Didier Drogba has been speaking ahead of the Manchester United v Chelsea clash on Sunday and believes the tables have turned since he first arrived in England. It's now United's turn to catch up with Chelsea.
If you had been asked fifteen months ago to picture the scenario United find themselves in at the moment, you wouldn't believe it.
Sunday's 4pm kick off sees Louis Van Gaal's first encounter against any of last season's top four. Van Gaal has claimed that he still believes his Manchester United side can catch Chelsea at the top of the table this season, but anything other than a win this Sunday would put a serious dent in Van Gaal's hopes.
3 To See: El Clasico, Manchester United v Chelsea and the derby of eternal enemies is a post from: Just Football
The biggest club fixture in the world will be given some extra bite this weekend by the most anticipated debut of the season, but it's far from the only grudge match taking place in Europe, with Greece's biggest derby also joining El Clasico on the agenda.
When Manchester United hosted Chelsea last season, on a balmy Monday night in August, David Moyes' men arrived into the fixture on the back of an impressive 4-1 win away at Swansea and while the turgid stalemate that followed against the Blues was hardly exciting, it definitely did not provide any indications about the shamble that would unfold in the following months.
Jose Mourinho to deploy Andre Schurrle as False nine against Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ahead of Sunday's blockbuster encounter against Manchester United Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has to deal with the lack of striking options in his squad. The Blues are expected to be without Diego Costa and Loic Remy and reports from Guardian hint that Andre Schurrle could start up front at Old Trafford.
Liverpool target already in Manchester, medical next week - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool have been reportedly keeping a close tab on former Barcelona goal keeper Victor Valdes for the past few months. First choice goal keeper Simon Mignolet has had cut a frustrating figure and it was believed that Liverpool might sign a new goal keeper to replace him in January.
It's not like them to get involved with this kind of thing, but the BBC Sport team have produced a little Mario Balotelli-themed game of Snakes & Ladders and posted it on their website for fans to cut out and keep.
Perfect for passing the time on long car journeys perhaps on the way to your local women's correctional facility, for example?
What would be a good haul of points for Arsenal at the end of the first round of Premier League fixtures? by SE Arsenal, having garnered just 11 points from their first 8 Premier League games, look like a side that has its task cutout to finish in the top 4 at the end of [...]
Arsenal seem to be operating under Murphy's Law at the moment, which states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And with the defensive side of the Arsenal squad being the weakest right now, of course that means that Laurent Koscielny has now added even further to the problems, as reported by Sky [.
It's a crime against nature we know, but Robert Pires was allegedly "beaten" and punched in his beautiful, beautiful face by an opposing coach during a half-time barney mid-way througha recentIndian Super League.
Pires' coach at FC Goa, Zico, has told press that the French veteran was struck in the faceby Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas as the two teams funnelled into the tunnel at the interval.
Will Ramsey's return bring about a change in Arsenal's fortunes? by SE Aaron Ramsey returned to action for Arsenal during the 2-2 home draw against Hull City last weekend. The Welshman came on as a 62nd minute sub for Mathieu Flamini, as the North Londoners went in search of an equalizer. Ramsey completed 82% of [.
Here's those Fitba Thatba urchins again, this time tackling the thorny issue of rubbish Luis Suarez jokes as the man himself prepares to return to competitive action this Saturday evening.
The official blurb:
As Luis Suarez prepares to enter the field of play for Barcelona in El Clasico this weekend, we have prepared an animated short detailing everything that has (definitely not) gone on behind the scenes.
Austrian midfielder Marc Janko got off the mark for his new side Sydney FC in the A-League on Friday evening,doing so by simply chesting down a skewiff clearance from Brisbane Roar 'keeper Jamie Young and sending a booming 50-yard volley back from whence it came.
FC Nordsjælland midfielder Martin Vingaard had a big fall during the week while training and to us it was darn right hilarious for him rather embarrassing as he steps on a hurdle and slips on another ending up on his rear!
Oil-Rich Qatar will cover the sun! Forever! Muhahahahaha!
Election season is upon us. I can tell because my phone is ringing off the hook, and famous public figures keep personally emailing me with desperate pleas for financial help that put stranded Nigerian princes to shame.
D.C. United has the playoffs on their mind as they close out the regular season against the Montreal Impact.
After sending a reserve team to Panama to clinch the top overall spot in the Concacaf Champions League, D.C. United's regulars will be back in the lineup against the Montreal Impact in the regular season finale.
Paul Pogba has signed a new contract with Juventus which will keep him with the Italian giants until June 2019. There had been speculation over the summer that the French midfielder had extended his contract with the club, but those reports were premature. But today, the Serie A side have ended the transfer speculation surrounding the 21-year-old's future in Turin by announcing his signing with an official statement on the club's website.
Newcastle United were interested in Leeds United left back Sam Byram over a year ago and news that we are still interested in the player. Sam Byram Leeds talented defender footballleagueworld.co.uk (FLW) are saying that Newcastle are hoping to sign the 21 year-old player next summer to help strengthen the Newcastle defense.
Today Nike have revealed the brand new Nike Mercurial CR7 Superfly football boot tailor made for ballon d'or winning Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Unlike the rest of Nike's boot range, the Mercurial CR7 is specifically designed for Ronaldo to enhance his skills on the football pitch as he strives to remain the world's best footballer.
For a little longer, anyway. Some folks thought Aron Jóhannsson could return to AZ action this weekend after his reserve comeback on Monday, but I can tell you he is not on the submitted team sheet for their match against Groningen. As the club noted, he will likely have another one or two appearances with Jong AZ before getting back into the Eredivisie swing.
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