Jim White

  • The Premier League title race is going to the wire in 2015

    Jim White says the Premier League is lacking in quality, but it will have a brilliant conclusion to the title race in 2015.

    Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (L) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio AgueroChelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (L) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero

    There can be no better indicator of the oddness of this season’s Premier League than the fact Manchester United are four points better off than this time last season, but five places higher in the table.

    Nothing gives a clearer mark of the serial incompetence in the division. If a side as flaky and defensively dependent on their goalkeeper as Louis van Gaal’s can rise to third then it does not speak highly of the efficiency of the rest.

    This time last year, pundits were speaking of the glories of a seven-horse race for the title (United in eighth were already written off). Yet Liverpool,

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  • Manchester United and Liverpool flattered by pub comparison

    Jim White dissects the issues at Manchester United and Liverpool

    Manchester United's manager Louis Van GaalManchester United's manager Louis Van Gaal

    Gary Neville's chortling suggestion on Monday night that the forthcoming fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool will be like the Dog and Duck playing the Red Lion could yet land him in trouble. With the denizens of the Dog and Duck and the Red Lion, that is. Frankly, United and Liverpool currently might be flattered by the comparison with a couple of pub teams. A fixture that has usually included at least one team in with a realistic shout of the title will, for the first time in fifty-odd years, be played out without either side in serious contention.

    Neville's interjection was, as

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  • Arsene Wenger out? Arsenal fans should be careful what they wish for

    Jim White highlights a lack of possible replacements should the Frenchman be sacked.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under pressure from his own fansArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under pressure from his own fans

    According to Arsene Wenger, the victory over Southampton on Wednesday night, Arsenal’s third on the bounce, demonstrated that the feelgood factor was back in residence at the Emirates. Which is one way of putting it. The glass half full way of putting it. Others might have pointed to what happened at the Hawthorns last Saturday and suggested a less generous reading of current morale at the club. 

    In the immediate aftermath of Arsenal’s undistinguished victory over an unambitious and unthreatening West Bromwich Albion, a bunch of supporters in the visitors’ section unveiled a banner. It read:

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  • Why Michael Carrick is the real inspiration behind Man Utd's resurgence

    The midfielder has brought order and calm to proceedings.

    Manchester United's Michael CarrickManchester United's Michael Carrick

    One thing is pretty certain: without David De Gea, Manchester United would not have been enjoying the satisfaction of a fourth Premier League victory on the bounce last night. The save the young Spaniard made in the last seconds from Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf was magnificent, not least because he was close to suffering from frostbite in the preceding 89 minutes.

    [MAN UTD CLING ON FOR STOKE WIN]

    That is the job of goalkeepers. And the best – which De Gea is rapidly becoming – do it on a regular basis. How Liverpool fans – some of whom suggested after yet another nervy display from their stopper

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