As United prepare to kick-off their European campaign against Benfica, THT looks back at the significance of this dual for the Red Devils. United have shared the best and the worst moments in Europe with the Portuguese giants. TheHardTackle looks back at 3 of the most important clashes between Man United and Benfica.

The leaders march on, Boro remain unbeaten, a thriller at Upton Park and two of the strugglers finally get off the mark. These and more are featured in TheHardTackle’s Top 6 highlights from Round 6 of the Championship: ——————– Brighton and Southampton march on Early season pacesetters Brighton and Southampton both continued their impressive starts to the season with victories at the weekend. Gus Poyet’s men ground out a 1-0 win with Ashley Barnes’ fourth goal of the season proving decisive. Bristol City’s former England goalkeeper David James performed heroics to keep the league leaders at bay, saving superbly from Craig Noone and Craig Mackail-Smith. But, with ten minutes to go, he was finally beaten when Barnes netted from close range. With ex-Spain international Vicente still to come into the Seagulls’ team, Gus Poyet’s men have made a splendid start to the season. Southampton added to Steve McClaren’s woes as a Rickie Lambert hat-trick gave the Saints a 3-2 win […]

Three Lions Special Feature – England National Team: Euro 2012 Tactics Examined

TheHardTackle's Guest Author Jonny "Lanky Guy" Mullins writes about the tactics Fabio Capello employed and struggled with when the England National Team took on Bulgaria and Wales and came away with very different results.

Roberto Mancini’s Well-Oiled Manchester City Team Is All But Complete

The emphatic drubbing of Spurs suggests City's transformation from the big spending pretenders to genuine Premier League title challengers is all but complete, and a cap must be doffed toward the direction of Mr Mancini for sticking to his principles, despite staunch criticism and the undoubted temptation to please, during what has been a transitional period for the club.

English Premier League will be back after the international break, and the fans, who have been waiting with bated breath for the league to resume, will have some joy at last! TheHardTackle previews each and every encounter from England's top flight. What could be the major talking points - Joey Barton's QPR debut against Newcastle or Arsenal's new signings taking the league by storm?