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Ferguson showcases a 4-2-1-3 against Everton

August 21, 2012
Ferguson showcases a 4-2-1-3 against Everton

The main story on the night was Everton’s excellent performance, but the more significant development in the long-term was Manchester United’s choice of formation and personnel. The arrivals of both Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie have seen many questions about precisely how they’ll fit into the side, and while this starting XI doesn’t...
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Mancini to use a three-man defence as plan B?

August 14, 2012
Mancini to use a three-man defence as plan B?

Sunday’s Community Shield was an enjoyable, eventful match – but it was difficult to take too many conclusions from it. It wasn’t just that the match is something of an irrelevance (a feeling supported by the fact Branislav Ivanovic escaped a ban for his red card because the match isn’t considered a first-team game...
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ZM’s European Team of the Year 2011/12

May 30, 2012
ZM’s European Team of the Year 2011/12

It’s that time of year again. Minimal explanation needed – eleven starts and eleven substitutes.
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Bayern v Chelsea – European Cup final preview

May 18, 2012
Bayern v Chelsea – European Cup final preview

If Chelsea did an ‘Inter 2010′ in the semi-final against Barcelona, they need to repeat the trick here – Inter went onto beat Bayern in the final that year.
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Wigan stay up after a switch to 3-4-3

May 16, 2012
Wigan stay up after a switch to 3-4-3

The surprise package in the second half of Premier League season was the only side who switched to a back three on a permanent basis.
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