Manchester United are remarkably healthy for this time of year, especially when you consider they’re still alive in four different competitions, and all of that takes a toll. Tomorrow night they take on St. Etienne with a 3-0 advantage on aggregate. They’re in great position for advancing to the round of 16.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United are looking to continue their UEFA Europa League hot streak as they travel to St. Etiennne in the round of 32 Wednesday night. As you’ve already heard numerous times, this is the de facto Pogba Cup, as ASSE brings Florentin Pogba to Old Trafford where he’ll square off against his brother Paul Pogba.
United entire the second leg up 3-0 and almost certain to advance to the round of 16.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United are looking to continue their UEFA Europa League hot streak as they visit St. Etiennne in the round of 32 Wednesday night. As you’ve already heard numerous times, this is the de facto Pogba Cup, as ASSE and Florentin Pogba host his brother Paul Pogba.
United won the Old Trafford leg 3-0, and so the Red Devils can pretty much coast in this one, and they’ll reach the UEL round of 16. United are also in line to potentially win a “plastic treble” (here’s more on that).Follow paulmbanks
Chelsea may have already wrapped up the Premier League title, at least their previous manager, Jose Mourinho thinks so. If and when the Blues wrap up the league, our attention will then shift to the summer transfer window. Right now Monaco forward Bernardo is a hot Chelsea transfer rumor circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world.
Hey, it’s never too early to talk about the summer window! The Portugese wing/No. 10 role may be the next player to see both Manchester United and Chelsea compete for his services.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United aren’t winning the league title this season. Chelsea are claiming that trophy, just as United and former Blues Manager Jose Mourinho, he’ll tell ya the same. The Red Devils can win three other trophies however. On Saturday March 11th, the two teams previously mentioned will clash in the FA Cup Quarterfinals.
United currently hold that specific title, the only trophy won during the two year Louis van Gaal era. On Wednesday, United will take on ASSE in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie. United went up 3-0 in the first leg, and their chances of advancing are obviously almost certain.Follow paulmbanks
As the Illini basketball season winds down, there’s only one topic on everybody’s mind- who will replace Head Coach John Groce.
Last week we did a piece exploring five potential replacements and since we published it, everybody and their brother (aside from the BTN, as that’s a marketing/promotional tool of the league where alternative facts reign) who covers, or even follows this team has written an Illini basketball head coaching candidates piece.
There’s currently a raging bull market for discussion on this topic as thus we commence our sequel- “six more Illini basketball head coaching candidates.”Follow paulmbanks
There is an entire website devoted simply to the current amount required to buyout Indiana basketball Coach Tom Crean. As tomcreanbuyout.com tells us, that amount is currently $4,000,000,000; and on July 1, 2017, the sum drops to $1,000,000.
The fact that a URL of this sort even exists, tells you what a strong level of discontent is present within the Hoosier nation.
Dick Vitale’s unprofessional info-mercials for Crean while he was calling the Purdue-Indiana telecast is yet another indicator that Crean could be nearing the end of his rope. This Indiana basketball team is 15-12, 5-9 in the league, with an RPI of 90.Follow paulmbanks
The FA Cup quarterfinal draws were made public today with Manchester United versus Chelsea FC the headliner fixture. Funny how all these draws always yield the easiest match-ups for creating the perfect narratives, isn’t it?
This dual is obviously the Jose Mourinho Cup as the Portugese leads his current club against the one that sacked him in December of 2015. Mourinho is known for being a master tactician, and for sometimes playing elaborate mind games with his opponents. Whenever polls are taken of this sort regarding managers and their personalities, you’ll usually see Mourinho’s name near the top of the list.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola has had it up to here with all the bashing of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman’s future at the club is still in doubt, and while he may be able to still determine his own destiny, the backlash against him is very strong. #WengerOut has been a popular hash tag for some time, and the media are piling on too.
There always seems to be another pundit calling for Wenger’s dismissal seemingly every other week.Follow paulmbanks
Former Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp said last week that Spurs midfielder Dele Alli is worth more than Paul Pogba. If Alli does hit the open market, I guess we’ll find out if that’s true or not. Pogba, the world’s most expensive player, returned to Manchester United this past summer for a transfer deal worth £89.3 million, or $115 million or 103 million Euros.
In any currency, it’s a TON of money. #Pogback was no doubt a HUGE deal, but if the French national teammate and friend of Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, leaves Atletico Madrid for United this summer the record could be broken again.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United, the current holders of the FA Cup, advanced past Blackburn Rovers 2-1 today on the strength of goals from Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The fifth round triumph sets them up to take on Chelsea FC, the current leaders of the Premier League, in what will be the marquee fixture in the round of eight.
The FA Cup draws have been held, and made public, with still two more slots to be determined in the quarter-finals. The field of 10 will be whittled down to eight.Follow paulmbanks