Championship Starlet A Step Closer To Premier League Move?

Fulham’s teenage star Ryan Sessegnon is reportedly edging closer to a move to a Premier League giant.

The 17 year old has recently changed his agent and it is believed to be a move that could improve his chances of securing a move away from Craven Cottage with reports suggesting Manchester United and Tottenham are interested. 

He and twin brother Steven have both signed with USM who also look after Harry Kane amongst others. 

The youngster burst onto the scene for the cottagers last season, making his debut aged just 16 years and 81 days. He has since gone onto make 53 first team appearances, scoring 11 goals. He plays on the left as either a left back or left winger.

During the summer he was part of the England Under 19 squad that victoriously won the Euro U19s Championship. He finished joint top goal scorer with 3 goals

Reports have suggested Fulham could ask for a fee of around ¬£50m for the youngster who has been likened to Gareth Bale. 


Have United Fans Had Enough Of The Mourinho Mentality? 

Manchester United seemingly bounced back from Sunday’s Manchester derby defeat last night with a win at Old Trafford against Bournemouth

However, not everybody that supports the red half of Manchester was satisfied with the overall performance. Romelu Lukaku’s first half goal clinched the 3 points, but the lack of attacking prowess, as United only managed 2 shots on target thoughout the 90 minutes has left some with an axe to grind. 

It’s not the first time the Portuguese tactician has been called into question during his time in the Old Trafford hotseat. 

Many have questioned they are not ‘Playing the United way’… Eeking out odd goal victories amid a ‘backs to the wall’ performance is a million miles away from the free flowing entertaining title winning football served up under the tender of the great Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Mourinho out brigade are slowly starting to rear their heads, but it’s fair to say that with the size of United’s worldwide fan base, what might seem like a vocal section of discontent is actually just a small minority of keyboard warriors. 

Or is there more to it? What is the mood like on the Stretford End? Many may share the notion that all in all it’s the points that matter. Even if we do want to be entertained we can’t always get the wish to be engrossed in a free flowing comfortable victories. On the other hand some would argue they pay enough money and would expect a certain level of entertainment.

Overall, is the criticism unfair or does Jose need to change things? 

United do sit 2nd in the premier and have scored 37 goals. Which is the 2nd most. It’s hard to use Manchester City’s form as a yardstick as their season has been extraordinary so far. 

There have been games where United have convincingly dispatched teams and scored 3 or 4 goals. However the Mourinho out camp would argue there have been more games where United have sat back and negatively held on by the skin of their teeth or approached games from the off with the plan to ‘shut up shop’

So what’s it to be? Happy to scrap for the points by whatever means? Or the need to be satisfyingly entertained? 

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2017/18 Premier League Fixtures Announced 

The moment football fans worldwide have been waiting for….The Premier fixtures have been announced.

Last season’s champions Chelsea face Burnley meanwhile newly promoted Newcastle entertain Tottenham, Brighton entertain Man City and  Huddersfield travel to Crystal Palace.

Opening weekend…

  • Arsenal v Leicester
  • Brighton v Manchester City
  • Chelsea v Burnley
  • Crystal Palace v Huddersfield
  • Everton v Stoke
  • Manchester United v West Ham
  • Newcastle v Tottenham
  • Southampton v Swansea
  • Watford v Liverpool
  • West Brom v Bournemouth

All fixtures can be found on the Premier League official site

Who Will Take Stock And Make The Friends Arena Feel Like A Home From Holm?

The Europa League has been much maligned in recent years as it’s big more illustrious brother with the big ears takes all the attention. This year However, we have a heavyweight clash as Ajax take on Manchester United. The winner also now qualifies for next season’s champions league.

United have had a somewhat difficult season but having already won the league cup they will be desperate to end the season on a high. Especially as winning the Europa League is now a route to the Champions League after they finished 6th in the Premier League this campaign. The Red devils started their journey when they were drawn in group A. They faced Fenerbache, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk and finished 2nd to comfortably make it through to the round of 32. They then defeated St Etienne 4-0 on aggregate before facing FC Rostov. A tight tie saw United clinch a quarter final spot 2-1. The quarter finals brought Anderlect as their next opponents. The red devils were again given a tough couple of games, but won the tie 3-2. Onto the Semi Finals and United faced Spaniards Celta VigoDespite being given a fright late in the 2nd leg, United reached Stockholm thanks to a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Ajax have certainly underachieved in recent years on a European level and they will want to show the rest of Europe that Dutch football is on the up. They last won a continental trophy back in 1992 and that was this trophy under it’s old name The UEFA Cup. Lancieri started this seasons campaign in group G alongside Celta Vigo, Standard Liege and Panithinaikos. They successfully topped the group. They then beat Legia Warsaw 1-0, FC Copenhagen 3-2, after losing the away leg 2-1, Schalke 4-3 after going down to 10 men, they scored a dramatic 120th minute winner and then defeat Lyon 5-4 on aggregate after a comprehensive 4-1 home 1st leg victory.

United have taken a 23 man squad with Rojo, Young, Ibrahimovic and share injured. Also Baily is suspended. Smalling is facing a fight to be fully fit.

Squad: Romero, De Gea, Pereira, Valencia, Tuanzebe, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Mitchell, Smalling, Darmian, Blind, Herrera, Carrick, Mkhitaryan, McTominay, Harrop, Martial, Rashford, Rooney

Ajax have Nick Viergiver suspended and Daley Sinkgraven injured, but other than that appear full strength.

Squad: Onana, Boer, Alblas, Tete, Veltman, Sanchez, Westermann, de Ligt, Riedewald, Klaassen, Schone, de Jong, Ziyech, van de Beek, Nouri, Neres, Traore, Younes, Dolberg, Kluivert.

So who will leave victorious?

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On This Day….. 22nd Of May

Footballing moments to happen on this date in years gone by.

  • 1963 – A.C. Milan defeated Benfica 2-1 in the European Cup Final at Wembley. Portuguese legend Eusebio gave Benfica the lead at half time, but an Altafini 2nd half double saw the rossineri take the cup with the big ears back to Milan for the 1st time.
  • Aberdeen recorded a famous victory against Rangers to win the Scottish Cup. Led by Alex Ferguson, the Dons fell a goal down to the gers after 15 minutes from a goal by McDonald. However, they equalized before the break thanks to McLeish. The game remained that way and finished 1-1 after 90 minutes. In extra time Aberdeen took control and goals from McGhee, Strachan and Cooper completed a resounding 4-1 victory and the cup was heading back to Pittodrie.


  • 1982 – FA Cup Final. Tottenham and QPR drew 1-1 at Wembley AET. The game finished goalless after 90 minutes but goals from Hoddle first for Spurs. And then an equaliser from Fenwick. The replay saw Tottenham victorious as they retained the trophy after a 1-0 win.
  • 1999 – Manchester United faced Newcastle United in the FA Cup Final. The red devils emerged victorious 2-0 thanks to goals from Sherringham and Scholes.
  • 2010 – Champions League Final. A Jose Mourinho led Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich 2-0. Milito scored both goals for the Italians at The Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid.
  • 2010 – Championship Playoff final. Blackpool defied all odds by reaching the Premier League thanks to a 3-2 victory against Cardiff. All 5 goals came in the 1st half. Cardiff led twice through Chopra and Lesley only to be pegged back by Adam and Taylor-Fletcher. Ormerod then struck the winner on the stroke of half time.

Goals, Goals, Goals and even more Goals

The last weekend of the Premier League season has passed us by and it was one that gave us plenty of goals. 

The most were seen at the KCOM as Tottenham stuffed Hull City 7-1. Harry Kane got a hatrick and therefore claimed the Golden Boot. At Stamford Bridge the title winning party was in full swing. John Terry playing his final game at home was given a rousing reception as he left the field to a guard of honour appropriately in the 26th minute( his shirt number) Chelsea surprisingly went behind early on, but got back in devastating fashion to win 5-1. Man City looking to confirm a Champions League spot convincingly beat Watford 5-0. Largely thanks to a Sergio Aguero double. Also hoping to confirm a top 4 spot were Liverpool. The reds beat relegated Middlesbrough 3-0. Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 despite having Koscielny sent off early on, but celebrations were muted somewhat after they failed to qualify for the Champions League. There is small consolation of a Europa League spot though. Their opponents will join them in the competition next season.

Elsewhere, Manchester United got ready for their big night in Stockholm with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace with youngster Josh Harrop opening the scoring.  Swansea ended their season on a high with a 2-1 win against West Brom, Leicester and Bournemouth shared the points after Stanislas had given the cherries a 1st minute lead. Peter Crouch scored the only goal of Stokes win at Southampton and West Ham finished on a high note with an Ayew winner in a 2-1 victory at Burnley.

Overall most issues had already been decided and the final league table shows the joy and pain felt by all the club’s as the curtain comes down on another wonderful season of Premier League football.

On This Day….

A look back at footballing events on this day.

  • 1967 – Tottenham and Chelsea met in the FA Cup Final. Spurs through Robertson and Saul took a 2 goal lead before Tambling netted a late consolation for the blues. The lilywhites lifting the cup after a 2-1 victory.
  • 1987 UEFA Cup Final 2nd leg. Dundee United 1 Gothenburg 1. A draw for the Swedes clinched the tie 2-1 on aggregate.
  • 1989 – Scottish Cup Final. Joe Miller’s goal for Celtic took the cup back to Parkhead in a 1-0 win over rivals Rangers.
  • 1989 – A Merseyside derby Cup Final was extremely fitting in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster. An emotional day ended with the reds defeating their blue neighbours 3-2 AET. Liverpool led early through Aldridge, but McCall scored a late equaliser to take it to extra time. Rush have the reds the lead again only for McCall to once again draw Everton level. Rush was then on the scoresheet again to take the cup back to Anfield.
  • 1995 – FA Cup Final Everton upset the odds to beat Manchester United 1-0. The goal came from Paul Rideout in the 30th minute in what is the toffees last FA Cup win.