHardTackle offers its take on all the wheelings and dealings over the last few months and how the current squad is shaping up.

Manchester United went to the top of the table following a goalless draw with Newcastle United at Old Trafford but they will struggle to mount a title challenge if their forward line continues to offer such insipid performances. 7 points from 3 games is a fairly decent result especially considering the slow starts Manchester United have been off to over the last couple of seasons. However, any and all of their title rivals be it Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal, could be expected to have scored 3 points in this match. This must surely be worrying for Louis Van Gaal. Steve McClaren, on the other hand, will be delighted after earning a point from this match. After their defeat against Swansea the Magpies looked like relegation contenders but after this showing McClaren can be expected to have the confidence to ensure a mid table finish for his team this season. Van Gaal is laying the defensive foundations All the headlines […]