With a change in system at Manchester United under new manager Louis Van Gaal a lot of players will feel this is the time to make their mark, none more so than 20 year old Tyler Blackett. Whenever there is a new man at the helm, in any walk of life, in any profession, those under him generally feel that they have to start again, to prove to their boss that they deserve to be in his plans and can be counted upon at all times. This period can be quite unsettling for some of the old timers who could think that there is nothing for them to prove, but in the back of their minds they slowly realize that to make the cut they must deliver. But this kind of a change also offers an opportunity to two other groups. The first group is made up of the youngsters & the newcomers who finally have a chance to showcase […]

The Premier League kicked off this weekend and while there were not a lot of goals there was plenty of late drama. Yes, the World Cup was great with a lot of goals and the emergence of new superstars but nothing compares to watching the Premier League. And after 3 months one finally got to see some fast paced and end to end football. Manchester City, Arsenal & Chelsea ai??i?? 3 teams who along with Chelsea are looking to win the league this season got off to winning starts where as the reign of Louis Van Gaal got off to a nightmare start as Manchester United lost out to Swansea at Old Trafford. Louis Van Gaal faces a huge challenge After winning all 6 of their pre-season games Manchester United and new manager Louis Van Gaal must have been confident about getting a positive result at home against Swansea. In reality though, the situation turned out to be quite different, […]

Louis van Gaal has given youth a chance at every major coaching job he has landed. Will the Dutchman do the same for Jesse Lingard? . What do Patrick Kluivert, Clarence Seedorf, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta & Thomas Muller have in common? Well apart from being some of the finest footballers of their respective generations they were all made first team members by Louis van Gaal. The former Netherlands manager is a firm believer in promoting a rising star from the academy and many of Manchester Unitedai??i??s best young prospects must be drooling at the prospect of working under the Dutchman. Manchester United as a club as well is one of the few football institutions in the country who have historically allowed some of their younger talents to replace the established first team members. The mind quickly wanders back to the summer of 1995 when after securing the double of the Premier League and the FA Cup Sir Alex Ferguson […]

When Ecuador face Switzerland on the 15th of June at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha for their World Cup opener, the fans of this equatorial South American country will be hoping that Luis Antonio Valencia comes to the fore much like Garrincha did in the 1962 World Cup. In 1962 Pele entered the World Cup with Brazil, seemingly poised to win the championship on his own, but fate had other plans for this former Santos star. After a stellar opening game versus Mexico where he created one and scored the other, he injured his thigh in the second game and was ruled out of the tournament. In his absence Brazil turned to another one of their stars ai??i?? Garrincha. And Mane, as he was known by friends, made the World Cup his own and inspired the Selecao to glory. While some would call it blasphemous to compare Valencia to Garrincha and an average Ecuador side to a brilliant Brazilian team, […]