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‘Luke Shaw is done at United. Williams is everything he isn’t’ Man United fans react to an impressive display

Man United made it 5 wins from the last 6 games in all competitions with an impressive display against Brighton yesterday.

Amongst the many highlights throughout the team was young Brandon Williams, who has been impressive in recent outings.

While Luke Shaw is out injured, Williams is staking his claim for the left-back spot. Making his first Premier League start following appearances largely in the cup competitions, Williams once again impressed.

Making 4 tackles, 2 interceptions and a passing accuracy of 84.9%, the 19-year-old seems to have taken it all in his stride. Alongside Williams 6.98 rated game by whoscored.com. Man Utd ran out 3-1 winners with both Rashford and Martial bagging either side of a Propper own goal.

Man United fans are a happy bunch once again, with plenty of praise for their players…

Leeds United star can be as good as Man Utd’s Harry Maguire according to ex-player

Football Insider has reported that ex Leeds Utd player, Noel Whelan is a fan of Ben White. He would go as far as to say that he could be the next Harry Maguire.

Ben White is currently on loan at Leeds from Brighton. The 21-year-old is impressing everyone. However, Noel Whelan has been even bolder in saying how far he could go.

The ex Leeds forward ‘admires’ the defender’s style of play. He also believes that he is being superbly educated by Marcelo Bielsa and is capable of big things.

For Whelan, White ‘ticks every box.’ He’s athletic, confident, makes good decisions and his positioning is good. Even though he says he could be the next Maguire, he says that the 21-year-old isn’t as good in the air as the Man United Star or Pontus Jansson.

However, he does go on to say that he’s just as good on the ball, if not better. Here are two qualities that are making him a highly wanted man…

Tackling & Interception

As a centre back, clearly, tackling and interception are key. It’s something that White is brilliant at.

Just like Whelan has said, he’s confident on the ball. This makes him just as confident to battle anyone who gets in his way to make sure he wins the ball.

He’s a tough man to get past.

Pass rate

Football pundits look more and more at statistics these days. The pass rate is something that everyone checks too. White’s is already reaching 87.1%.

This is according to WhoScored.com It is also worth mentioning that White was named PFA Championship player of the month for August. At 21, he can only get better.

2 defenders Man City should be looking at to step-in for recovering Laporte, agree?

The Football Manc Cave are looking at who could step up to replace Aymeric Laporte, after he’s sustained an injury that will see him out for 4-5 months.

As if things weren’t already going to the plan at the back for Man City with Vincent Kompany leaving and injuries affecting the team in other parts like Leroy Sané, things just got worse after Laporte is now recovering after his injury that he picked up against Brighton. He has undergone surgery that will now need time to heal.

Although Man City’s official statement didn’t give an exact time frame, fans have put out their guesses that it will be between 4-5 months. This means that other defensive options will have to be looked at while he recovers…


Let’s say that Guardiola decides not to look outside of his already talented and capable squad. He’s the first obvious choice that comes to mind because he replaced the injured defender last weekend. Not only this but Fernandinho has said in the past that he’s ready to get back into the squad, and into Pep Guardiola’s good books by dropping into a defensive position.

This unfortunate event gives Fernandinho a chance to try and show the Man City boss exactly what he’s capable of and that he is ready for a challenge. Rodri is also that piece of the puzzle that fills the hole in midfield so Pep Guardiola has answers.

Ibrahima Konate

Like a lot of other football fans are saying, ‘Man City could just buy a replacement with the money they have.’ Well, that’s true, although I’d rather Guardiola have his development players a chance, like Taylor Harwood-Bellis. However, I’ve decided to pick out a defender from another club in case scouts are on the lookout.

He’s impressed greatly in the Bundesliga after joining RB Leipzig and he’s only 20 years old. He’s been a key player in the league and helped book his team a place in the Champions League, after becoming the lowest conceding side.

Pep has to make this one midfield change today against Brighton, agreed?

Man City will be looking for a big home victory against Brighton to keep them in contention for their third Premier League title in a row…

Although Man City are expected to win comfortably, Brighton has had a confident start to the season. The Southerners have gained 4 points out of a possible 9. Dropping 3 points away against Southampton after going down to ten men after thirty minutes could be considered an unfair reflection. They have looked like a contending side in each fixture so far.

Brighton will set up in a defensive manner. They are going to be seeking the odd opportunity to counter-attack. However, with Rodri sitting in front of a back four consisting of Kyle Walker and Aymeric Laporte, their chances will be difficult to take.

Unlike their neighbours at Old Trafford, Man City have the quality to break down defensive sides. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and David Silva are more than capable of breaking this side down.

In the one game where David Silva was absent, the Citizens drew to Spurs at the Etihad. The Spaniard is in his last season with Man City after ten years with the club, and that is exactly why he should be left out of this game…

Why should David Silva miss this fixture?

In the past ten years, David Silva has been pivotal to the success of Man City. The Blues have been brilliant at preparing for the future in their recent history, and should prepare for losing David Silva.

Phil Foden, who Guardiola claimed was the best talent he’s ever worked with, should be featuring much more often. His technical ability makes his almost a like-for-like replacement with the Spanish midfielder and wouldn’t hinder their chances of slotting three or four goals past the Brighton goalkeeper.

The final touches: What BBM should be getting right in Rochdale’s training this week

It’s nearly the start of the season and as most teams come to an end of their pre-season campaign’s. The Football Manc Cave are looking at two things Brian Barry-Murphy should have his team working on before the season gets underway.

Rochdale haven’t had a bad pre-season run and it’s looking like new manager, Brian Barry-Murphy has adapted to his role well. The players are also looking as if they have been motivated by their new manager.

The Dale faced one last friendly against Hyde United before they can start their new season and there will surely be a few training sessions to come before we get to see their League campaign. With that in mind, here are two things that Brian Barry-Murphy should have his lads working on this week.


Proving that he’s a very organised man in charge, Murphy released his youthful squad that will face Hyde United a day before the game would take place. He has a very young and fresh line up which will give him the chance to see Rochdale’s youngsters in action and how they handle the pressure.

While this gives the senior squad members rest and keeps them from injury before the start of the season, it also gives Brian Barry-Murphy a chance to pick out the best. He will have the likes of 16-year-old Luke Matheson and 18-year-old Fabio Tavares aiming to impress. If any of the youth can live up to senior squad standards, they should be put through their paces in the last training sessions of the summer.


This summer has seen scholarship players such as Harrison Hopper, Lewis Bradley and Fabio Tavares sign professional contracts. It has also seen new players like Jimmy Ryan sign for the club. Robert Sanchez has also signed for Dale on loan from Brighton.

It seems a lot of changes have been made within the squad and there will definitely be more as the season goes on. However, this will be a test for Brian Barry-Murphy as he will have to get these new and young players to adapt to senior football and to be a part of a new team. Hopefully, he will use these next few training sessions before the season starts to get the team gelling and flowing nicely.

What are Blackburn Rovers getting from former Wigan Athletic ‘keeper

Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of Christian Walton, on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at what the young ‘keeper will offer Rovers next season.

Well, in the two seasons he was at Wigan Athletic, we won a league title and secured safety in the Championship, and he’s been a big part of that – so he’s done well.

Future England No1?

Walton is very highly regarded at Brighton and tipped not only to be their number one in a few years, but also England’s. He signed a five-year contract last year, before signing for us on loan again.

In all honesty, Walton has a lot of learning to do, however, he’s becoming more and more experienced, while playing at a good level. He started last season very well, contributing to our brilliant home form.

Against Leeds Utd at home, live on Sky surprisingly, he made a howler and we lost the game 1-2. Since then, he was never the same. His confidence looked shot and he was actually dropped for a short time.

I’m no goalkeeping expert, however, as a fan sitting in the stands, he never filled with me with a great detail of confidence. He’s just not commanding or brave enough, there were crosses coming into his six-yard box, and he was glued to his line. Similarly, if through balls are a touch heavy from the opposing team, Walton was very slow to recognise that.

The 23 year-olds best attribute is undoubtedly his shot-stopping. Outstanding. From close or long-range, he’s brilliant at getting down and has very strong hands. On the other hand, his kicking is poor. His goal-kicks are average, but dealing with back-passes is a big problem as he just seems to panic.

I think Walton has a good future ahead of him. It’s a move that will benefit all parties, he’ll do a solid job for Blackburn, and head back to Brighton a better player.

Two qualities Man City’s 18y/o will bring to Brighton

The Sun has reported how Man City’s Taylor Richards has signed for Brighton. The Football Manc Cave explores two qualities he will take to his new club.

Brighton has managed to sign the midfielder for a £2.5 million deal. The 18-year-old apparently put pen to paper earlier this week as he signed a 2-year deal. Richards hopes that Brighton will be able to offer him a greater chance at first-team football.

Richards spent two years in Man City’s development squad and managed to be on the bench for Pep Guardiola’s first team against Burton in the Carabao Cup. Now that he has had a shift in teams and is hoping to receive more playing time, what will he bring to Brighton?

High Standards

Richards moved to the Etihad campus in 2015 from Fulham. He regularly trained with the first team. The midfielder would have been put through his paces in training as Pep Guardiola is known to be tough and have high standards. Man City are also known for having great coaching staff who also would have pushed the 18-year-old to his limits. When Richards arrives in training and preseason at Brighton, guarantee that those standards will remain, and he may even inspire a few of the Seagulls players.

Choice of Position

The youngster is known to be an attacking midfielder, however, he is comfortable playing anywhere across the front line. He has been used predominately on the right-wing when he was coming through Man City’s youth teams. Which impressed Guardiola even though the 18-year-old never broke into the first team at the Blues. This gives Graham Potter the chance to move him around in different positions, and see where he fits in best with his team and also has him as back up in case he ever needs a replacement for an injury.

As well as the two qualities he will bring personally, he’ll also have the determination to have a senior role at Brighton, as it will not only give him first-team football, it could also attract England bosses. Richards made 3 appearances for England Under 17’s so he’ll be hoping to prove himself again.

3 key dates for Man City Women that could play a part in their push for the title

Now that full fixtures have been released for the Women’s Super League, The Football Manc Cave are picking out 3 dates that should be key for Man City Women.

Nick Cushing’s side managed to finish 2nd behind Arsenal Women last season. They’ll be out to win the title this campaign. With the signings over the summer such as Ellen White and Aoife Mannion, it’s clear to see that they are hoping to go one better by winning the league.

Now that all the players are back from the World Cup, I’ve picked out 3 dates to look out for next season…

Manchester United WomenSeptember 7th

Manchester United at home. And by home, we mean at the Etihad Stadium. I was hoping that these fixtures would be treated just like the men’s, as a big derby that deserved being watched. I’m so happy that Man City have made this happen, and I hope that Man United will host their game against their rivals at Old Trafford. This will be a great match as Manchester United women who were promoted to the WSL at the end of last season, we will see how they cope. It will also be interested to see both team captains, Steph Houghton and Alex Greenwood go against each other rather than being a part of the same team.

Arsenal Women – February 2nd

Arsenal at home. As the Manchester City were fighting with the Gunners for the title spot last season, this will surely be an exciting game of football. Both dates that they meet each other will be great games. I’ve only picked their home game as a key date, as fans will love to see the two teams go head to head. Man City should have a better chance of getting some points from Arsenal on home soil.

Brighton Women – May 16th

The last match of the season. A key date for most teams, as it will more than likely determine their league position. In this case, Man City could have to win against Brighton women in order to take the Super League title from Arsenal if they can have a promising season once again.

2 things Portsmouth’s Matt Clarke will bring to Brighton

Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke completed a medical yesterday, ahead of his move to Brighton. It will be Graham Potters first signing since taking over The Seagulls, as he looks to build his own side that can push for a mid-table finish next season.

Clarke played a pivotal role in a defence that conceded the least goals in League One last campaign, however, Pompey lost 1-0 to Sunderland in the play-off semi-final. The 22-year-old is destined to play Premier League football, and with Portsmouth failing to reach the Championship, it was inevitable that he would be leaving Fratton Park.

So, let us look at two things that Matt Clarke could offer Brighton from next season…

A ‘ball-playing centre back’

I watched quite a lot of Portsmouth last season, and one thing that always struck me was how good Clarke was on the ball, especially for a League One defender.

Potter is a manger that likes his defenders to play out from the back and looking confident doing it, Clarke fits the bill. Not only a good, physical defender but also the ability to start attacks from deep.

Coincidentally, being a Wigan fan, I know Dan Burn is far from confident when playing this style – may be a return home is on the cards? I’d take it.


Clarke was chucked the Captain’s armband at just 21 years old. He reminds me of Harry Maguire a lot, shaped like a rugby player, just drives forward with the ball and is very difficult to stop when marauding through midfield. For a young player, he has a massive amount of self-confidence and most importantly, ability.

I imagine Potter will be looking to build his side around Clarke, a partnership with Dunk is a pretty good start. It’s a transfer we could look back on in 2/3 years when he’s being sold on for a sizeable fee, and I’ll say – I told he was good.