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 | Manchester United cult figure Diego Forlan gives new Uruguayan duo stamp of approval

Former Manchester United star Forlan gave the club’s two new signings a glowing reference when asked his opinion by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

16 Oct 2020 - 4:56PM

Former Manchester United star Forlan gave the club’s two new signings a glowing reference when asked his opinion by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester United cult figure Diego Forlan gives new Uruguayan duo stamp of approval
On The Ball | Manchester United weighing up Ousmane Dembele gamble as Jadon Sancho price tag remains too high

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeping an eye on ‘incredible talent’ Ousmane Dembele and youngsters Facundo Pellistri and Ahmad Traore as Jadon Sancho price-out continues.

2 Oct 2020 - 3:42PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeping an eye on ‘incredible talent’ Ousmane Dembele and youngsters Facundo Pellistri and Ahmad Traore as Jadon Sancho price-out continues.

Manchester United weighing up Ousmane Dembele gamble as Jadon Sancho price tag remains too high
On The Ball | Precocious Mason Greenwood will need to learn his lessons, but Man United could craft him into a superstar

Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood has been in the papers for the wrong reasons in recent weeks, but he is making typical mistakes of a young man in transition.

19 Sep 2020 - 8:31PM

Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood has been in the papers for the wrong reasons in recent weeks, but he is making typical mistakes of a young man in transition.

Precocious Mason Greenwood will need to learn his lessons, but Man United could craft him into a superstar
On The Ball | Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek a solid signing but first team requires further bolstering

Manchester United manager needs more first team-level signings to keep up with big spenders Chelsea and ever improving Arsenal – Donny van de Been is not enough.

5 Sep 2020 - 4:43PM

Manchester United manager needs more first team-level signings to keep up with big spenders Chelsea and ever improving Arsenal – Donny van de Been is not enough.

Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek a solid signing but first team requires further bolstering
On The Ball | The soul of English football is being destroyed by the Covid crisis but lower league clubs are battling extinction

Clubs at the bottom of English football’s pyramid will be in terminal danger when the UK government’s furlough scheme ends next month, and as a small number of spectators are now being admitted into their stadiums, it could be too little to save some clubs.

21 Aug 2020 - 10:08PM

Clubs at the bottom of English football’s pyramid will be in terminal danger when the UK government’s furlough scheme ends next month, and as a small number of spectators are now being admitted into their stadiums, it could be too little to save some clubs.

The soul of English football is being destroyed by the Covid crisis but lower league clubs are battling extinction
On The Ball | Alexis Sanchez ends his unhappy time at Manchester United – a lesson in the perils of excess, expense and appeasement

Sanchez officially ends his stay at Old Trafford where so much was hoped for him, but so little delivered. He will now attempt to rehabilitate his career in Milan.

7 Aug 2020 - 10:19PM

Sanchez officially ends his stay at Old Trafford where so much was hoped for him, but so little delivered. He will now attempt to rehabilitate his career in Milan.

Alexis Sanchez ends his unhappy time at Manchester United – a lesson in the perils of excess, expense and appeasement
On The Ball | Manchester United can ill afford to miss out on Champions League if they want progress next season

Man United will lose out financially if they go a second consecutive season without Champions League football next term, but a draw against Leicester City on the final day will be enough to secure qualification.

26 Jul 2020 - 1:23PM

Man United will lose out financially if they go a second consecutive season without Champions League football next term, but a draw against Leicester City on the final day will be enough to secure qualification.

Manchester United can ill afford to miss out on Champions League if they want progress next season
On The Ball | The sky is the limit for Mason Greenwood as he silences Jadon Sancho chatter

The 18-year-old Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood sinks Aston Villa with the 16th goal of his debut season.

11 Jul 2020 - 8:29PM

The 18-year-old Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood sinks Aston Villa with the 16th goal of his debut season.

The sky is the limit for Mason Greenwood as he silences Jadon Sancho chatter
On The Ball | How to handle jubilant Scousers after Liverpool’s Premier League win, by a Manchester United supporter

A handy guide for easing the irritation caused by gloating Liverpool supporters as they celebrate a 19th league title.

26 Jun 2020 - 3:31PM

A handy guide for easing the irritation caused by gloating Liverpool supporters as they celebrate a 19th league title.

How to handle jubilant Scousers after Liverpool’s Premier League win, by a Manchester United supporter
On The Ball | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes Fernandes with Pogba as he looks for a fix to midfield conundrum

Bruno Fernandes has impressed since his switch and there is excitement at the prospect of him playing alongside Paul Pogba in the United midfield.

12 Jun 2020 - 9:45PM

Bruno Fernandes has impressed since his switch and there is excitement at the prospect of him playing alongside Paul Pogba in the United midfield.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes Fernandes with Pogba as he looks for a fix to midfield conundrum
On The Ball | Odion Ighalo hoping his Manchester United dream doesn’t end too soon as loan expiry looms

Odion Ighalo has made a lasting impression at Old Trafford despite limited playing time, but after scoring three times, the Nigerian could be headed back to China before Premier League season restarts.

29 May 2020 - 8:35PM

Odion Ighalo has made a lasting impression at Old Trafford despite limited playing time, but after scoring three times, the Nigerian could be headed back to China before Premier League season restarts.

Odion Ighalo hoping his Manchester United dream doesn’t end too soon as loan expiry looms
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