Will Quinn

Manchester United: Ditching scapegoats solves nothing

Manchester United: Ditching scapegoats solves nothing 2

Will Quinn takes issue with the perception that a mass-cull is needed at Old Trafford… Robbie Savage has written an article outlining the players in United’s squad he feels have to go. A lot of fans would quibble with some of his picks: Hernandez and Nani have a few backers, and it seems odd to(…)

Time to End the Early-Game Amnesty on Bookings 1

Will Quinn takes issue with the habit of refereeing leniency early in games… Howard Webb has faced a lot of criticism for missing Samuel Eto’o’s clear foul in the box on Suarez yesterday, but ultimately there isn’t much the FA can do to improve that situation. Referees make mistakes, and sometimes they make big ones,(…)

Villas-Boas passes the point of no return at Tottenham 0

Will Quinn reflects on Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking… Football fans are notorious for over-reacting, especially to heavy home defeats. They also tend to see sacking the manager as the universal remedy to anything that goes wrong at a football club. Bearing that in mind, there is a case to be made that AVB’s sacking at Spurs(…)

Leighton Baines shouldn’t be considered for a wide-midfield role with England 0

Will Quinn weighs-in on the growing desire to see Leighton Baines play at left-midfield for England… England have lacked a left-sided midfielder for what seems like forever, and finding creative solutions to the problem has become a bit of a national hobby. Managers have sometimes tried shoehorning their best players out there with Scholes and(…)

Tottenham: Who is to blame for Roberto Soldado’s poor form?

Tottenham: Who is to blame for Roberto Soldado’s poor form? 8

Will Quinn discusses the causes of Roberto Soldado’s adjustment difficulties at White Hart Lane… Of all of Spurs’ summer signings, Robert Soldado was perhaps the most widely acclaimed. He just ticked all the boxes: he had scored lots of goals in a very competitive league, he was nearing his peak, and he addressed a clear(…)

Arsenal, Tottenham, and their use of substitutes yesterday

Arsenal, Tottenham, and their use of substitutes yesterday 0

Will Quinn returns to discuss the substitutions made by both North London managers yesterday to similarly underwhelming effect… Arsene Wenger decided against playing a pro-active game at Old Trafford on Sunday, opting instead to choose two holding midfielders in Arteta and Flamini. In fairness, Rosicky’s illness may have forced his hand, but he still had(…)

Arsenal: The need for positivity at Old Trafford

Arsenal: The need for positivity at Old Trafford 0

Will Quinn looks briefly at how Arsenal can succeed at Old Trafford on Sunday… Since much has been written about Ferguson’s ‘figuring out’ of Arsenal towards the end of his career, it might be interesting to take the opposite angle and think about how Arsene Wenger can adjust to take advantage of United’s weakness this(…)

Manchester United, David Moyes, and the folly of the defensive full-back

Manchester United, David Moyes, and the folly of the defensive full-back 0

Will Quinn returns to lament Chris Smalling’s inclusion in the Manchester United side on Tuesday night… David Moyes had a right to bemoan his side’s poor finishing against Sociedad on Tuesday night, after his usually lethal strikers contrived to miss two open nets and a penalty in a 0-0 draw. However, he did make one(…)

Manchester United’s Ashley Young and the one-sided reaction to diving

Manchester United’s Ashley Young and the one-sided reaction to diving 1

Will Quinn looks back at Ashley Young’s latest loss of balance last night, but highlights the need to scrutinise the less-than-pure behaviour of the defensive players as well… Ashley Young’s latest dive in the box highlighted an unusual feature of British footballing culture: it condemns cynical forward play much more strongly than it does cynical(…)