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Stephen Vaughan
Writing primarily about football, MMA and boxing. Not adverse to poking my nose into less familiar territory every now then.

Five Possible Replacements For Michael Carrick At Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Michael Carrick of Manchester United reacts to his side winning, after the final whistle during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 26, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Michael Carrick has quietly gone about the business of winning trophies since being brought to Manchester United by Alex Ferguson over a decade ago. Nothing phases the Geordie midfielder, not even taking Roy Keane’s shirt number. His metronomic passing, game intelligence and ability to screen his back four effectively have been a cornerstone of United since he arrived at the …

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Manchester United’s Defensive Midfield Frailties Cannot Be Hidden By 3-0 Win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United keeps his eye on the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford on February 11, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United all but booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-0 win over French side Saint-Etienne, courtesy of a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick. United played well on the night but gave away some decent chances through lack of concentration and sloppy defending. Michael Carrick missed the game with a slight muscle injury …

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The Evolution Of Arjen Robben: From Eredivisie Prospect To World-Class Winger

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 15: Arjen Robben of FC Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Arsenal FC at Allianz Arena on February 15, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Marc Mueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Arjen Robben was instrumental in Bayern Munich’s 5-1 Champions League drubbing of Arsenal on Wednesday night.  The Dutchman scored a trademark curling left-footed screamer after cutting inside from his starting position on the right wing. Despite a raft of injuries, Robben has been at the pinnacle of the European game for almost 20 years, and over time he has adapted his …

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Arsenal Crushed In Humiliatingly Predictable Fashion By Bayern

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 15: Injured Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny leaves the pitch during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Arsenal FC at Allianz Arena on February 15, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Pressure will inevitably start to mount on Arsene Wenger again after Wednesday night’s Champions League capitulation away to Bayern Munich. Bayern were favorites for both the match (and the tie overall) but Arsenal were expected to at the very least make it competitive. They managed to do so for just 45 minutes. In fact, in the opening half, it was Arsenal …

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Opinion: Barcelona Are In Need Of Major Surgery

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 14: L-R) Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona react after conceding a goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona at Parc des Princes on February 14, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

After last night’s 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint Germain, Barcelona will need to pull off the greatest comeback in Champion’s League history to progress further in this season’s competition. Having been completely blown away by Unai Emery’s side the likelihood of Barcelona even making the tie competitive again is remote. Barcelona have been at the pinnacle of the European game …

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Opinion: Daley Blind Is Out Of Time At Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Daley Blind of Manchester United during the EFL Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 26, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

When Louis Van Gaal brought Daley Blind to Manchester United on the back of their successful Dutch World Cup campaign in 2014 there was a sense that United were getting a real player. Raised under the tutelage of the famous Ajax academy, a club his father Danny represented magnificently throughout a glittering career, Blind had real pedigree. He first caught …

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