5:43 PM EST, Mon December 11, 2017
The Busby Babe 4 hours ago
Danny Rose should be United’s next left-back, but they’ll have to be patient to get him

Danny Rose should be United’s next left-back, but they’ll have to be patient to get him

United are reportedly targeting a left-back in January, but Rose is worth waiting for. With less than a month away from the January transfer window, rumors have been floating for several potential Manchester United moves such as Antoine Griezmann and Danny Rose. As exciting as it would be to acquire another big-name goal scoring talent like Griezmann from Atlético Madrid, United’s focus should not be on a striker, but rather a long-term option at left back. With the £76.23m signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton in July, it is clear that United have faith and trust up top in the...
The Busby Babe 5 hours ago
Eric Bailly reportedly set for extended spell on sidelines

Eric Bailly reportedly set for extended spell on sidelines

The Ivorian may be out until the new year with a groin problem. Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could be set for longer on the sidelines than had first been anticipated. The Ivorian picked up a groin injury in the defeat to Chelsea last month, and his absence may continue into the new year. That’s according to the Sun, who claim the 23-year-old is still likely to miss the next six to eight weeks of action. United have a string of very winnable games coming up over the festive period, including league fixtures against Bournemouth, West Brom, Leicester City and Burnley, though...
The Busby Babe 5 hours ago
Romelu Lukaku: Scoreless, but still significant

Romelu Lukaku: Scoreless, but still significant

Lukaku’s goal drought is a worry, but he is still contributing in other ways Romelu Lukaku has been scoreless as of late and has been receiving some harsh criticism from fans and pundits alike about his finishing ability. However, Lukaku has still been a critical and vital player for United this season even though he has not been scoring. Although scoring goals is what they are hired for, being a forward in professional football is about much more than just scoring a lot of goals. Lukaku has been contributing to the team’s success in other ways during this goal drought and these...
Roker Report 5 hours ago
Looking back at the Denis Smith era; Stability, shrewd transfer business & eventual success

Looking back at the Denis Smith era; Stability, shrewd transfer business & eventual success

Long before Chris Coleman ever arrived at the club, a valiant man name Denis rode into Wearside in order to steady a sinking ship - and the current gaffer could do a lot worse than look towards his predecessor for some inspiration as he bids to ward off the threat of relegation to the third tier for the first time since Smith was in charge. The last time Sunderland fell so far as to record both our lowest ever league position and the loss of the Sunderland supporting public was probably back in 1987. Relegated under the watchful eye of Bob Stokoe, the legendary manager who had won the cup...
Roker Report 7 hours ago
What can Chris Coleman do about the Grabban-shaped hole that is about to appear in his side?

What can Chris Coleman do about the Grabban-shaped hole that is about to appear in his side?

With the possibility of Lewis Grabban leaving in January an entirely plausible one, Chris Coleman must plan for what is about to happen. Irrespective of what actually happens with Sunderland’s leading goalscorer Lewis Grabban when the January transfer window opens in a matter of weeks, we must plan accordingly just in case the worst happens. The fact of the matter is that Bournemouth are free to recall Grabban should they wish to do so, such are the terms that Sunderland agreed to upon signing for the forward on loan in the summer. We know this because both Eddie Howe and Chris Coleman...
Roker Report 8 hours ago
Scout Report: Newcastle winger being watched by Sunderland; what’s the crack & is he any good?

Scout Report: Newcastle winger being watched by Sunderland; what’s the crack & is he any good?

Sunderland are supposedly watching Newcastle United youngster Alex Gilliead. The winger is currently on loan at Bradford, but is he any good and would he cross the divide? Newcastle youngster Alex Gilliead was mooted as a target for Sunderland recently. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at League One Bradford and has featured 18 times for the Bantams this season. His stint in West Yorkshire is scheduled to finish in January, which explains him being linked with various other sides at the moment. The Black Cats are one of a number of Championship sides said to be monitoring his progress,...
The Busby Babe 11 hours ago
Champions League last 16 draw: Manchester United will play Sevilla

Champions League last 16 draw: Manchester United will play Sevilla

It’s a trip to Spain for United. With the league title now looking a distant prospect, it’s time for Manchester United to focus on Europe. And as if by happy coincidence, the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League took place this morning, and United were drawn against Sevilla. We don’t think Jose Mourinho will be too unhappy with that, assuming he’s managed to get all the milk out of his hair. This isn’t because Sevilla are easy opponents — Liverpool struggled to beat them in the group stage, in rather amusing fashion — but because United avoided Real Madrid and Bayern...
Roker Report 12 hours ago
Finally it feels like we are getting somewhere; 4 things Sunderland fans can be positive about

Finally it feels like we are getting somewhere; 4 things Sunderland fans can be positive about

It's time for me to snap out of my cynical stupor - it is Christmas after all, and we've finally got something to shout about! Chris Coleman I love this man. Admittedly I’m biased, for his achievements propelled my nation to highs we’d never experienced before – his tenure was incredible. With Coleman I believe we have stumbled upon the ‘real deal.’ He’s hit every nail on the head in his early Sunderland career, and it was a thrill to listen to him engage with fans on BBC Radio Newcastle last week. Yes, admittedly we lost to Aston Villa and Reading, but the Burton and Wolves...
The Busby Babe 13 hours ago
Credulous rubes interested in another Old Trafford food fight

Credulous rubes interested in another Old Trafford food fight

It’s not the story. We should apparently care that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, United and City players and Mikel Arteta got into a heated debate yesterday, one that ended with Arteta getting brained, and Mourinho having milk poured over him. This is nakedly a case of Mourinho deciding to do two things. One, recreate the aggro atmosphere that dominated the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, one that psychologically damaged everyone involved but ultimately ended with Mourinho winning the league and driving Pep Guardiola to distraction. Two, to distract from another...
Roker Report 15 hours ago
22 points minimum; stats are definite on number Sunderland must collect by end of festive period

22 points minimum; stats are definite on number Sunderland must collect by end of festive period

Sunderland can really capitalise on a hard-earned point at Wolves by making it count with a pair of upcoming home fixtures. But how many points do we need to pick up the turn of the new year? A hard-earned draw at Wolves will count for little if Sunderland can’t gain some momentum going into the festive period by collecting points from the next two fixtures which are on our own patch. Chris Coleman’s side have a home game with mid-table Fulham next weekend then a match against relegation rivals Birmingham at the Stadium of Light seven days later. The festive programme continues with...
Roker Report 23 hours ago
Roker Rapport Podcast: Episode #53 - Talking Wolves, Bally, and Cattermole’s future

Roker Rapport Podcast: Episode #53 - Talking Wolves, Bally, and Cattermole’s future

Joining us in the studio this week is Luke Ball, son of Kevin, as we mull over Saturday’s draw at Wolves, the decline of Lee Cattermole, and Kevin Ball’s current role at the club. Join us - you can hear this week’s show on iTunes, Acast and Youtube. What are we talking about this week? Wolves - good result? Coleman’s tactics and how well executed they were; The importance of the young players; Lee Cattermole’s moment of madness & where he goes from here; Kevin Ball - his current role at the club and, in Luke’s own words, what it’s like being the son of a Sunderland...
The Busby Babe Dec 10, 2017
Five things we learned from United’s Manchester derby loss

Five things we learned from United’s Manchester derby loss

United concede too much ground, and Lukaku’s struggles continue. Here are five things we learned as Manchester United lost 2-1 against bitter rivals Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s side extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to eleven points. Lukaku struggles again It feels disingenuous to criticise a lone striker in a game in which he was starved of service but there is no getting away from the fact that Romelu Lukaku had an absolute nightmare here. It was only David de Gea’s heroics that prevented the Belgian from conceding an own goal when defending a...
The Busby Babe Dec 10, 2017
Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City: Defensive errors cost Reds dear in derby loss

Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City: Defensive errors cost Reds dear in derby loss

United let themselves down, and City extended their lead at the top of the table. Manchester United were dealt a crushing home defeat by Manchester City, losing for the first time at Old Trafford in the league for over year. David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi scored either side of the break to put United’s neighbors 11 points clear at the top of the table and surely on course for a Premier League title. José Mourinho opted for a back four to match up with City’s preferred formation, but his selection of a pacy front four was an early indication of his intent to play counter-attacking...
Roker Report Dec 10, 2017
Quick Kicks: Was that Lee Cattermole’s lowest ever moment in a Sunderland shirt?

Quick Kicks: Was that Lee Cattermole’s lowest ever moment in a Sunderland shirt?

In today’s Quick Kicks we are mulling over the key talking points coming out of yesterday’s draw at Wolves. Cattermole’s worst day? Would I be going too far in saying that yesterday’s showing from Lee Cattermole - one that ultimately ended when he was sent off after picking up two stupid yellow cards in quick succession - was perhaps his worst ever since arriving at Sunderland many years ago? If ever a performance defined just how far a man who was once a crowd favourite has fallen, it was this one. It was easier to defend Cattermole’s on-field stupidity when he was younger, but...
Roker Report Dec 10, 2017
Supposed Sunderland target was blocked from talking to prospective new clubs just last week

Supposed Sunderland target was blocked from talking to prospective new clubs just last week

Sunderland have been credited with an interest in Edwin Gyasi but the Ghanian was reportedly blocked from talking to new clubs just last week. The Sunday People reckon Sunderland have joined Nottingham Forest in pursuing Ghana international Edwin Gyasi. The 26-year-old plies his trade for Eliteserien outfit Aalesunds FK but according to reports in Norway last week, he was blocked from talking to prospective new clubs as he continues to seek a way out of Scandinavian football. Gyasi reportedly informed a Norwegian newspaper a couple of weeks ago that he would be meeting a ‘big club’...
The Busby Babe Dec 10, 2017
Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Live stream, Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Live stream, Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

Get the team news and find out how to watch Sunday’s Manchester derby. Here we go. Manchester United host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, in the biggest match of the season thus far. United are hoping to make a dent in City’s eight point lead at the top of the table, while City will be hoping for anything other than a loss so that they can start crowning themselves champions-elect in December. United will have to defeat their impressive rivals without the services of the suspended Paul Pogba. David Silva has SHOCKINGLY recovered in time for City, who are still missing...
Roker Report Dec 10, 2017
The Bain rehabilitation: Coleman coup & McInnes dithering have begun to redeem Sunderland CEO

The Bain rehabilitation: Coleman coup & McInnes dithering have begun to redeem Sunderland CEO

Chris Coleman’s appointment and the fall-out from Rangers pursuit of Derek McInnes have gone some way to beginning a rehabilitation of Sunderland CEO Martin Bain’s image. It would be fair to say that Martin Bain has enjoyed a difficult relationship with fans on Wearside during 2017. But the necessary dispatching of Simon Grayson, the coup to land Chris Coleman and the recent farce at Rangers involving Derek McInnes means the Sunderland chief executive can begin the new year feeling somewhat vindicated after his annus horribilis. Bain has taken the brunt of fan ire for some significant...
The Busby Babe Dec 9, 2017
How should Manchester United line up against Manchester City?

How should Manchester United line up against Manchester City?

Pogba’s absence presents a selection dilemma. Three at the back? Pack the midfield? The first Manchester derby of the season is less than 24 hours away. Premier League leaders (ugh) Manchester City take a short trip across the city to Old Trafford to face second place Manchester United on Sunday. United’s talisman and best outfield player Paul Pogba is suspended for the match due to a red card picked up against Arsenal last weekend, when Hector Bellerin recklessly threw his leg under our Paul’s boot. What a scoundrel. The good news is that Nemanja Matić will play. Zlatan Ibrahimović...
Roker Report Dec 9, 2017
Wolves 0-0 Sunderland: Mackems resilient despite Cattermole’s stupidity; Player Ratings & Report

Wolves 0-0 Sunderland: Mackems resilient despite Cattermole’s stupidity; Player Ratings & Report

Sunderland gave a fantastic team performance when down to ten men in order to pick up a point and clean sheet against table-toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers. Here’s how it went, and how the lads rated. Sunderland battled to a draw this afternoon in Wolverhampton, despite going down to ten men after Lee Cattermole was sent off in the second half after picking up two yellow cards in a matter of minutes. It was a fantastic team effort and youngsters Tyias Browning, Lynden Gooch and George Honeyman all stood out in what was a resolute and well executed team performance from Chris Coleman’s...
Roker Report Dec 9, 2017
The Big Match: Wolves v SAFC; snow is falling all around me, Sunderland to win in Black Country

The Big Match: Wolves v SAFC; snow is falling all around me, Sunderland to win in Black Country

Don your woolly gloves and knitted scarves - Sunderland take on Wolves in a snowy West Midlands this afternoon where a famous win beckons for Chris Coleman. It’s game number 21 of the Championship 2017/18 season as Sunderland roll into Wolverhampton to face the league leaders this afternoon. Sunderland are considerably better on the road than they are on home soil, but considering we’re total toilet (pun intended) at the Stadium of Light, it’s unlikely opposition boss man Nuno Espirito Santo will have lost too much sleep last night. In case you didn’t catch the news, snow shovels...

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