Will Jose Prove He’s The Special One At United?

We all knew it was coming just minutes after Louis van Gaal delivered the FA Cup, but I managed to bite my tongue until the deal was confirmed. Anyway, I’m sure every Manchester United fan (and non-MUFC fans to be fair) have their opinions. Here’s mine…

I’ll admit, I have always hated Jose. I’ve slated him on multiple occasions and took great joy in seeing him flail last season. But that hatred was born out of envy. It’s not too dissimilar to the way our rivals hated Sir Alex Ferguson; if he’d been their manager, they’d have loved him.

Fickle? Yes. Hypocritical? Definitely. Sod it, that’s a football fan’s prerogative.

Mourinho’s ethos arguably doesn’t sit in with the Manchester United philosophy. But I don’t think the young players have to be too worried as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial should still get game time. Nevertheless, Mourinho won’t be as eager to bed in the youngsters. Right now, though, that’s probably a positive.

Manchester United need quick results. Failure to qualify for the Champions League season is a major setback but we can overcome that one. But it cannot afford to happen for a third time in four years; if it does, we’ll be in major danger of becoming the next Liverpool. Mourinho’s influence should prevent that from happening, though, which is at least one reason to think he’ll be a success.

If nothing else, the Special One has an aura that befits Manchester United. He is one of the great managers while we are one of the great clubs. In theory, it could be a match made in heaven. It will be difficult with Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all holding genuine aspirations. However, there’s no reason for a club like MUFC to be frightened of anyone. As long as we take the bull by the horns, as Mourinho should, this club can work its way back to the top.

I’m glad that Van Gaal delivered a trophy as his tenure wasn’t all doom and gloom. Having said that, Mourinho should be a step in the right direction. If nothing else, it should be exciting at the Theatre of Dreams next season.


This Is How Manchester United Can Win The FA Cup Final

The 2015/16 campaign has undoubtedly been one of the most frustrating that I’ve ever seen at Old Trafford; we missed out on the top four, dropped out of two European competitions in equally humiliating circumstances, and have somehow managed to play an even worse brand of football than the David Moyes era.

But it’s not all doom of gloom. Winning the FA Cup would at least bring a return to silverware, which is something a club of Manchester United’s status demands. Personally, I don’t think it will be an easy task against Crystal Palace. However, I do think we’ll do it.

The bookies think we’ll win, as do the professional tipsters. If we are going to do it, we need to play to our strengths. Defensive solidarity has been a key feature all season, and containing Palace in the middle should be easy. The real issue will be stopping former Red Wilfried Zaha; do this, and David De Gea should be in for a relatively easy afternoon’s work.

Going forward, it has to be a case of Wayne Rooney dictating from a deep position like he did against Bournemouth. As long as we can free up the young lads in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the final third, they will cause damage.

This is a massive occasion for both clubs, but I’d argue that we need this victory more than Palace. The pressure is on, but we cannot afford to let the event overrule us. Play the opponent, and we should be just fine. After all, we took four points off of them in the league without conceding.

Even if we do life the trophy for the first time in 12 years, though, it is time for LVG to go.


Euro 2016: Best Betting Markets

As a casino manager, I’m not going to suggest that sports betting is my specialty. Nonetheless, we all love a punt when the big football tournaments arrive; Euro 2016 is no different.

I’m not going to give full out betting selections. After all, your predictions are probably just as reliable as mine. If you’re really after tips, you’re best looking at other sites. I’ve obviously mentioned TVBet in the past, but there are others out there too. Anyway, I won’t be posting actual tips.

However, I do believe certain markets are more important than others. Here are the ones I’d look out for…

Top Team Goalscorer

In this bet, your basically backing a player to lead his country’s scoring charts. No longer do you have to fear about an early exit ruining your Golden Boot selection; the only thing that can upset your hopes is the possibility of an injury.

Dead heat rules apply on this coupon too, which is great. So if your player is a joint-leading scorer, you’ll still win (just at smaller odds). I’m not gonna pick out players, but you’d certainly fancy Ronaldo to top Portugal’s and Bale to top Wales. Chuck in four or five selections, and you could see a massive return.

Corner Handicap

Football is a funny old game. You can’t always legislate for random outcomes in matches, not least in international tournaments. However, you can often tell when a team is going to dominate.

The corner handicap is brilliant when you think a team will batter their opponents for 90 minutes. Even in a game that’s suspected to be one-sided, the handicap is often set at around -3 or -4. If the team you’re backing dominates as expected, you’ll have a fantastic chance of winning.

Late Goals

This one is mainly for the knockouts. However, when a game is 1-0, 2-1 etc, there’s always a great opportunity to win some added profit. All you need to do is back a late goal.

Whilst the losing team chases an equaliser, they’ll often leave themselves exposed at the back too. One way or the other, it’s a great chance for goals. It’s one for the in-play, but it’s the Euro’s; it’s not like you won’t be watching anyway. Back the late goals in those tight knockout battles, and you should win more than you lose.


Rashford For England!

Yes, yes, yes! I know I’m Manchester United bias, but I’m so glad the young lad has been included. Marcus Rashford is a future star for England, and I seriously hope he takes Europe by storm in France.

Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene at Euro 2004 aged just 17; Michael Owen wasn’t much older when he hit THAT goal against Argentina at World Cup ‘98. OK, Walcott didn’t get the chance at World Cup ‘06 while some of the youngsters flopped at World Cup 2014 (although the experience will have helped them greatly). But England has a good recent history of youngsters excelling in the attacking third, and Rashford could fit the bill perfectly.

Club sides might know all about Rashford, but international rivals won’t. Admittedly, he’s never going to be an unknown entity. But nations will have far more difficulty preparing for him than someone like Walcott. Roy Hodgson deserves massive respect for the shock inclusion, especially after months of playing down those chances.

The boy is something special. His pace and composure would make him a tremendous option for the bench. I just hope he makes the final 23.


The Stone Roses Are Releasing A New Song Tonight!

After nearly 20 years, it’s finally happening. The Stone Roses are releasing a new song tonight at 8PM!

I don’t know how else to put it: this is the one I’ve waited for!

Of course, as a Manchester United fan, This Is the One has provided the musical backdrop to many great moments in my life. It is the pre-game anthem, and I can’t wait to hear what the Mancunian band has in store for us tonight.

I managed to watch them in 2012. I’m going again this summer. But never in a million years did I imagine new material. From the outside at least, it looks as though Ian Brown and co are finally on the same page.

After the disappointing Second Coming, I’m hoping this new resurrection will deliver what I wanted to hear as a youngster. I’ll concede that I was a little young for the hype of their debut album. But I caught the back end of their original run, including the infamous bust up. My love of the band evolved as I grew older, and I’m ready to totally smash it this time. Tonight could be the start of something special.

Please lads, I’m Begging You not to let us down.