The first half of 2020-21 was not ideal for Manchester United by any stretch of the imagination. But in the final fourteen Premier League matches, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took Manchester United on an unbeaten run, culminating in a final day triumph over Leicester City to secure Champions League football and third place in the table. It was a finish worth celebrating and with Bruno Fernandes firing on all cylinders, Manchester United fans will be hoping for better times ahead. But another year gone by without Premier League glory, Solskjaer and co. would have been hoping for silverware elsewhere. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, they crashed out of every one of their cup competitions at the semi-final stage. So even with Bruno Fernandes and a powerful trio of attackers alongside him, the Red Devils will undoubtedly be turning their attention to the transfer market for new additions. Anything less than Premier League or Champions League glory is simply not enough to satisfy the Manchester United faithful's. Here is a Transfer Market Analysis of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United and who they can sign to achieve the dream of getting back to that level.
Few clubs over the past decade have developed as succinct of a style of play as Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid. The 4-4-2 and 4-4-1-1 formations have practically become synonymous with Simeone's side, as he's taken Atletico to two Champions League finals and one La Liga title. Although 2019-20 hasn't been the best of seasons for Los Rojiblancos, they've continued their usual defensive prowess, conceding the second least amount of goals this season in La Liga and beating Liverpool in both Champions League Group Stage encounters. Here is a Tactical Analysis of Diego Simeone's 4-4-2 system and hard-working Atletico Madrid team.
It’s almost the end of the year, so it’s only fitting that we count down the top 100 footballers of 2019. Check out the next section of the list (60-51) below.
For more on what goes into determining The Mastermind’s Top 100 of 2018 click here. For (100-81) click here! For (80-61) click here! Enjoy! 60. Thibaut Courtois Thibaut Courtois was fantastic at the 2018 World Cup and probably the best goalkeeper at the tournament. FIFA thought so anyway, and awarded him the Golden Glove and a spot on the … Continue reading Top 100 Footballers In The World 2018 (60-41)
Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 100-81 100. Fabinho Fabinho is absolute class. The Brazilian midfielder is so versatile and so capable in all areas of the games and this season completely established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world. He was actually primarily a right back until the tail-end of last season but since … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (100-81)
The UEFA Champions League semi-finals have officially come to a close with Juventus and Real Madrid unsurprisingly but still amazingly, advancing to the next round. Both teams were just absolutely unstoppable in the semi-finals and now it makes for a very intriguing final matchup. But without further ado, it is time for our second of … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Semi Finals Team of the Week (May 9-10)
The second round of fixtures in the UEFA Champions League were highly entertaining as always. Both Atletico Madrid and Juventus almost amusingly just defended for their lives to preserve low-scoring draws to send themselves through to the final four, while Monaco ripped apart Dortmund and Madrid took their game against Bayern Munich in extra time. … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Team of the Week Quarter Finals (April 18-19)
What an amazing week of UEFA Champions League fixtures. February 21st and 22nd saw one of the best games you'd ever see in your life as Manchester City narrowly edged out AS Monaco by a score of 5-3 and the other three games also all had incredible moments of action. Through all the enthralling fixtures … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Team of the Week Round of 16 (Feb. 21-22)
Hundreds of thousands of fantastic football goals have been scored in 2016 and for The Mastermind's money, these four are the very best of the bunch. Dimitri Payet vs. Crystal Palace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilLxVuKppbY A week before this moment, Payet had scored a wonder goal in a friendly for France and so when he stepped up to take … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2016: Goal of the Year