Trevor Steven is a former England footballer who played in both the 1986 and 1990 World Cups and the 1988 European Championships. A tricky winger who helped Everton capture the league, FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup in the mid-80s, Steven went onto win top-flight titles in France, with Marseille, and Scotland, with Rangers. He now works as a talent scout and media commentator.
ONE week you’re beating one of the Bundesliga’s finest 5-0, the next you’re losing at home to your old club. David Moyes must be as frustrated as anyone with Manchester United’s violent inconsistency.
FORMER England captain Alan Shearer is right when he says England have no chance of winning the World Cup because they have no world class players – and events on Tuesday night illustrated why perfectly.
ONLY since the final whistle blew at Old Trafford on Sunday have we seen just how important their win over Arsenal was to Manchester United.
FOR TWO managers of London clubs the moment of truth is drawing near, and this week could have a decisive impact on their fortunes.
WHEN I tipped Chelsea for the Premier League back in August, I did not for one moment think that the man to make the difference in the title race would be Fernando Torres.
ROY Hodgson can take great, great positives from the wins over Poland and Montenegro that clinched England’s qualification for the World Cup.
NOT so long ago Joe Hart had it all: No1 for the champions and England, and seemingly set to stay that way for years to come, but Wednesday’s error-strewn display against Bayern Munich laid bare his deterioration.
JOSE Mourinho’s face looked unusually ashen as his Chelsea side slipped to their first home Champions League group stage defeat for a decade against Basel on Wednesday night.
ENGLAND’S uninspiring draw in Ukraine may have produced a sufficient result but the performance was further proof that this country is not producing enough quality players.
THE £30m signing of attacker Willian aside, it was not the players who arrived at Chelsea during the transfer window so much as the ones that they allowed to leave that interested me most.
A LONG summer of transfer speculation has revolved in no small part around north London and, with 10 days to go, Tottenham look to have managed it better than Arsenal, despite the imminent loss of their best player.
THE JURY’S out on how David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini will perform at United and City, but Jose Mourinho brings with him a certainty to Chelsea and that is a very big positive.
WAYNE Rooney should be staying at Manchester United until the end of his career. I think a move to Chelsea would be nothing more than a short-term morale boost.
ALMOST eight weeks on from the end of the season and, while a number of clubs have moved quickly to snap up players, England’s biggest teams look to have some major spending still to be done.
IT’S EASY to feel like Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea for a second stint as manager will mean the Portuguese picking up exactly where he left off, but that can’t happen.
ENGLAND’S current striking injury crisis has only served to highlight the shortage of international-class attacking talent at manager Roy Hodgson’s disposal, beyond the four or five established names.
TOMORROW’S climax to the club football season should be an entertaining spectacle, as both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund favour attacking play and boast hugely talented individuals.
CHELSEA’S Europa League final-winning goals could not have come from two more fitting players on a night when their never-say-die attitude proved the deciding factor.
TYPICAL of the man, Sir Alex Ferguson surprised us all with the timing of his announcement and I’m sure he has approved the identity of his replacement.
NEVER go back, they say in football, but Jose Mourinho’s possible return to Chelsea would be a shot in the arm, not just for the club but also for the Premier League.
EVALUATING just how good this Manchester United side is in comparison to Sir Alex Ferguson’s many other title-winning teams at Old Trafford is a difficult one, because they have won the Premier League so comfortably.
YOU know when you’ve witnessed something special and I leapt to my feet in the commentary box when Michael Owen announced himself to the rest of the world with that goal against Argentina in 1998.
I WOULD have been a little surprised if Manchester United winger Nani had been shown a yellow card for his now infamous challenge during Tuesday’s defeat to Real Madrid, but a red card was a ridiculous decision.