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Progress has been made this season, but problems remain at Manchester United
Can Man United solve their squad’s shortcomings in a single summer?
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One man has been more integral than most to Man City's remarkable season
Rúben Dias has shone at the heart of the Etihad outfit’s defence.
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Guardiola goes back to what he knows best to find all the answers to unprecedented challenge
City can reclaim their title this weekend, in what will be a triumph for their era-defining manager.
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Breakaway fiasco gives Premier League the chance to fix its greatest flaw
The question now turns to how the Big Six should be punished for their scheming. Should they be hit by points deductions and transfer bans? Or should they be hit where it hurts most?
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What now for Matt Doherty?
The Irish international has had a difficult first season at new club Tottenham.
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Liverpool's most obvious problem was exposed again last night
The Reds were left frustrated amid a 0-0 draw with Real Madrid at Anfield.
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LOI title race may be far more open than before as the big two clash at Tallaght
Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk meet at Tallaght Stadium tonight.
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Has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer done enough to deserve a new £9 million-a-year contract?
Reports have suggested the Man United boss is set to be rewarded with a new deal.
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One of the all-time Premier League greats looks set to bow out
At 32, Sergio Aguero appears to be on the verge of a Manchester City exit.
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Where has it all gone wrong for Liverpool?
Alex Ferguson set the template for transitioning successful Premier League sides ahead of the 1995-96 season.
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From 'the biggest fool in Manchester' to manager-of-the-season contender
Seven years on from the United debacle, David Moyes is helping West Ham reach new heights.
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There's one obvious contender for Premier League Player of the Year as it stands
Ilkay Gundogan has starred for a dominant Manchester City this season.
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What is going on with Gareth Bale at Tottenham?
The Wales star looks a shadow of his former self at present.
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Dissecting 5 theories on what's gone wrong at Liverpool
The Reds have endured an underwhelming season so far.
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Has Chelsea's harsh approach to managers helped make them England's most successful club since 2003?
No Premier League team has won as many trophies as the Blues since the Roman Abramovich era began.
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Spurs just the right size club for Mourinho as he rediscovers his mojo
If Manchester United and Real Madrid were too big for him, Jose is finding Spurs to be the perfect fit for a career redemption.
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The two teams most likely to topple Liverpool face off
Tottenham and Chelsea will be aiming to outline their title credentials on Sunday.
# Analysis
Has Paul Pogba reached a point of no return at Man United?
The Frenchman has been reduced to a substitute role on more than one occasion this season.
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Man City challenge leaves Klopp in a selection conundrum over one of his key men
For the first time under the German, Roberto Firmino is under pressure to justify his place.
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Can Tottenham's world-class duo inspire an unlikely title challenge?
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in particular have caught the eye since the season began.
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Marcus Rashford is a hero the Premier League scarcely deserves
The Manchester United striker has led an enormous community effort to feed children in poverty, after the UK government refused to extend meal vouchers through to next year.
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Is the Premier League's Project Big Picture really such a bad idea?
It s a naked power grab by the biggest clubs, but with the lower leagues fighting for their lives after decades of Premier League greed, it may be worth accepting.
# Analysis
What most pundits are overlooking in the Premier League handball debate
A decision at the end of the Tottenham-Newcastle game last weekend has caused much uproar.
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Can Aaron Connolly succeed where most Irish strikers struggle?
The 20-year-old Galway native was on target against Newcastle last weekend.
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Can a familiar face bail out Mourinho and Spurs?
Gareth Bale is set to re-join the North London club.
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McCarthy's Sky commentary a comical counterpoint as Kenny's Ireland show signs of real change
Although he initially looked uneasy with the new style, Shane Duffy showed some of Ireland’s traditional strengths to rescue a draw in Bulgaria.
There is no question who should have been awarded the Ballon d'Or this year
Robert Lewandowski completed a memorable season by helping Bayern win the Champions League last night.
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From struggling at West Brom to setting the Champions League alight
Serge Gnabry’s brace helped Bayern Munich overcome Lyon in last night’s semi-final.
# Analysis
Promising Irish starlet hands reality check to Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer
Michael Obafemi’s last-gasp equaliser caused a setback to the Red Devils’ Champions League ambitions.
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John Egan a strong contender for Irish player of the season - and it could be about to get even better
The Sheffield United centre-back has been a key figure amid a remarkable season for the club.
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Is Jose Mourinho now yesterday's man?
The Portuguese manager saw his Tottenham side’s Champions League hopes diminish amid a loss to Sheffield United on Thursday.
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This Liverpool side will be remembered as one of the Premier League greats
The Reds were confirmed as league champions for the first time since 1990 last night.
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Hundreds of millions of talent on show, but a £60k purchase from Sligo the standout in Merseyside derby
Irish captain Seamus Coleman was named man of the match for his display in the Everton-Liverpool game.
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Liverpool may not be remembered as one of the great sides - but that won't matter if they win the title
Their aura has been dented amid a slump in form.
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United return to the scene of their biggest crime under Solskjaer and must make amends
Performances in these final three months of the campaign will provide the strongest indication yet that the Norwegian’s methods are working.
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A wretched week shows why Manchester City will never be as loved as Guardiola and the club want
The club’s reputation has been hugely damaged following an extraordinary seven days.
# Analysis
Man United ride their luck in Chelsea win
The Red Devils revived their Champions League hopes with a win over their top-four rivals.
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Do you agree with our Premier League team of the season so far?
Just the seven Liverpool players make our selection.
# Analysis
Who will lose out in the Premier League's 6-team relegation battle?
West Ham, Norwich and Watford are some of the clubs fearing the drop.
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Can Frank Lampard handle the increased expectation at Chelsea?
The manager is now facing more scrutiny than at any point in his short coaching career thus far.