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Doron Salomon

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Doron Salomon is a writer for Stretford-End.com and a keen follower of Man United's Reserve and Academy teams. His ramblings and various football related statistics can be found on Twitter at @DoronSalomon

Arsenal's Summer Business Needed More Than a Mesut Ozil

Making sense of Arsenal's transfer window takes some doing. The late purchase of Mesut Ozil sparked scenes of delirium outside the Emirates, among the first team squad and on social networks. Rightly so too, you can make a good argument that Wenger has never signed a player of such a standing in the world game before - rather than becoming top class whilst at Arsenal, he's already there.
05/09/2013 17:41 BST

Are Chelsea the Champions League's Worst Defending Champions?

Today, Chelsea sit fourth in the league and in all likelihood will cling onto that place or better for the remainder of the season. It's mathematically possible for them to be champions still but a gap of 19 points to United with 10 games to go would require miracles of Red Sea proportions to make that happen.
14/03/2013 17:52 GMT

Rio Ferdinand and the Concept of 'Age'

Ferdinand's fragile body is susceptible to injury and for that reason he almost certainly won't last as long as Giggs, Scholes or any of the age-defying centre backs of the last 10 years. But when fit, he remains a valuable asset for United.
05/10/2012 13:55 BST

Ryan Giggs -The End Can't Be Far Off

Arguably, the biggest challenge that faces a footballer is knowing when to stop. In some cases, the decision is made for them but it's more common for the player to make that call.
14/09/2012 01:26 BST

Don't Compare Olympians and Footballers

It's that time of the four year cycle that Olympic athletes get compared to our more regular, familiar, stars. As comparisons go, it's hugely unfair. Predominantly it's footballers, but the prima donna attitude of other stars such as Kevin Pietersen has seen sportsmen in a whole variety of disciplines compared too.
07/08/2012 13:53 BST

English Reality - Not Rubbish But Shouldn't Win It

The thing with England and football, is that we're prone to erraticism. Rarely are we satisfied with our national side and seldom do we expect realistic achievements. Usually this is because a familiar process happens: 'we won a game, going to win the tournament' ...'oh we've not won it, we're rubbish after all'.
20/06/2012 15:01 BST

Bitesize Reviews of 15 Players Over 365 Days

"Just enjoy watching them, most won't be here in a few years" - words said by Ian, a long-time United Reserves/Academy watcher, to me. The FA Youth Cup winning 2010/11 team got people excited not just because they won the competition but because they were, by some distance, the best young side in the country.
12/06/2012 08:57 BST

Why Hodgson Should Have Fought Harder for Carrick

For nearly a year I've been harangued on Twitter by an account dedicated to attempting to point out and prove that Carrick is sh*t. It's been an amusing journey and experience, for I think, and always have thought, that Carrick is a very reliable and good footballer. Needless to say, that a year after its creation the account has a very low follower count.
25/05/2012 11:42 BST

United's Kids Only Know How to Win

It's all too easy for a football fan to be dismissive of their club's Reserves team - after all, the perception that fans have today about young players is something along the lines of 'if they're 18/19 and not in the first team then they can't be any good'.
11/05/2012 14:59 BST

Michael Owen Should Get a New Deal - Now Shoot Me

No transfer has ever had more of the Glazers about it than Owen to United (unless you know of and believe the intricacies and reasoning behind the Bebe deal). It seems absurd that I'm even contemplating this but signing Owen on for another year may well be important for the club's future strikers and seems likely to happen.
24/04/2012 17:20 BST

The Need to Unleash and Appreciate Rooney

The assumption with Rooney is that he has to do something special to remind people of his talent - the overhead kick against City or a hat-trick at Bolton for example. Has he truly fulfilled the potential he once showed? Potentially, but not necessarily in the way people expected.
13/04/2012 22:43 BST

Are Man United Finally Set for a Midfield Star Signing?

United, for all their criticism, have a rather complete and strong squad. So much so, that if every team in the league had to field a fully changed, 'second XI', United's would almost certainly represent the strongest (I'm sure City fans would debate that).
28/03/2012 11:51 BST