Rewind: Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal: 1999 FA Cup Semi-Final

The last ever replay match played in FA cup history had everything; a disallowed goal, missed chances, a sending off, an injury time penalty, and one of the most brilliant goals ever scored; and to think of it this match could have been avoided had Roy Keane’s goal in the original had not been wrongly chalked off for offside.  This was not just a semi-final match, but a match between Manchester United FC and Arsenal FC, two rivals competing for the title of Champion of England. Backdrop The previous season Arsenal FC lifted the premier league title by overhauling Manchester United’s eleven point lead in Arsene Wenger’s first full season as manager of Arsenal. Wenger became the first non-British manager to win the title league in England.  Few days later Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 2-0 to lift the FA cup, thus becoming only the second team after Manchester United to win a second double in English football. During the early […] Read more »


Arsenal vs. Manchester United: “Arsenal have the Edge” | Rival Rendezvous

For the first time in a long time, Manchester United and Arsenal meet in a match where neither side have a real chance at winning the English Premier League. Instead, this fixture features two teams in transition, still trying to figure out how to execute their manager’s vision (Manchester United) or trying to figure out how they want to play (Arsenal). With these two big English clubs in the positions that they are in, going into this match, it seemed appropriate for an Arsenal fan and a Manchester United fan to discuss the two clubs. Here, we have Naveen Maliakkal (@njm1211), an Arsenal fan, and Girish Nerkar (@NerkarGirish), a Manchester United fan, ask and answer some important questions about the two teams that dominated the English Premier League at the beginning of the millennium. Naveen will start the question-asking, looking to gain some insight on Manchester United from Girish. NM: What do you think of Louis van Gaal as a manager? […] Read more »

Vicente Del Bosque - Spain manager |

La Roja back on the right track

After the disastrous performance in the 2014 World Cup, it seems like Spain have left the bitter past behind and are back to winning ways. The Spanish team that played the World Cup gave a performance that was well below expectations. Stalwarts like Xavi, Iniesta, Casillas and Alonso received a lot of flak for failing to produce the magic they usually did wearing the red colours of their national team. Manager Vicente Del Bosque also was not spared as many called for the former Real Madrid manager to hang up his boots despite Spain having won 3 consecutive major international competitions under Del Bosque. The ghosts of the 2014 World Cup have been buried deep in the past now and there seems to be a new spurt of energy in the Spain dressing room. Despite people calling for his retirement, Del Bosque decided to honour his contract which runs until the end of Euro 2016. Xavi and Alonso, who are […] Read more »