Ronaldo returns, a dream move to push Man Utd forward

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Ronaldo is back at Old Trafford in a sensational switch that no one really believed would happen. A move to Man City was on the line, but instead he is back in red.

A fee of €20million is what it took to bring the 36 year old back to the club he left in 2009. Cristiano Ronaldo played 196 league games and scored 85 goals in his previous period at the club, winning the Premier League titles, FA Cup and EFL Cup trophies as well. Also of course a Champions League winner in 2008.

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OGS and Cristiano Ronaldo both appeared in the 2004 FA Cup final celebrating a new trophy for their cabinet, and this was the end close to the end of OGS era as a player and the beginning for Ronaldo.

We all know the impact Ronaldo had at Real Madrid and his presence showed how much he had to say for their fantastic run, he also had a great few seasons at Juventus before making the sensational switch.

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Of course great and fantastic to see such a player back in the Premier League and hopefully this could give extra boost to the campaign. To see Varane and Ronaldo both coming in shows that it could be a chance of a trophy this season with these two players signed you should be closer to that happening.

Manchester United and OGS have not managed to find that top forward and also struggled a bit in the defence, but with these two signings shows that The Glazers are eager to get this club back at the very top and that they have confidence in OGS to make that happen.

Anyway this season looks more exciting than ever and also unpredictable.

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OGS and his up’s and down’s, will it continue?

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Manchester United started their season with a marvelous start winning 5-1 at home. Then going away to Southampton and failing to build on the previous results, managing a draw in the end.

OGS will if he manage to bring his team into a CL position not be under pressure as the board at the club will be in line with the current ambitions to play in this tournament every season. Of course winning a trophy will be a priority but to demand a PL title will not be pushed in present time.

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OGS has taken the team into the frame of a trophy getting closer and closer to that in his seasons in charge, losing on penalties in the Europa League final last season.

The away form last season was grand and impressive, but what we miss at this point is a clear plan in the transfer policy going forward with a clear and direct plan and be able to bring in the best players available.

To see Man Utd not really considering signing players such as Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Raheem Sterling, might be a signal that those top targets are on a shelf that is not considered and that could also see the trophy hunt a bit more difficult.

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We beleive Man Utd will be in the frame for a trophy this season, but to see them as winners of the Premier League might not be a clearly perspective.

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We will follow the progress and of course the next game in the Premier League will be vital as we go forward.

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Malmö FF, historical club back in the best European party

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Malmo FF is back in the Champions League and their progress into the group stages of this tournament is in itself a fairy story as the club did defeat Rangers on their way to this stage. They will be in a dream group with fantastic opponents in Chelsea, Juventus and Zenit. Of course difficult but also a massive challenge to play against these giants.

Their final hurdle was Ludogoretz, defeated over two games 3-2. Norwegian international Jo Inge Berget is one of their key players, scoring a vital goal in that first leg and in his second period with MFF. The 30 year old attacker has to date played 139 league games and scored 35 goals during his time, first from 2015 to 2017 with a year playing for New York City and then returning in 2019 and since been influential for his team.

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Jon Dahl Tomasson is a familier name in football and the previous Denmark assistant manager and now in charge of MFF has a grand life in football being a proven goalscorer in many European League’s and with a previous life at clubs such as Newcastle, Feyenoord, AC Milan, Stuttgart and Villareal.

Tomasson must have been delighted after the wins against Rangers and Steven Gerrard, which might have been the key game to get into the group stages as they were probably the favorites to go through.

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MFF are currently second in the Swedish top division, Allsvenskan, with just one point away from the top position with current leaders being Djurgarden. Their team is a good mix with mostly Scandinavian born players.

They have qualified to the group stages of the Champions Leauge before and the last time was in 2015/16 prior to the year before 2014/15 when they also did go through. Of course with previous managers at the helm, but indeed getting vital experience from such a tournament.

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The club was founded in 1910, and has to date won their home league 21 times. In the early days IFK Malmo was seen as a top rival, but that football club has not been in the top flight since the 60’s, so today mainly Helsingborg and IFK Gothenburg are seen as the main rivals and enemies.

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A great number of good players has of course played for MFF. We can start with the two Olympic gold medal winners from 1948, Kjell Rosèn and Erik Nilsson. Rosèn later played professionally in Italy with Turin and Novara, while Nilsson stayed on and played a total of 354 league games in a career lasting from 1934 to 1952.

When Sweden at home did reach the World Cup final in 1958 MFF had players in the squad. The goalkeeper Tore Svensson and central defender Pravitz Öberg were selected.

Going forward and into the 70’s Malmo FF was a pivotal club and one player to mention in that era was their elegant midfielder Bo “Bosse” Larsson. He played a vital part in three World Cup’s for Sweden, being selected for Mexico (70), West Germany (74) and Argentina (78). Larsson played for Sweden in two periods, also representing Stuttgart from 1966 to 1969. Their steady goalkeeper Jan Möller would probably have reached 100 caps for Sweden, but stopped at 17, with the former Bristol City and Toronto Blizzard shotstopper being held on the bench by the legend Ronny Hellström.

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When MFF did reach the final of the European Cup in 1979, under the guidence of Bob Houghton coming up against Nottingham Forest legends Brian Clough, their manager, and Trevor Francis, their goal scorer of the evening, made it all special as the two teams played in this type of final for the first time. Larsson was not in the team, but you had a number of other well known players. Staffan Tapper, their captain, had a previous life as a full international and still a great performer. There were of course many great players, but one to mention was 19 year old midfielder Robert Prytz, later becoming one of Sweden’s most known players with a career at Rangers, Verona and Atalanta, also adding up 56 caps for Sweden in the years to come.

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Robert Prytz did move back to Scotland later in life and played for a number of clubs on his last path in football, representing, Kilmarnock, Dumbarton, East Fife, Pollock, Cowdenbeath and Hamilton with short stays playing until his early 40’s, finally hanging up his boots in 2001.

MFF did also play their part in the 1994 World Cup heroics as Sweden did win the bronze medal. Jonas Thern, the captain, Stefan Schwarz, Patrick Andersson and Roger Ljung all had a past at this football club, but had left for professional adventures.

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Former England boss Roy Hodgson also had a number of years in charge at MFF, using this club as a great stepping stone towards his stardom in football. During Hodgson’s years from 85 to 89 MFF won the Allsvenskan in all of his five seasons. There are several other known faces that has taken charge of MFF, to mention Aage Hareide and Uwe Rossler, both known as players and managers of different clubs and Hareide being both the national coach of Norway and Denmark during his time in football management.

The team from the Scania capital will again be back in the best party with a bit to prove, but of course we believe it will probably be a great experience and hopefully a chance to qualify for more fighting with Zenit for that 3rd position, with Chelsea and Juventus looking too strong.

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Arsenal will they again return to be great

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Six years ago Arsenal ended runners-up in the league pushing their closest rival Spurs down to third as Leicester did manage to do the unthinkable by winning Premier League.

The fans of this club must really hate their former manager Arsene Wenger as his presence was something they would rather be without. Strange to watch from the side, not really understanding the reason behind it all, as their knowledge of football and totally ignoring that this is actually going in a bit of circles, with Wenger alongside Sir Alex being the masterminds behind those great generation moves as they managed to renew their teams in time to bag trophies season in and season out.

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Before Arsene Wengers arrival at the club in September1996 it was little or nothing happening and a lot of strange talk has since been seen about Wenger this and Wenger that. Those persons in the Wenger out clan will go on for ages to defend their case as they know can see life of wrong doings big time.

Arsene Wenger was an institution at Arsenal and to give him the treatment he was given by the club and their fans are just disgusting to watch for one being an outsider, completely unthinkable, but in this World you do see strange things happening over and over again.

When you look at what happened next you understand that the club do not have a main strategy work as no successor was seen long term and no clear candidate had been addressed, so why do what they did, to destroy their own work, to start a riot towards your own, that looks like a sailboat without a skipper.

What we have seen at Arsenal after Wenger’s departure is a downfall from being a club fighting for a place in Champions League to something few can imagine will be able to fight for anything else than a Premier League survival, and the house of Arteta is not leading anywere and will probably go to the ground as the building is not standing with this type of approach.

A good healty football team do have a number of experienced bodies in there, still able to compete at the very top, you do have a body of players in and around 26 to 29 among those being first team regulars. Then you have a crop of younger players just in and around the eleven that still need time to deliver, and of course not being players that needs to take all the leading act during a full season, they will not be able to do that and fail, and with failure you will get more failure.

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In Wenger’s last season Arsenal ended 6th and qualified for Europa League action. They were EFL Cup finalists and ended their run in the Europa League in the semi’s, who are in their right mind to sack a manager after those results, and talking about giving this man the sack long before, you must have little or no knowledge of football.

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Wenger made a number of sales to be able to fund the arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhittaryan and with those signings bringing in players with the experience needed to be able to find more glory going forward.

Looking at the squad you had the blend and the avarage age needed as those three players made it possible to let others leave. The job that summer was to bring in quality in the back four, probably look at the keeper situation and bring in the quality needed to fly on forward.

The club never managed to bring in the quality needed to replace those players that was coming to an age that made them a bit too experienced and also losing Ramsey might have been a major blow with the player wishing to leave. A great talent and often underrated by many as he have been a bit forgotten in the rise of Wales, with Bale getting most of the credit.

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Wenger had a great nose for finding talent and signing players that could take the step as he did with Henry and Vieira both just fringe players at Juventus and AC Milan when arriving at Highbury. No player was seldom signed on the upper shelf as we all know Wenger selling most of his best players to Man City for fees he couldn’t get elsewhere.

Would have rather seen Wenger taking that job of bringing Arsenal into a better shape when leaving that what happened now and we believe it can take ages to rebuild the structure, though we cannot see who that person would be and of course not seeing how such an appointment will be happening.

The roar for Brendan Rodgers at Leicester might be there, but we do not really know how a club a bit down the pecking order coming to finances will be able to fight for those major trophies withouth a wizard at the helm, and surely that person is difficult to find.

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Two thousand games, Brian Horton, a life in football

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The name Brian Horton might be familier as the former player, manager and football coach looks back at his life in this game giving it special perspectives only Sir Alex Ferguson can match, coming to all those games involvements.

For the younger generation he will be a man that has been associated with especially Oxford and Man City as their manager, he later also took charge at Huddersfield, Brighton, Port Vale and Macclesfield.

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His first job as a manager was with Hull, combining the role with playing as we did see back then but seldom today as you have to have all your badges and licences in place to do the manager job.

For us a bit older we do remember Brian Horton fondly from his days at Brighton, being their captain in the ladder climb from from the 3rd to the 1st level of English football. He then joined Luton and spent three years at Kenilworth Road before making his player manager jump to Hull.

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This book goes in depth of course and also describing the fantastic journey Hull had under their former manager Phil Brown with a certain Brian Horton by his side. Horton alongside Brown managed to get The Tigers into the top flight for the first time in their history and surviving before a massive struggle the year after sending Phil Brown out the door, appointing Horton as caretaker for a period before Iain Dowie came in to try to save the ship, but it wasn’t to be.

Brian Horton later joined Phil Brown at Preston North End and continued to work in football for the time being. After his time with Preston new moves to Macclesfield, Doncaster and Swindon came in order either in full charge or in assistant roles.

A fascinating saga about a man that football respect greatly as he took part around in the football league with a unpolished style and knowledge of the game that few are able to copy.

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Conor Gallagher and his trip towards the top

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Conor Gallagher is still probably most known for being a World Cup winner with England going back a few years and to 2017 when he became champion with his nation. A player that again is out on loan this time with Crystal Palace last season playing for West Bromwich Albion.

He has earlier been on loan at Charlton and Swansea and the progression is of course easy to notice for the 21 year old, also taking his international steps being part of the England U.21 set up at present.

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We just have to wait and see if he will be able to break into the frame of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and alongside other talents such as Mason Mount and Reece James.

The season opener against his owners Chelsea did see Gallagher sit out that one as he was not allowed to play. But he was very much involved in the next that 0-0 draw at home to Brentford and also playing in the EFL Cup v. Watford but not involved when the yellow scored in the 86th minute, Gallagher hat left the field.

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Patrick Vieira is still waiting for his first win, but we feel that when that happens the youngster will have a part in this as he looks to grab his chances wherever he moves around, and we believe he in the future could be an alternative not only for the England U.21’s and below but hopefully making the grade to become a full international sometime in the future.

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We will of course follow the progress of Conor Gallagher, and exciting player to watch.

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