The opening-day defeat to Swansea City could be a blessing in disguise, as it underlined the need for Louis van Gaal to be given money to spend before the transfer window closes
Monday, August 18, 2014
COMMENT: The Uruguay forward is set to make his debut alongside the Argentine on Monday night and the two could hold the key to the club's success under Luis Enrique
Spain's Primera Division kicks off again this weekend with three teams in the mix for the title in what promises to be another fascinating campaign. But who will come out on top?
COMMENT: Aurelio De Laurentiis is under attack for tightening the purse strings ahead of Tuesday's meeting with Athletic Bilbao but is he being parsimonious or prudent?
With just over two weeks until the 2014 market closes, how are Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and Europe's biggest sides faring?
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Manuel Pellegrini's men never troubled top gear in beating Newcastle United 2-0 at St James' Park but still emerged from the toughest assignment of the weekend with three points
COMMENT: The new 'SAS' scored the Reds' goals as they beat Southampton 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday despite an unconvincing performance in their Premier League opener
Goals from Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, David Alaba and Claudio Pizarro wrapped up a comfortable win for Die Roten against Munster, despite goalkeeper Daniel Masuch's best efforts
The Nigeria international's transfer to Qatar has been seen as a move away from the spotlight, but how should we judge the young striker?
ANALYSIS: In a sport where the coach is responsible for all team decisions, the man chosen to wear the armband must find his own way to influence the side
Following a string of big-money moves this summer, Goal takes a look at how a team with the most priciest players in each position would look
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Goals from Lucas and Edinson Cavani ensured Laurent Blanc's men picked up their first win of the Ligue 1 campaign at the expense of Claude Makelele's side
The Dutchman suffered defeat in his opening game in charge at Old Trafford and the extent of the job at hand in transforming the team was laid bare
Upton Park appeared set for all the world to witness a goalless draw until Eric Dier rounded Adrian to slot home in injury time and give Mauricio Pochettino a debut victory
A late Chris Wood strike earns the Foxes an opening day point after Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith had twice given the visitors the lead either side of a José Ulloa equaliser.
A sole James Chester header saw the Tigers grab all three points, with Charlie Austin missing a penalty in a frantic final 15 minutes at Loftus Road
A second-half strike from Andreas Weimann secured all three points for Paul Lambert's side, whose pace and energy going forward proved too much for the toothless Potters
West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland kicked off their seasons in some style at the Hawthorns, in a flowing and often attractive encounter which saw four well-worked goals scored.
The Red Devils and Chevrolet marked the beginning of the new season with a special 'Name Swap' event before Louis van Gaal's team succumbed to a Gylfi Sigurdsson winner
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starred as Jurgen Klopp's side advanced to the second round of the DFB-Pokal against the hard-working third-tier outfit