Andy Mitten

Andy Mitten

Andy Mitten is a journalist and author. He founded the best-selling United We Stand fanzine as a 15-year-old. A journalism graduate, he's interviewed over 500 famous footballers past and present. His work has taken him to over 100 countries, writing about football from Israel to Iran, Brazil to Barbados. Born and bred in Manchester, he divides his time between his city of birth and Barcelona, Spain.

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On The Ball | As Bundesliga restart provides bliss for starved football fans, Schalke executive says German utopia is no more

Schalke will meet Borussia Dortmund in Ruhr derby on Saturday.

25 May 2020 - 2:27PM

Schalke will meet Borussia Dortmund in Ruhr derby on Saturday.

As Bundesliga restart provides bliss for starved football fans, Schalke executive says German utopia is no more
Manchester United to try out safe standing at Old Trafford when football returns

Club has been allowed to introduce a 1,500-capacity section of ‘rail seating’ by local council with MUST negotiating who will take part in first official return of standing section since 1994.

29 Apr 2020 - 10:24PM

Club has been allowed to introduce a 1,500-capacity section of ‘rail seating’ by local council with MUST negotiating who will take part in first official return of standing section since 1994.

Manchester United to try out safe standing at Old Trafford when football returns
On The Ball | The iconic football stadiums falling by the wayside in the name of progress

New stadiums continue to proliferate across the world leading to the loss of more iconic venues.

21 Apr 2020 - 6:01PM

New stadiums continue to proliferate across the world leading to the loss of more iconic venues.

The iconic football stadiums falling by the wayside in the name of progress
On The Ball | Coronavirus crisis underlines importance of football’s match going fans in new world of armchair supporters

The Premier League is so popular because of its full stadiums, especially for armchair supporters watching on TV, so why play games before the coronavirus lockdown ends?

15 Apr 2020 - 4:32PM

The Premier League is so popular because of its full stadiums, especially for armchair supporters watching on TV, so why play games before the coronavirus lockdown ends?

Coronavirus crisis underlines importance of football’s match going fans in new world of armchair supporters
On The Ball | Late-bloomer Macheda the main man in Greece, but wishes he could have made it in Manchester

Federico Macheda is at the top of the Greek league’s scoring charts and the nomadic striker feels settled in Greece.

6 Apr 2020 - 5:48PM

Federico Macheda is at the top of the Greek league’s scoring charts and the nomadic striker feels settled in Greece.

Late-bloomer Macheda the main man in Greece, but wishes he could have made it in Manchester
On The Ball | Race for Jadon Sancho’s signature may have few runners, but Manchester United lead the way

Manchester United look set to be favourites to land England international when the market reopens with Sancho free to join the club after Manchester City opt against a restriction clause.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:53PM

Manchester United look set to be favourites to land England international when the market reopens with Sancho free to join the club after Manchester City opt against a restriction clause.

Race for Jadon Sancho’s signature may have few runners, but Manchester United lead the way
On The Ball | La Liga off but there is light amid Spain’s coronavirus lockdown

La Liga is off but there is light amid Spain’s coronavirus lockdown as country adapts to life indoors with online discos and shared jokes.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:50PM

La Liga is off but there is light amid Spain’s coronavirus lockdown as country adapts to life indoors with online discos and shared jokes.

La Liga off but there is light amid Spain’s coronavirus lockdown
On The Ball | Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘coronavirus hotels’ another of football’s fake feel-good stories

Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘coronavirus hotels’ another of football’s fake feel-good stories but players can be turned on when rumour is debunked.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:51PM

Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘coronavirus hotels’ another of football’s fake feel-good stories but players can be turned on when rumour is debunked.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘coronavirus hotels’ another of football’s fake feel-good stories
Unflappable Nemanja Matic helps Manchester United to another win over City and cements his place at the heart of midfield

Matic has become an integral part of resurgent Manchester United’s midfield in recent week and has taken advantage of Paul Pogba’s absence to make the midfield spot his own.

9 Mar 2020 - 3:12PM

Matic has become an integral part of resurgent Manchester United’s midfield in recent week and has taken advantage of Paul Pogba’s absence to make the midfield spot his own.

Unflappable Nemanja Matic helps Manchester United to another win over City and cements his place at the heart of midfield
Germany’s ultra fans are fighting for the future of Bundesliga clubs and against the establishment

Protests at Bundesliga matches last weekend threatened to disrupt the league programme as left-wing ultra groups of supporters show their determination to protect their clubs against rich owners.

2 Mar 2020 - 1:16PM

Protests at Bundesliga matches last weekend threatened to disrupt the league programme as left-wing ultra groups of supporters show their determination to protect their clubs against rich owners.

Germany’s ultra fans are fighting for the future of Bundesliga clubs and against the establishment
On The Ball | Bruno Fernandes hits the ground running as Manchester United finally fill No 10 hole

January signing has enjoyed a fine start to his Manchester United career and grabbed a first goal in the win on Sunday.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:51PM

January signing has enjoyed a fine start to his Manchester United career and grabbed a first goal in the win on Sunday.

Bruno Fernandes hits the ground running as Manchester United finally fill No 10 hole
Eric Bailly soars on swift return to Manchester United defence; ready for extended run in the team

Bailly was only told on Sunday that he was in line for a quick return to the United starting line-up after injury, but is pivotal to United’s impressive win over Chelsea.

18 Feb 2020 - 5:41PM

Bailly was only told on Sunday that he was in line for a quick return to the United starting line-up after injury, but is pivotal to United’s impressive win over Chelsea.

Eric Bailly soars on swift return to Manchester United defence; ready for extended run in the team
On The Ball | Manchester United ‘as toxic as 1989-90 season’ and in need of Premier League wins not PR

Manchester United ‘as toxic as 1989-90 season’ and in need of Premier League wins not PR for Ed Woodward and Glazer family.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:51PM

Manchester United ‘as toxic as 1989-90 season’ and in need of Premier League wins not PR for Ed Woodward and Glazer family.

Manchester United ‘as toxic as 1989-90 season’ and in need of Premier League wins not PR
On The Ball | Uefa Champions League beckons for Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City

Vardy not VAR carrying Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City back into Uefa Champions League.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:51PM

Vardy not VAR carrying Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City back into Uefa Champions League.

Uefa Champions League beckons for Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City
On The Ball | Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs support to succeed

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticised over Alexis Sanchez comments and lack of new recruits.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:51PM

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticised over Alexis Sanchez comments and lack of new recruits.

Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs support to succeed
On The Ball | Manchester United linked to Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani but will they gamble?

Manchester United linked to Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need reinforcing to offset injuries to Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:52PM

Manchester United linked to Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need reinforcing to offset injuries to Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

Manchester United linked to Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani but will they gamble?
On The Ball | From Manchester United to Zaragoza: Shinji Kagawa – the rise and fall of ‘one of the best players in the world’

Attacking midfielder Kagawa was called one of the best players in the world by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp but now finds himself on the fringes of Spanish second division side.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:52PM

Attacking midfielder Kagawa was called one of the best players in the world by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp but now finds himself on the fringes of Spanish second division side.

From Manchester United to Zaragoza: Shinji Kagawa – the rise and fall of ‘one of the best players in the world’
On The Ball | Manchester United cutting Man City allocation rids League Cup derby of spice

Tickets still on sale for Old Trafford with fears that away fans could buy them like Liverpool Europa League clash in 2016.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:52PM

Tickets still on sale for Old Trafford with fears that away fans could buy them like Liverpool Europa League clash in 2016.

Manchester United cutting Man City allocation rids League Cup derby of spice
On The Ball | Manchester United end Erling Haaland interest after Mino Raiola’s demands prove too much

Manchester United walk away from Erling Haaland transfer after agent Mino Raiola’s demands prove too much for Old Trafford club.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:52PM

Manchester United walk away from Erling Haaland transfer after agent Mino Raiola’s demands prove too much for Old Trafford club.

Manchester United end Erling Haaland interest after Mino Raiola’s demands prove too much
Manchester derby: United and City fans in uproar after clubs cut away quotas by 60 per cent for League Cup clash

The teams meet in the semi-finals of the tournament, with only 3,000 seats available for each side

24 Dec 2019 - 5:31PM

The teams meet in the semi-finals of the tournament, with only 3,000 seats available for each side

Manchester derby: United and City fans in uproar after clubs cut away quotas by 60 per cent for League Cup clash
Opinion | Premier League clubs’ focus on China market means they’ll keep making missteps when it comes to morals

Arsenal have distanced themselves from their player Mesut Ozil’s recent comments on China’s treatment on Muslims. There’s too much at stake for Premier League clubs.

17 Dec 2019 - 6:03PM

Arsenal have distanced themselves from their player Mesut Ozil’s recent comments on China’s treatment on Muslims. There’s too much at stake for Premier League clubs.

Premier League clubs’ focus on China market means they’ll keep making missteps when it comes to morals
Opinion | Manchester United’s derby win over City hints at Solskjaer’s vision of future as academy products and his signings shine at The Etihad

Beating champions City was club’s best result since overcoming PSG in the Uefa Champions League in March.

10 Dec 2019 - 4:10PM

Beating champions City was club’s best result since overcoming PSG in the Uefa Champions League in March.

Manchester United’s derby win over City hints at Solskjaer’s vision of future as academy products and his signings shine at The Etihad
Opinion | Manchester United youngsters Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams leading the way for new class, says academy boss Nicky Butt

Premier League club played youngest side this season away to Astana in Europa League.

4 Dec 2019 - 8:24AM

Premier League club played youngest side this season away to Astana in Europa League.

Manchester United youngsters Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams leading the way for new class, says academy boss Nicky Butt
Opinion | A sleepless night and Twitter backlash after Manchester United’s latest Premier League setback

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s young side battle back to rescue a draw from 2-0 down at Bramall Lane, but United’s dismal first 70 minutes against Sheffield United leads some fans on Twitter to consider how the current Manchester United side ranks to previous iterations.

26 Nov 2019 - 6:47PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s young side battle back to rescue a draw from 2-0 down at Bramall Lane, but United’s dismal first 70 minutes against Sheffield United leads some fans on Twitter to consider how the current Manchester United side ranks to previous iterations.

A sleepless night and Twitter backlash after Manchester United’s latest Premier League setback
Opinion | Manchester United are all in on a planned expansion of Fifa’s lucrative Club World Cup

Under current proposals, United could qualify through winning the Uefa Europa League.

19 Nov 2019 - 12:45PM

Under current proposals, United could qualify through winning the Uefa Europa League.

Manchester United are all in on a planned expansion of Fifa’s lucrative Club World Cup
Opinion | Manchester United’s Brandon Williams impressing Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and former left backs

Teenager named man of the match after impressing on English Premier League debut at Old Trafford.

11 Nov 2019 - 4:40PM

Teenager named man of the match after impressing on English Premier League debut at Old Trafford.

Manchester United’s Brandon Williams impressing Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and former left backs
Opinion | Everton’s Andre Gomes key to English Premier League side living up to their wage bill – and they need him back as soon as possible

Goodison Park side have lost every game Gomes, who was seriously injured against Spurs, has missed this season.

4 Nov 2019 - 5:03PM

Goodison Park side have lost every game Gomes, who was seriously injured against Spurs, has missed this season.

Everton’s Andre Gomes key to English Premier League side living up to their wage bill – and they need him back as soon as possible
Opinion | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can breathe a sigh of relief as win at Norwich stops the rot for stuttering United

Red Devils secure first away win of the season at Carrow Road, scoring more than one goal for the first time since they put four past Chelsea on the opening day of the season.

28 Oct 2019 - 3:38PM

Red Devils secure first away win of the season at Carrow Road, scoring more than one goal for the first time since they put four past Chelsea on the opening day of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can breathe a sigh of relief as win at Norwich stops the rot for stuttering United
Opinion | Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United at home in Premier League elite to delight of fans he still calls friends

Sheffield United manager and former player Chris Wilder is first and foremost a fan, and has done his time in the stands among his friends.

23 Oct 2019 - 3:21PM

Sheffield United manager and former player Chris Wilder is first and foremost a fan, and has done his time in the stands among his friends.

Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United at home in Premier League elite to delight of fans he still calls friends
Opinion | Axel Tuanzebe is a rare Manchester United bright spot this season as they aim to launch turnaround against Liverpool

Manchester United face tricky task against Liverpool on Sunday – will Tuanzebe be in the starting line-up?

15 Oct 2019 - 2:01PM

Manchester United face tricky task against Liverpool on Sunday – will Tuanzebe be in the starting line-up?

Axel Tuanzebe is a rare Manchester United bright spot this season as they aim to launch turnaround against Liverpool