Charles Britten

Author Archive: Charles Britten

The author is an online journalist working in content marketing since 2006 for the Adfero News Agency through its Direct News and Content Plus mediums. Studied magazine journalism at postgraduate level at Harlow College 2005-06. Born and raised in the Manchester area,has been following football since the early 1980s.

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Manchester United Comment: Why Fergie time lasted so long

Manchester United Comment: Why Fergie time lasted so long

At around 10 pm in Britain on Tuesday night, the first hint of what was to come emerged on the airwaves. Suggestions that Sir Alex Ferguson was considering retirement after 27 years at Old Trafford were like a minor earthquake a day before ‘the big one’ hits. It would be an exaggeration to suggest that [...]

Manchester City’s Past FA Cup Finals

Manchester City’s Past FA Cup Finals

Tonight (May 7th) sees Manchester City play at home to West Bromwich Albion, their last Premiership game before the FA Cup Final. While there is still the runners-up spot to be clinched, the night will inevitably be affected by the big game at Wembley, partly through the likely team selection and also the chance at [...]

Why Manchester City will easily clinch runners-up spot

Why Manchester City will easily clinch runners-up spot

For Manchester City, the season has been the proverbial curate’s egg. Good in parts, of course, has not been enough to retain the Premiership title they won so thrillingly last year in the face of Manchester United’s relentless form. However, it may yet bring the FA Cup and a runner’s-up spot. The FA Cup Final [...]

Manchester United and City players make up almost half PFA team

Manchester United and City players make up almost half PFA team

As expected, it was Tottenham’s Gareth Bale who won the Professional Football Association (PFA) Footballer of the year award, but the team of the year, like the league table, was dominated by Manchester. No less than four Manchester United players – Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand and David de Gea – were in [...]

Robin van Persie’s Triumph Gives Arsenal Conundrum

Robin van Persie’s Triumph Gives Arsenal Conundrum

The transfer of Robin van Persie to Manchester United was never going to go down well with Arsenal fans. Having seen the likes of Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas before him leaving the Emirates seemed bad enough, not least as two of them picked up Premier League winners medals with Manchester City, something [...]

Manchester United Comment: He’s why they’re champions

Manchester United Comment: He’s why they’re champions

Having lost the Premier League race in the final moments of last season in such dramatic circumstances, Manchester United responded with two serious statements of intent. Not for them any talk of “value in the market” and signing players under 27 because of their resale value. The arrival of Manchester City demanded a response and [...]

Manchester United await winning moment

Manchester United await winning moment

Right now, Manchester United fans may be forgiven for wishing to be a little choosy about where, how and when they finally clinch the Premier League title, not least as the issue of whether the would has long been a foregone conclusion. Following this week’s midweek games in which United drew 2-2 at West Ham [...]

FA Cup should make Roberto Mancini’s job secure

FA Cup should make Roberto Mancini’s job secure

It was a weekend in which Manchester’s big two moved within touching distance of carrying off English football’s two main domestic trophies. While Manchester United have been nailed-on certainties to win the league for several weeks now, they ensured any possibility of even a modicum of doubt emerging was snuffed out with their 2-0 win [...]

Manchester City: Roberto Mancini planned his way to victory

Manchester City: Roberto Mancini planned his way to victory

In the end, it was an outstanding run and strike by Sergio Aguero with 12 minutes left that won the derby for Manchester City, but it was the more positive approach of Roberto Mancini’s men that created the chance to win the match. Watching the match at Old Trafford, it was clear from early on [...]

Time for another classic Manchester Derby?

Time for another classic Manchester Derby?

By the time you read this, everyone will know how good a game the latest Manchester Derby has been. But whoever the winner – should there be one – neutrals will be hoping for a wonderful game between the two best sides in the country. And they may not be disappointed. True, there will be [...]

The worst thing about the Manchester derby

The worst thing about the Manchester derby

In theory, there can be nothing better for a writer on Manchester football matters to cover than the Manchester derby. After all, it is one of the biggest matches of the season for both clubs and these days is one of great significance following the rise of Manchester City since the billionaires of Abu Dhabi [...]

Sunderland move a strange one after United defeat

Sunderland move a strange one after United defeat

Many curious, inexplicable and downright insane goings-on take place in any football season – and that’s just with Mario Balotelli about – but few can be stranger than the aftermath of Manchester United’s win at Sunderland. The final scoreline of 1-0 to the visitors – which flattered the home side – replicated the barest facts [...]

How the Manchester United and Manchester City players performed for England

How the Manchester United and Manchester City players performed for England

The two England performances against San Marino and Moldova produced some very mixed feelings, from the gentle amusement of the easiest win imaginable against the most pointless opponents to the game of two halves in Podgorica that has left fans feeling the angst. Whatever these contrasts, one constant was the presence of many players from [...]

Is it Time for Joleon Lescott to Leave Manchester City?

Is it Time for Joleon Lescott to Leave Manchester City?

There comes a point when every player knows it’s time to move on. At one end of their career, there may be a time to move on to a bigger club. At the other, age may have caught up with them and it proves time to take the step down to a lesser club. For [...]

Not a Chicken in Sight: Why Manchester City are not Blackburn Rovers

Not a Chicken in Sight: Why Manchester City are not Blackburn Rovers

Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers have one very obvious thing in common; both have won a Premier League title thanks to a massive injection of funds brought about through wealthy ownership. Long before the Abu Dhabi United consortium came to Manchester or Roman Abramovic took over Chelsea, it was steel magnate Jack Walker who bankrolled [...]

Manchester City Seek to Fix their Everton Problem this Weekend at Goodison Park

Manchester City Seek to Fix their Everton Problem this Weekend at Goodison Park

Manchester City are already drinking in the last chance saloon when it comes to trying to retain their Premier League title. Even victory in all their remaining games would still leave Manchester United only needing another 19 points from their final ten to regain the title. Whether United could stumble at the last as they [...]