Let's start in an unexpected way today. Just imagine how bad Sunderland against Burnley must have been to watch. 0-0 must have been the most guaranteed result of the day. It's nice to see Jermain Defoe back in the England squad though, if only as a reward for putting up with only being passed the ball about 25 times this season.
In my view now is the time to find a solution to help get these decisions right. Elevating pressure of the match officials, who remember currently have to make a decision after seeing an incident just once. So what's the likely hood of us seeing this in the not to distant future? Well the Football Association are currently in advanced talks to consider use video technology in some way, and have highlighted next seasons FA Cup as a potential competition to trial a video referee system.
For Manchester United and Memphis Depay, a permanent sale with a buy-back clause is the best scenario both parties could have wished for, while even Lyon have more control this way. The player has a fresh start somewhere new, and the club don't have to completely give up on a clearly talented individual that may still come good in time. All in all, buy-back clauses are only going to become more and more common.
Manchester United are set to reduce the capacity of Old Trafford by 2,400 to allow works to be completed to meet minimum standards for disabled fans.
Yes, while we may still only be in January, the magnitude of these games should not be understated. Even with almost a half of the season left to play, events at Anfield on Sunday may go a long way in shaping the title race.
The day after New Year's Day was a good day to be Chelsea and Antonio Conte. They didn't even need to play to come out of Monday as winners. Liverpoo...
So Manchester United were a matter of minutes plus a Michael Carrick ice-cream away from a terrible end to 2016. But on the birthday of Sir Alex Unit...
Given the circumstances and what recent history has shown is possible, it would have to be a fairly spectacular collapse from Chelsea and a serious charge from someone else for the Premier League trophy to end up anywhere other than Stamford Bridge in May 2017.
Disgraced former England manager Allardyce is rumoured to be off to China. It has nothing to do with the money though, right? He has learned his lesson on that one. The rumours that Rooney might be following him are getting louder. Rooney to China at the end of the season would have to spell the end of his England career and many would consider that the finest Christmas present he could give to the English game. Not me though, I'm a fan.
Marouane Fellaini is a Manchester United player and will continue to be so until the club decides otherwise. Until that time, he deserves the full support and respect from fans that every other member of the squad is automatically entitled to. Any 'fan' who can't do that doesn't deserve to support a club as special as United.
Goals! Goals everywhere! Well, on Saturday anyway. Watford and Everton showed Manchester City the way forward, the way forward being how to defend ...
Replacing Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be easy. Three years on from the Scots departure from Old Trafford and it still feels like there is a gaping hole at Manchester United. The charismatic Jose Mourinho is the latest manager who appears to be drowning under the enormous weight of expectation.
If you've been fortunate enough to miss the story, here's a quick recap: Wayne Rooney went out and got drunk. That's it. Seriously, that's it. There was no 'on the eve of a match' angle, he didn't do anything illegal, he didn't get frisky with anyone, he just... got drunk. A week before his next match.
In a land where it's possible to imagine that Messi will no longer be a Barcelona player just 18 months down the line, it seems fairly obvious (alright, semi-plausible if you think very wishfully) that he's destined for Manchester United when that time comes.
Ferguson was United, and United was Ferguson. United must now, in a sense, grow as a new club. Cherish the past, enjoy it, but don't twist those memories too far away from reality and expect the present and the future to match up.
Sunday marked the 30 year anniversary of Sir Alex Ferguson taking over at Manchester United. In the next 30 years Fergie made a lot of errors but, un...