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.
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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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
Opinion | Manchester United must learn lessons of past to fix their future amid worst start in 30 years

Defence is not the way forward but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have to shut up shop – for now, at least – with Premier League leaders Liverpool next up.

9 Oct 2019 - 3:58PM

Defence is not the way forward but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have to shut up shop – for now, at least – with Premier League leaders Liverpool next up.

Manchester United must learn lessons of past to fix their future amid worst start in 30 years
Opinion | The struggles of following a Norwegian league club symptomatic of English Premier League’s hold over much of Europe

Attendances in Norway and other minor football leagues suffer as Premier League goes from strength-to-strength.

30 Sep 2019 - 6:05PM

Attendances in Norway and other minor football leagues suffer as Premier League goes from strength-to-strength.

The struggles of following a Norwegian league club symptomatic of English Premier League’s hold over much of Europe
Opinion | Manchester United’s Premier League bid is over in September and Solskjaer’s side is missing a vital component to turn the tide

The goals have dried up since the Norwegian’s full-time appointment; a former pro outlines what Manchester United are currently lacking.

23 Sep 2019 - 3:29PM

The goals have dried up since the Norwegian’s full-time appointment; a former pro outlines what Manchester United are currently lacking.

Manchester United’s Premier League bid is over in September and Solskjaer’s side is missing a vital component to turn the tide
Opinion | Manchester United tackling new frontiers in Europa League as they prepare to travel 2,000km further east than ever before

Manchester United’s opponents, FC Astana, are from a city closer to Hong Kong than to Manchester.

17 Sep 2019 - 6:11PM

Manchester United’s opponents, FC Astana, are from a city closer to Hong Kong than to Manchester.

Manchester United tackling new frontiers in Europa League as they prepare to travel 2,000km further east than ever before
Opinion | Roy Keane’s display reminds Manchester United fans exactly what the club is missing – on and off the pitch

Irishman outshines Gary Neville at Dublin show as he talks of feud with Alex Ferguson and 1990s glory days.

9 Sep 2019 - 3:48PM

Irishman outshines Gary Neville at Dublin show as he talks of feud with Alex Ferguson and 1990s glory days.

Roy Keane’s display reminds Manchester United fans exactly what the club is missing – on and off the pitch
Liverpool’s Uefa Super Cup hero Adrian on his journey from Betis B to European champion

Spanish stopper watched the Uefa Champions League final on television and now he’s playing in goal for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

4 Sep 2019 - 3:08PM

Spanish stopper watched the Uefa Champions League final on television and now he’s playing in goal for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool’s Uefa Super Cup hero Adrian on his journey from Betis B to European champion
Opinion | Manchester United selling Old Trafford naming rights would be a shame but stadium needs expanding

Gary Neville’s words spark debate but issue less about price than availability – only the Glazers are reluctant to spend hundreds of millions needed to increase capacity.

28 Aug 2019 - 2:17PM

Gary Neville’s words spark debate but issue less about price than availability – only the Glazers are reluctant to spend hundreds of millions needed to increase capacity.

Manchester United selling Old Trafford naming rights would be a shame but stadium needs expanding
Opinion | Dimitar Berbatov backs Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to thrive up front for Manchester United

Bulgaria striker played with Frenchman at Monaco and believes he can be like Thierry Henry

19 Aug 2019 - 3:04PM

Bulgaria striker played with Frenchman at Monaco and believes he can be like Thierry Henry

Dimitar Berbatov backs Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to thrive up front for Manchester United
Opinion | Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira praises club DNA as ‘exceptional’ after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picks five academy players for Premier League kick-off

‘Important’ that Paul Pogba stays, says his midfield partner in opening day 4-0 win over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea

12 Aug 2019 - 3:10PM

‘Important’ that Paul Pogba stays, says his midfield partner in opening day 4-0 win over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea

Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira praises club DNA as ‘exceptional’ after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picks five academy players for Premier League kick-off
Opinion | Manchester United boosted by Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and preseason wins but questions remain for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Arrival of Harry Maguire means too many players vying for central defence but some are proving hard to shift

6 Aug 2019 - 4:38PM

Arrival of Harry Maguire means too many players vying for central defence but some are proving hard to shift

Manchester United boosted by Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and preseason wins but questions remain for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United preseason continues at manager’s hometown club Kristiansund in Premier League side’s second home of Norway

United will be cheered on to make it five wins from five in Oslo but history suggests they will not end the season as champions

30 Jul 2019 - 10:45PM

United will be cheered on to make it five wins from five in Oslo but history suggests they will not end the season as champions

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United preseason continues at manager’s hometown club Kristiansund in Premier League side’s second home of Norway
We deserved Champions League win more than Liverpool, says angry Moussa Sissoko as Tottenham prepare to face Manchester United in Shanghai

Former Newcastle man has hit peak form for Tottenham and is back in the France national team as he prepares to face Manchester United in Shanghai on Saturday.

24 Jul 2019 - 8:04AM

Former Newcastle man has hit peak form for Tottenham and is back in the France national team as he prepares to face Manchester United in Shanghai on Saturday.

We deserved Champions League win more than Liverpool, says angry Moussa Sissoko as Tottenham prepare to face Manchester United in Shanghai
Opinion | As Manchester United prepare to face Leeds United in Perth historic rivalries still run deep

Leeds United have been absent from the top table for 15 years while Manchester United are hoping for a resurgent campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

16 Jul 2019 - 5:22PM

Leeds United have been absent from the top table for 15 years while Manchester United are hoping for a resurgent campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

As Manchester United prepare to face Leeds United in Perth historic rivalries still run deep
Opinion | Pouting Paul Pogba and AWOL Antoine Griezmann show players and agents call the shots in football’s biggest transfers

Manchester United are eager to retain their best player, but they may be left with little option but to sanction a switch.

9 Jul 2019 - 5:56PM

Manchester United are eager to retain their best player, but they may be left with little option but to sanction a switch.

Pouting Paul Pogba and AWOL Antoine Griezmann show players and agents call the shots in football’s biggest transfers
Opinion | Marcus Rashford extends Manchester United stay: not even securing England’s brightest talent can raise spirits at Old Trafford

England striker to stay at Old Trafford until 2023 in highly incentivised new deal.

2 Jul 2019 - 6:06PM

England striker to stay at Old Trafford until 2023 in highly incentivised new deal.

Marcus Rashford extends Manchester United stay: not even securing England’s brightest talent can raise spirits at Old Trafford
Opinion | Manchester United and Newcastle fans fuming after each being let down by their greedy owners

Rafael Benitez has walked away from Mike Ashley’s financial constraints

27 Jun 2019 - 4:44PM

Rafael Benitez has walked away from Mike Ashley’s financial constraints

Manchester United and Newcastle fans fuming after each being let down by their greedy owners
Opinion | How do you solve a problem like Paul Pogba? Frenchman’s desire to leave Manchester United likely to descend into summer-long transfer saga

Frenchman indicates in TV interview that it may be time to leave Old Trafford, but United are likely to want to hold on to their prized asset

17 Jun 2019 - 2:37PM

Frenchman indicates in TV interview that it may be time to leave Old Trafford, but United are likely to want to hold on to their prized asset

How do you solve a problem like Paul Pogba? Frenchman’s desire to leave Manchester United likely to descend into summer-long transfer saga
Opinion | From Uefa Champions League match shirts to ticket stubs, football fans will pay a high price for memorabilia

Scarcity is key to high values on match programmes as collectors look for rare pieces

12 Jun 2019 - 2:56PM

Scarcity is key to high values on match programmes as collectors look for rare pieces

From Uefa Champions League match shirts to ticket stubs, football fans will pay a high price for memorabilia
Opinion | Manchester United revel in nostalgia as Liverpool win Champions League – oh, how the tables have turned

United are becoming what Liverpool became in the 1990s – a club that harks back to historical achievements while the other wins the biggest trophies.

4 Jun 2019 - 3:38PM

United are becoming what Liverpool became in the 1990s – a club that harks back to historical achievements while the other wins the biggest trophies.

Manchester United revel in nostalgia as Liverpool win Champions League – oh, how the tables have turned
Opinion | Antisocial media: Manchester United players Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford would benefit from avoiding online idiots

Players do not help themselves but atmosphere online veers between praise and hate, with little middle ground

29 May 2019 - 3:57PM

Players do not help themselves but atmosphere online veers between praise and hate, with little middle ground

Antisocial media: Manchester United players Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford would benefit from avoiding online idiots
Opinion | Wu Lei takes Espanyol back into Europe and changes the club’s China pre-season plans

Barcelona-based side sneak into Europa League spots after final day drama

20 May 2019 - 5:37PM

Barcelona-based side sneak into Europa League spots after final day drama

Wu Lei takes Espanyol back into Europe and changes the club’s China pre-season plans
Opinion | Manchester United: Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez problems head issues for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Season ends with final-day defeat to relegated Cardiff City and fans angry at disappointing stars.

14 May 2019 - 3:04AM

Season ends with final-day defeat to relegated Cardiff City and fans angry at disappointing stars.

Manchester United: Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez problems head issues for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Opinion | A Manchester City title win is the lesser of two evils for Man United fans, as a new rivalry begins to take root

Faded Manchester United no longer represent the biggest threat to either of their main local rivals, but Manchester City supporters would hate to lose the title to Liverpool on the final day after bus attack

8 May 2019 - 5:49PM

Faded Manchester United no longer represent the biggest threat to either of their main local rivals, but Manchester City supporters would hate to lose the title to Liverpool on the final day after bus attack

A Manchester City title win is the lesser of two evils for Man United fans, as a new rivalry begins to take root
Opinion | Premier League and Champions League challengers Liverpool offer hope to struggling Manchester United

Anfield side have developed a successful model under Jurgen Klopp and American owners, in stark contrast to Old Trafford

1 May 2019 - 9:47AM

Anfield side have developed a successful model under Jurgen Klopp and American owners, in stark contrast to Old Trafford

Premier League and Champions League challengers Liverpool offer hope to struggling Manchester United
Opinion | Liverpool are as good as they have been for many years – even if they win nothing, it has been a fine season

Reds are in the last-four of the Champions League and still in the hunt in the league

23 Apr 2019 - 4:55PM

Reds are in the last-four of the Champions League and still in the hunt in the league

Liverpool are as good as they have been for many years – even if they win nothing, it has been a fine season
Opinion | Is Marcus Rashford the key to both clubs’ futures as Manchester United prepare for Barcelona Champions League test?

The La Liga side are thought to be interested in signing the Manchester United starlet as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez

15 Apr 2019 - 12:07PM

The La Liga side are thought to be interested in signing the Manchester United starlet as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez

Is Marcus Rashford the key to both clubs’ futures as Manchester United prepare for Barcelona Champions League test?
Opinion | Messi magic casts a spell in Manchester? Not so fast, there is hope and a potion

History suggests the quarter-final tie might not be a done deal as Barça have never won at Old Trafford in four matches

9 Apr 2019 - 4:08PM

History suggests the quarter-final tie might not be a done deal as Barça have never won at Old Trafford in four matches

Messi magic casts a spell in Manchester? Not so fast, there is hope and a potion
Opinion | Championship’s race for English Premier League riches fires toughest second tier in world football

Second tier attendances compare to top flights in France, Spain and Italy while former European champions among teams looking for top flight return

2 Apr 2019 - 3:42PM

Second tier attendances compare to top flights in France, Spain and Italy while former European champions among teams looking for top flight return

Championship’s race for English Premier League riches fires toughest second tier in world football
Opinion | As Tottenham Hotspur Stadium finally opens, the list of Premier League grounds gaining on Old Trafford continues to grow

Manchester United’s home had limited upgrades in recent years with almost half of the Premier League’s clubs planning to upgrade their homes substantially

26 Mar 2019 - 1:16PM

Manchester United’s home had limited upgrades in recent years with almost half of the Premier League’s clubs planning to upgrade their homes substantially

As Tottenham Hotspur Stadium finally opens, the list of Premier League grounds gaining on Old Trafford continues to grow