On The Spot: Europe needs reforms, stat

I think my Dad might actually enjoy this, but I’ll grudgingly support Liverpool in this year’s Champions League final. Yes, those Reds fans will probably be obnoxious on Facebook should their team lift the trophy on May 26, but at least I can continue to hope their top division title drought continues. Because the fact […]

On The Spot: It’s squeaky bum time

We’re eight games from the end of the Premier League season, and as Manchester City is just about crowned champion already by everyone, it’s less certain for the positions that matter. The top six has almost certainly become five — Arsenal are eight points behind fifth-place Chelsea and 12 behind the last coveted spot of the […]

On The Spot: Romelu finally shows up

On a day that might decide the order of those finishing behind Manchester City, Manchester United’s premier summer signing finally showed up against the big boys. If the earlier meeting at Stamford Bridge vindicated one’s preference for Alvaro Morata over Romelu Lukaku, Sunday’s matchup against Chelsea at Old Trafford showed how much the tables have turned. If anything, […]

On The Spot: The case for VAR

On Saturday, criticisms for the new video assistant referee (VAR) system reached a new high in the FA Cup match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United, as Juan Mata’s goal was ruled out for being marginally offside. While Hawk-Eye, the company that provides VAR technology, has since apologized for providing misleading images to television viewers at home, […]

On the Spot: Where is the real Paul Pogba?

The real question Manchester United fans want answered is who the No. 6 on the field really is. Because he doesn’t seem to be the same confident young man who decided that he had had enough of waiting and walked out on Sir Alex Ferguson. Pogba’s performance on Sunday at St. James’ Park summed up […]

On the Spot: Why the Alexis Sánchez deal is huge for United

On Jan. 22, a potentially seismic shift occurred in English football when Chilean forward Alexis Sánchez swapped the red of Arsenal for that of Manchester United, with Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading the other way in the deal. This represents the biggest swap in English soccer since the Ashley Cole-William Gallas saga in 2008. […]

On The Spot: All [these teams] want for Christmas is… (part two)

We’re inching closer to the holiday season and, in the spirit of giving, clubs are looking for some magical gift to reach their goals for the year or save their seasons. Manchester City For Fabian Delph or maybe Danilo to be a competent left-back, because really that’s the only thing that stands between this Manchester City […]

On the Spot: What we learned this super Sunday

It might be tempting to just write off the title race this season as completely done. Manchester City is, after all, eight points clear, scoring goals for fun with about a third of the season played. Kevin De Bruyne looks completely unplayable, and David Silva doesn’t seem to be slowing down his production rate for the […]

On the Spot: Why waking up for Liverpool-Man United wasn’t all that bad

Simply looking at the scoreline would probably make you go “huh, what a waste of time.” Bore draw, should have slept in. Not particularly. This was a battle between two managers that knew their opponent’s strengths and were afraid to give anything away. It is easy to criticize Jose Mourinho for “parking the bus” — […]

On the Spot: Why I still really wanted Morata over Lukaku

This summer’s most protracted transfer saga featured two center-forwards with immense pedigree and two clubs with a lot of money. Chelsea was thought to be the favorite to re-sign Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United was leading the race for Álvaro Morata. The world was then shocked when Lukaku signed with the Red Devils instead, leaving the Blues […]