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Glazers Are Not to Blame For Lack of Squad Quality at Manchester United

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This will not be a popular opinion, but the Glazers and Ed Woodward are not to blame for the lack of squad quality at Manchester United. The facts show that the Glazers have loosened the purse strings whenever they have been asked to.

Here is a comparison that will further elucidate this point.

BT Sport Pundit Owen Hargreaves Goes Out On Limb With List Of Players To Watch In 2014/15

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By Alan Duffy

Owen Hargreaves was a very fine, if injury-prone, footballer but his punditry skills are less Toni Kroos and more Tom Cleverley.

In an advert for BT Sport's coverage of the upcoming Premier League season, he picks Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Yaya Touré and Mesut Ozil as ones to watch.

Summer Transfers Winners And Losers

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The summer transfer window has closed, with the usual rush if signings on the last day, including US star Clint Dempsey moving to Spurs.

Here is a look at who I thought were the winners and losers in the transfer window?

Winners
Tottenham Hotspur
Before Friday afternoon I had Spurs in the losers category.

DT Exclusive: Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini debate which Manchester club is more desperate

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As the season nears its end and Manchesters United and City remain in contention for the Premier League title, the mind games have intensified as the two sides debate which club is more desperate. "There will be plenty of ammunition," Sir Alex Ferguson warned at his Friday press conference.

The Ones That We Missed Out On!

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Sir Alex Ferguson has spent 25 years as the manager of Manchester United and he has won the Premier League 12 times, FA Cup 5 times, League Cup 4 times, the Champions League twice, 10...

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RoM Reaction To The Transfer Window

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Most transfer windows have been fairly disappointing occasions for United fans since the Glazers bought the club and we have become used to this. More often than not, if we do dip in to the transfer market, we buy the sensible player. A player that makes sense and has the potential to be good enough but who doesn't get you too excited.

Midfield Musings

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In the first chapter of Genesis, God tells mankind (yes, I know) to go out and conquer the world, and ever since (yes, I know), we've been gripped by a paranoid, neurotic desire to understand everything. But however hard we try, it's simply not possible: whether its spontaneous combustion, kicks in snooker, or red trousers, cardigans and fascinators, some things will forever lie beyond human comprehension.

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Former United midfielder talks up City captain

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Former Manchester United and Manchester City midfielder Owen Hargreaves has praised City's injured captain, Vincent Kompany. The Belgian has proven himself as one of the best center-backs in the Premier League in recent seasons, guiding the Citizens to their first league title in over 50 years two seasons ago.

Future News: Owen Hargreaves announces he will join Chelsea in FIFA 13

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Former England international Owen Hargreaves has announced that he intends to sign with Chelsea in the upcoming EA Sports video game FIFA 13. The 31-year-old midfielder, who made just four appearances with Manchester City before he was released at the end of last season, was unable to find a new club during the summer transfer window.

The Great British Olympic dream, the Owen Hargreaves comeback dream and other stories

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We at BFZ have decided that till the start of the season we will be really random and continue the really random posts. So today I bring to you all the happenings from the Olympics, the transfer market and a bit of club football courtesy our globetrotting friends.

The Olympic football matches are like the MLS matches.

He’s back again! Owen Hargreaves starts training with Queens Park Rangers

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He has seen more stretchers in the last few years than St John Ambulance, but Owen Hargreaves has resolutely refused to do what every creaky knee ligament in his body is telling him and hang up his boots. In his latest attempt to defibrillate life back into his football career, the former England international has [.

Owen Hargreaves Training With QPR; Vlaar Agrees Terms With Villa; And More EPL News and Links

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Released by Manchester City, Canadian midfielder Owen Hargreaves is now training with Queens Park Rangers. Whether or not he'll be able to land a permanent deal with Mark Hughes' side, we'll have to wait and see. But it's an interesting ...

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Future News: Man City realize they’ve forgotten to spend their massive amounts of money

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Premier League champions Manchester City are in the midst of their preseason tour of China, where they are launching a sudden buying spree after remembering that they have an inordinate amount of money that they haven't been spending.

With July drawing to a close, Man City remain the only Premier League club who have not brought in a single new player since the end of last season.

Beefcake George Elokobi Posts Owen Hargreaves-Style Fitness Video On Youtube

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By Chris Wright

Much like the 'I can still run dead good' videos (but with much higher production values)Â that landed Owen Hargreaves a gig at Man City last summer thanks to some Grade A jogging on the spot and World Class rubber band stretching, mountainous Wolves' left-back George Elokobi has released a 'fitness' video entitled 'BEAST WORKOUT' to show prospective employers that he's back fit again following a nasty hamstring tear at the end of the season.

10 Most Disappointing Premier League Players Of 2011/12

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By Chris Wright

See-eth, laid out before thine eyes, Pies' decuplet of players that have underachieved, fallen from grace, failed to deliver, bought shame upon their families and generally stunk up the Premier League like a pilchard in the air conditioning over the past ten or so months.

A Curious Day In The Curious Life Of Mario Balotelli

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By Chris Wright

Don't ask us how, but Pies have acquired exclusive access to a page from the diary of one Mario Balotelli...

9:00am - I wake up when the antique cannon I had installed in the bathroom is fired by the homeless man that I hired as my personal cannon man.

Owen Hargreaves gets new job as Manchester City’s pitchside cameraman

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City now signing United players for oddjobs Those who felt that Owen Hargreaves would never be able to hold down a regular place in the Manchester City team can feel some what vindicated by the news that he's to be employed as a pitchside cameraman by the club. As if to reinforce his reputation for [.

Man City Plan To Use Owen Hargreaves As Pitchside Cameraman During Games

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By Chris Wright

"You want me to wear a what now?"

The jokes kind of write themselves here, but Manchester City have announced that bench-bound midfielder Owen Hargreaves is to have a camera strapped to him 'Sub Cam' as they've called it during their next few home Premier League games, with the pitchside footage then broadcast live on the club's official Youtube channel, with edited highlights available on the following Monday.

Things Currently Annoying Me In Football....

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Its been a while since I have posted anything remotely interesting so here is brief summary with all things that are annoying me in football these days

Roberto Mancini





I have a lot of respect for Roberto for the following reasons;

1) He was a brilliant striker
2) He brought madcap Mario Balotelli to England
3) No matter what the weather or situation he looks so suave in that scarf and coat you just cant help but admire his style (in a non homosexual way : but if you look at him that way thats no problem)

However, his recent whinge that he would struggle to fill his subs bench for the Man Utd game was simply laughable.

Ivory Coast Says No To Man City Request

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Big blow for manchester City ahead of this weekend's FA Cup tie with Manchester United after Ivory Coast coach Francois Zahoui rejected their request to play Yaya and Kolo Toure in Sunday's Manchester derby.

"Clubs know the rules," Zahoui told BBC Africa. "I'm expecting them [the Toures] for the Fifa deadline.

Man City Decorate Christmas Cakes – Mario Balotelli Loses Fight With Marzipan Icing (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which several of the Manchester City squad gear up for training with a hearty spot of Christmas cake decorating. Nigel de Jong and Owen Hargreaves in particular excel and Mario Balotelli is easily defeated by a slab of marzipan icing and a little plastic Santa, all while a black-eyed Sergio Aguero dicks about in a silly hat (skip to 2:20 mark).

Once Vilified But Then Worshipped, Liverpool’s Lucas Is Out For Season

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By Alan Duffy

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva is yet another example of a talented player who was unfairly criticised by the kind of dim football fan who has no mind of his or her own. England fans' treatment of Owen Hargreaves followed a similar path to that of Lucas, but sadly it now seems that the Brazilian has something else in common with the injury-plagued Manchester City man.

Five take-aways: Carling Cup quarterfinals

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The Carling Cup quarterfinals were full of entertainment and although four teams saw their chances of going to Wembley brought to an end, the remaining four shall offer plenty more in the semis.

For now, here is a look at five lessons learned, in no particular order, from the quarterfinals:

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Arsenal Lose to the Dastardly Petropounds

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Arsenal's 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the Carling Cup match yesterday showed, once again, the power of petropounds. But one goal from over 100 million is a pretty weak return, really. However, a win is a win and even if City are on the ropes in Europe, they've booked their spot in the semifinals of the league cup.

Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City: Young Guns Impress But Citizens Progess (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy


Arsene Wenger did his usual Carling Cup thing against Manchester City on Wednesday night, resting most of his first teamers and giving some youngsters a bit of action. Roberto Mancini rested Joe Hart, Mario Balotelli and a couple of other City megastars, but with the squad the Italian has assembled, even a (partly) second-string side is full to the brim with expensive internationals.

Joe Hart’s Bicycle Kick

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England number one Joe Hart is staking a claim for a starting game for Manchester City, upfront no less. Watch this spectacular bicycle kick in training maybe he can use it on YuoTube like his team-mate Owen Hargreaves did recently.

Are We Finally Seeing the Mature Super Mario?

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Mario Balotelli is knuckling down to life in the Premier League. How else can you explain two accomplished performances in his two latest outings? Scoring goals has always been easy for the Italian, his attitude has always been questioned. This season, however, he has let his boots do the talking.

Teamsheets: Man City vs Aston Villa

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We're back in action for what is the first really big test for Alex McLeish since he came to Villa, possibly one of the toughest of the season, but also as good a time as any to play Man City at their own place.

Over the last 10 times this league fixture has been played, we've won just two and lost eight times.

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Jones Leaves Old Trafford On Crutching

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What is it about our #4 shirt? First we had the original Mr Glass, Owen Hargreaves, and now we have Phil Jones, who seems to get injured every other game.

He was subbed off during our 2-1 victory over Reading in the FA Cup tonight and then left Old Trafford on crutches.

Jones played a blinder at the Bernabeu last week, keeping Cristiano Ronaldo's contribution to a minimum, and will likely have been pencilled in to do the same for the home leg on March 5th.

Released players face prospect of adapting to life at a lower level

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This article titled "Released players face prospect of adapting to life at a lower level" was written by Louise Taylor, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 31st May 2012 18.16 UTC

For some it spells insecurity, uncertainty and, possibly, the end of a career. Others see it as a long planned opportunity to make some serious money while exploring exciting new horizons.

Monday Bullets: City-United Fallout, Wynalda Misses, Etc.

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Monday Bullets:

• And then they were even....

Kolarov, for City, with a tackle on Nani here...and a free kick goal there...

Yesterdays 3-2 Manchester United over Manchester City FA Cup win was a sidewinder of drama. City control the run of play, United score.

The Rest

The Next Owen Hargreaves? Tiny Football Academy in Canada making Big Waves

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HAMILTON: Leo Charalampis says the next Owen Hargreaves is training right now in Hamilton, Canada. And if Leo says it you should listen.

Charalampis runs a small not-for-profit soccer training academy with a specific focus on developing Canadian soccer players to play professionally in international leagues.

What do you think of our rivals transfer dealings so far compared to us?

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Here's a question for you all on this hot sunny Friday:
Based on Chelsea's transfer dealings so far, compared to the top four finishers last season, What do you think of our chances this season?

Now we all know about Chelsea's transfer deals that have been completed so far as follows:

Chelsea:
In: Marko Marin (Werder Bremen, £7m) Eden Hazard (Lille, £32m), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen, £7m) Oscar (Internacional, £25m) Out: Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua, free), Salomon Kalou (released), Jacob Mellis (Barnsley, free), Jose Bosingwa (released), Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, loan)

So what of the teams that finished in the top four and above us last season and what they have done so far this summer?

Heath Pearce: Transfer Totty & Sex Symbol Status?

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Image:Â FCDallas.com.

The internet was rife with news of Heath Pearce to NYRB, Juan Agudelo to Chivas transfer talk, yet there was no mention of this hottie's horse riding tendencies.

Why not?

There should've been, because this vintage poster circa his FC Dallas days definitely provides us with an interesting peek into the centre/left back's psyche.

Did Hargreaves Blow People Away?

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Owen Hargreaves was released by Manchester United after failing to overcome a series of injuries. Despite claiming he was prepared to play for United for free to pay back the years of wages he had been paid whilst not playing any football, he then signed for rivals City.

United were convinced he was never going to make a full recovery but Hargreaves thought otherwise and managed to convince City of the same.

Fraizer Campbell’s Sweet Justification

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29 August 2010. A scream of agony reverberated through the Stadium of Light, as he collapsed to the turf. Unbridled pain soared through his knee, wincing with every second of that agonizing afternoon. Leaving the pitch on a stretcher, one thing was sure in his mind it would be a long time before he was to be afforded the luxury of kicking a ball again.

Capello taking a Ledley risk by playing Jones in midfield

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Capello taking a Ledley risk by playing Jones in midfield

There always seems to be a late starter before every major tournament. Theo Walcott, Paul Gascoigne, David Platt, Aaron Lennon, Owen Hargreaves and even Gary Lineker staked their claims late on before previous tournaments.