There is very little rest for the wicked, it seems. There's definitely been almost none for Louis Van Gaal who, less than two weeks on since his Holland side dismantled Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third spot playoff, will take charge of his first ever game as Manchester United manager tomorrow morning at 4.
For United fans once the England mess is cleared away the World Cup has been as interesting from a managerial standpoint as it has been from a players standpoint.
With United manager Louis van Gaal taking Netherlands to the Round of 16, Netherlands v Mexico will be watched for LvG's tactical approach to the game more than it'll be appreciated for the talents of United strikers Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.
At long, long, last we've finally reached the end. Sunday's trip to the South Coast brings the curtain down on this seemingly endless, utterly shambolic, largely uninspiring campaign meaning we can all spend the next few months dreaming of returning to success, while our heads spin at the number of players United are linked with in the press.
On Monday, it'll be a year since Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of his last ever game at Old Trafford but the way things have unfolded this season one'd be forgiven for thinking that 10 years have passed by since that rainy May afternoon. United's catastrophic season simply refuses to end, the feel good factor generated by David Moyes' sacking and Ryan Giggs' first game in charge evaporated in less than a week, as United were their usual inept selves on Saturday.
Over the last two weeks, football has been somewhat of an afterthought at United, with all the attention focused on David Moyes' successor who, presumably, will be unveiled next week and is extremely likely to be speaking Dutch.
Football, of course, still has a role to play in this most endless, disappointing and beleaguered of seasons, whose finishing line seems destined to remain something blurry on the horizon.
"We're Man United, we're at home, I expect us to win and play well and we want to give the fans something to shout about, play attacking football, score goals, make tackles."
Ryan Giggs might only be in the Manchester United dugout for the next four games but if the above statement is anything to go by, then the remainder of the season could prove to be a world away from the dour, turgid, reality we've experienced for the last 10 months.
Having spent the first leg defending in the trenches that were dug around their 16-yard box while trying to hit Bayern on the counter, United travel to Germany knowing that, at some stage during the game, they'll have to shed the ponderous and dithering cloth they've worn all season and attack.
The last time Bayern Munich traveled to Old Trafford, they found themselves 3-0 down in less than 20 minutes, only to claw their way back into the game thanks, in no small part, to Rafael's sending off, before Arjen Robben's wonder strike ensured they'd progress to the semifinal.
Such heroics are not likely to be needed tonight, when the German and European champions face United in what is arguably the most unbalanced of the four quarter finals and will likely prove to be the Reds' last Champions League at Old Trafford for who knows how long.
There has been enough off the pitch news surrounding the Portland Timbers and the Timbers Army for fans to keep up on, but nothing helps focus a group better like match day. The Colorado Rapids are just above the Timbers on the table, and a victory would give the home side a chance to build some momentum before a busy August and September.
The Portland Timbers haven't had much success in Salt Lake City over the years, but this isn't exactly the same RSL side either. The team said goodbye to longtime coach Jason Kreis, but they've been able to keep the same system in place with several veterans and longtime assistant Jeff Cassar stepping in as head coach.
The Portland Timbers play their second road match of 2014 hoping to see their offensive fortunes change against a club, FC Dallas, where they enjoyed some success in 2013. FCD is one of the hotter teams to start the 2014 campaign with a diversified scoring group, but they have several questions on defense that should set this match up as a potential high scoring affair.
Some surprises in the starting line-up today with Loic Remy missing the final game of the season, having picked up a knock in training, and Shola Ameobi comes in up front, so we'll have some difficulty scoring goals, with Newcastle having scored only one goal in the previous 12 games Remy has missed this season.
Whilst it's highly unlikely Manchester City will slip to defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Sunday it's frankly miraculous that Liverpool have managed to put themselves in a position where they are still in with a shot at the title on the final day. If you'd of asked any Liverpool fan at the start of the season what they were expecting, nobody would have said this.
After watching Everton fail to do anything right on Saturday evening Liverpool find themselves hoping for another twist in this title race as they prepare to face Crystal Palace. Whatever happens Liverpool still need to be victorious in this game to stand any chance of getting a shot at the league.
Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Steven Taylor scored the goals for Newcastle this afternoon, and we were the better side in the first half, but allowed Cardiff City far too much of the ball in the second half, and Cardiff had chances to win this game, before Loic Remy got his 14th goal of the [...]
Alan Pardew has announced his team and its a 4-4-2 formation with Shola Ameobi coming in for Dan Gosling to partner Loic Remy up front, and in the last home game, Shola got his first Premier League goal of the season against Swansea but we still lost that one 2-1. That is the only [...]
The mood of Newcastle fans is not good at the moment, and that;s reflected in our poll on the result of the game tomorrow, with just over 50% at the time of writing expecting us to be beaten at home to the bottom of the league team. Loic Remy - maybe he can [...]
With some (but not all) Newcastle fan organizations pushing for a walkout at the game after 69 minutes tomorrow, it's got to be very difficult for the lads to win the game, even if we manage to score a goal and are ahead at that time, and it seems a terrific chance for Cardiff City [...]
Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy and Moussa Sissoko all start the game tonight against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and that's the first time all three have started a game for over two months. Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Dan Gosling, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran; Moussa [.
Liverpool welcome Jose Mourinho's Chelsea to Anfield on Sunday and whilst Brendan Rodgers bats away the ex Inter Milan coach's mind games, Liverpool are 100% ready to go out and walk another step closer to that elusive Premier League title.
Mourinho began this week by saying he would rest key players in the fixture, perhaps having one eye on a shot at another Champions League.
After a scintillating fixture with Manchester City last weekend, Liverpool fans find themselves ever more excited as the blue side of Manchester also slipped up against Sunderland in the week dropping more points. As the Reds assess their situation they could even draw with Chelsea now and still go on to win the league but first there is the yellow and green of Norwich standing in our way.
It's a surprise that both Loic Remy and MathieuDebuchy are starting on the bench today against Swansea, and why that's the case we have no idea, it's not like we don't need them in the team immediately. And surprisingly Luuk de Jong, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi all start and yes they are the [...
I'm back from Budapest and bringing you what hopefully will turn out to be an iconic match preview in the build up to a game that is easily the most important one in my lifetime as a Liverpool fan when concerning the league. The Reds prepare to face the might of Manchester City on Sunday whilst also assembling a fitting memorial to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough as we near the 25th anniversary of that fateful day.
As expected Davide Santon comes in at right back, but there's a bit of a surprise in that Dan Gosling is given a chance to add some much needed creativity to the Newcastle midfield and Dan gets a start this afternoon. It looks like Vurnon Anita will play out on the right wing in place [...]
Liverpool make the trip down south on Sunday afternoon as they prepare to face Sam Allardyce's West Ham side. With the Reds sitting proudly on their perch, an away game against a side that can cause problems is a daunting task for Liverpool and as Brendan Rodgers has said many times we must take each game as it comes.
If the "one step forward, two steps backward" pattern that United have established this season is anything to go by, expect the Reds to suffer a catastrophic defeat at Newcastle tomorrow,having delivered one of the most unexpected results of the season on Tuesday night.
The fact United travel to the North East with all the focus on Wednesday's return leg in Munich is extremely surprising, given the general and justified doom and gloom that surrounded the club ahead of Tuesday's 1-1 draw.
Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday as they aim to collect a more convincing win after a somewhat nervy 90 minutes with Sunderland midweek. After confidently beating Spurs on their own turf, Brendan Rodgers will surely have faith in his side to seal the deal in the reverse fixture this weekend.
Alan Pardew has produced a couple of surprises in that he has given a start to Massadio Haidara at left back, and a good move is that Ben Arfa is also in the starting line-up at Southampton today. Ben Arfa - starts today at St. Mary's And as half expected Luuk de Jong is relegated [...]
Liverpool are back on the hallowed turf of Anfield on Wednesday evening as they prepare to face Sunderland. After a thoroughly exciting if somewhat worrying tie with Cardiff at the weekend, the Reds will be looking for a smoother win this time out.
Good news for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has no new injuries to contend with.
Alan Pardew has kept the same starting side from Saturday, when we beat Crystal Palace 1-0 and that made it three wins in our last four games. Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Shola Ameobi are again on the bench and they could see some action tonight against a very good Everton side and [...]
"These are wonderful times to be a Manchester United fan, particularly as the Reds look to clinch their 20th title when Aston Villa visit Old Trafford tomorrow." No, I haven't lost my marbles not all of them anyway I simply thought that nothing would illustrate how far we've fallen this season as the different circumstances surrounding this fixture eight months ago, hence the choice to recycle a line from last season.