Author Archives: Jasper Dunning

Having recently graduated from the University of Southampton, Jasper now works in football analysis for Football Radar, a rapidly growing statistical modelling company based in London. He has an unhealthy obsession with Manchester United and the Premier League, but keenly follows much European football, particularly from La Liga and the Bundesliga. Join in the debate on Twitter here: @Jasper_Dunning.

Arise, Sir Cameron: charting Borthwick-Jackson’s rapid ascension

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When prompted to think of Manchester United left-backs, two will probably spring to mind: Denis Irwin and Patrice Evra. Both played an important role during two of the most successful periods in the club’s history, but there were times when both also went under the radar. Their talents were remarkable, but having perfected the art of just ‘doing a job’ and turning in a solid showing week ... Read More »

Six to watch at Old Trafford: a big season awaits…

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It has long been a hallmark of Manchester United that youth should be given a chance to shine, and in recent years, managers Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Ryan Giggs and Louis van Gaal have all allowed the club’s best up-and-coming talents a shot in the first team. Ahead of the 2015/2016 campaign kicking off this weekend, what are the ... Read More »

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 5 Players to Watch

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The U21 European Championships has today got underway in the Czech Republic, and to guide your watching, here are five of the hottest prospects to keep a careful eye on over the next fortnight. TOMAS KALAS, DF, Czech Republic Probably the most familiar name of the home nation’s squad, Tomas Kalas is a promising central defender (and occasional right-back) whose ... Read More »

The United end-of-season report: must do better.

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While Louis van Gaal – ‘hello… hello… hey – pay attention to the manager!’ – has played the PR game and maintained that Manchester United’s objectives for the 2014/15 season were met, the fact remains that the campaign fizzled out with two distinctly average displays at home to Arsenal and away at the now-relegated Hull City. While the last games ... Read More »

The curious case of Radamel Falcao?

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If you have read all the rubbish written in the national media’s sporting columns recently then you will probably have had it shoved down your throat that Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao is: a)      not good enough b)      a waste of money c)       surplus to future requirements d)      all of the above. From my point of view, these views are both ... Read More »

A flavour of Fergie in Louis’s Gaal-acticos?

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It’s often a focal point of pundit discussion and mooted as the one essential ability needed by a title-winning side: the knack of winning and grinding out results when not playing well. A characteristic synonymous with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United sides over the years and one also displayed by Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles in their 49-game unbeaten streak, winning ugly ... Read More »

World Cup 2014 Preview: Group C

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A lot is made of the Brazilian climate and how teams will perform in such conditions. Whilst it is true that humidity will not score you any goals, it really can make a difference. Temperature can make a difference, but it probably won’t be such a big factor in this group as all four teams are from hot countries. The ... Read More »

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