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’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Uefa Europa League loss to act as ‘springboard’

Work to be done by Old Trafford boss for team to challenge for titles but he’s already back at it after a bad night in Gdansk.

Work to be done by Old Trafford boss for team to challenge for titles but he’s already back at it after a bad night in Gdansk.

Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Uefa Europa League loss to act as ‘springboard’
29 May 2021 - 11:11PM
On The Ball | Manchester United’s porous defence misses skipper Maguire, with Bailly a nervy stopgap

United have now lost three out of their last four matches as their Premier League form falls away, with Solskjaer desperate to restore Harry Maguire to his place at the heart of the United defence.

United have now lost three out of their last four matches as their Premier League form falls away, with Solskjaer desperate to restore Harry Maguire to his place at the heart of the United defence.

Manchester United’s porous defence misses skipper Maguire, with Bailly a nervy stopgap
14 May 2021 - 5:28PM
On The Ball | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes ‘nights like this’ will keep Edinson Cavani at Manchester United

‘He has to feel scoring in front of fans in the Stretford End,’ says Solskjaer of Uruguayan, striker, the scorer of most goals per minute this season.

‘He has to feel scoring in front of fans in the Stretford End,’ says Solskjaer of Uruguayan, striker, the scorer of most goals per minute this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes ‘nights like this’ will keep Edinson Cavani at Manchester United
30 Apr 2021 - 3:17PM
On The Ball | European Super League: big clubs prove that match-going supporters no longer matter – they are after ‘armchair fans’

The dawn of a European Super League is all about attracting the millions of armchair supporters who will pay to watch Man United vs Barcelona in their homes once a year.

The dawn of a European Super League is all about attracting the millions of armchair supporters who will pay to watch Man United vs Barcelona in their homes once a year.

European Super League: big clubs prove that match-going supporters no longer matter – they are after ‘armchair fans’
19 Apr 2021 - 6:34PM
On The Ball | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shows he has an eye for fine margins in Manchester United’s push back to the top

Solskjaer followed in Alex Ferguson’s footsteps by rectifying a sight issue United players had complained about after previously speaking about gaining fine margins.

Solskjaer followed in Alex Ferguson’s footsteps by rectifying a sight issue United players had complained about after previously speaking about gaining fine margins.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shows he has an eye for fine margins in Manchester United’s push back to the top
16 Apr 2021 - 5:44PM
On The Ball | Manchester United must go all out to secure the most important piece of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s puzzle

Manchester United are desperately short of firepower up top and the club needs to make the biggest signing of the post-Ferguson era to return to the top.

Manchester United are desperately short of firepower up top and the club needs to make the biggest signing of the post-Ferguson era to return to the top.

Manchester United must go all out to secure the most important piece of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s puzzle
2 Apr 2021 - 4:34PM
On The Ball | Manchester United’s defence is providing solid foundations for unbeaten run, but there is room for improvement

Manchester United are now unbeaten in 14 games, and the Europa League offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best hope of silverware this season.

Manchester United are now unbeaten in 14 games, and the Europa League offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best hope of silverware this season.

Manchester United’s defence is providing solid foundations for unbeaten run, but there is room for improvement
19 Mar 2021 - 4:13PM
On The Ball | Manchester United’s solid season is in danger of stalling if they can’t find top gear again

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is surprised how well his players have coped with this strangest of all seasons, but his players look to have run out of steam in recent weeks ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is surprised how well his players have coped with this strangest of all seasons, but his players look to have run out of steam in recent weeks ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend.

Manchester United’s solid season is in danger of stalling if they can’t find top gear again
5 Mar 2021 - 4:21PM
On The Ball | Manchester United must spend as wisely as rivals City and PSG if they want to keep up

Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood are promising youngsters, but Manchester United need to recruit more Bruno Fernandes-level talent.

Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood are promising youngsters, but Manchester United need to recruit more Bruno Fernandes-level talent.

Manchester United must spend as wisely as rivals City and PSG if they want to keep up
19 Feb 2021 - 2:41PM
On The Ball | Manchester United’s rich goalscoring form unparalleled but they need a prolific striker to win Premier League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been scoring in ways the Mourinho, Van Gaal and Moyes eras did not see – signing Erling Haaland can take them to the next level.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been scoring in ways the Mourinho, Van Gaal and Moyes eras did not see – signing Erling Haaland can take them to the next level.

Manchester United’s rich goalscoring form unparalleled but they need a prolific striker to win Premier League
5 Feb 2021 - 2:31PM
On The Ball | Paul Pogba’s popularity is rising at Old Trafford but Manchester United need much more from their star player

It has been an amazing turnaround for the unpredictable Frenchman, whose goals have helped United to the top of the Premier League.

It has been an amazing turnaround for the unpredictable Frenchman, whose goals have helped United to the top of the Premier League.

Paul Pogba’s popularity is rising at Old Trafford but Manchester United need much more from their star player
22 Jan 2021 - 5:36PM
On The Ball | Manchester United are much improved, but the small margins are what make also-rans into champions

In a genuine title race for the first time in years, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side found out on Wednesday that it’s the almost imperceptible advantages that make champions.

In a genuine title race for the first time in years, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side found out on Wednesday that it’s the almost imperceptible advantages that make champions.

Manchester United are much improved, but the small margins are what make also-rans into champions
8 Jan 2021 - 6:53PM
On The Ball | Premier League contenders Manchester United have wind in sails thanks to stunning away form

United’s domestic away form is staggering, having won 18 of their 20 games and drawing the other two – no one is laughing now at the prospect of them being champions again.

United’s domestic away form is staggering, having won 18 of their 20 games and drawing the other two – no one is laughing now at the prospect of them being champions again.

Premier League contenders Manchester United have wind in sails thanks to stunning away form
26 Dec 2020 - 9:07AM
On The Ball | Solskjaer can’t afford for Champions League disappointment to blow Man United’s Premier League form

United are in a strong position in the league, but can’t afford Champions League exit to knock on to domestic form as it did for Louis van Gaal a few years back.

United are in a strong position in the league, but can’t afford Champions League exit to knock on to domestic form as it did for Louis van Gaal a few years back.

Solskjaer can’t afford for Champions League disappointment to blow Man United’s Premier League form
11 Dec 2020 - 4:00PM
On The Ball | Diego Maradona: the boy wonder who became a god for more than just his ‘hand’

At the stadium of Maradona, they still sing his name and outside street art images show El Diego as a kid, an adult, lifting the World Cup and the ‘Hand of God’.

At the stadium of Maradona, they still sing his name and outside street art images show El Diego as a kid, an adult, lifting the World Cup and the ‘Hand of God’.

Diego Maradona: the boy wonder who became a god for more than just his ‘hand’
27 Nov 2020 - 10:47PM
On The Ball | Enigmatic Paul Pogba is floundering when he should be in his pomp at United. Can he turn it around?

Paul Pogba’s second stint at Old Trafford has been marred by injury, illness and inconsistency but the Frenchman claims he still dreams of playing for Real Madrid.

Paul Pogba’s second stint at Old Trafford has been marred by injury, illness and inconsistency but the Frenchman claims he still dreams of playing for Real Madrid.

Enigmatic Paul Pogba is floundering when he should be in his pomp at United. Can he turn it around?
13 Nov 2020 - 4:42PM
On The Ball | It’s not perfect, but there’s much to feel bright about if you’re a Manchester United fan

Manchester United’s impressive Champions League wins against PSG and RB Leipzig are evidence of progress and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be given time.

Manchester United’s impressive Champions League wins against PSG and RB Leipzig are evidence of progress and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be given time.

It’s not perfect, but there’s much to feel bright about if you’re a Manchester United fan
30 Oct 2020 - 8:55PM
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.

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
16 Oct 2020 - 4:56PM
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.

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
2 Oct 2020 - 3:42PM
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.

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
19 Sep 2020 - 8:31PM
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.

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
5 Sep 2020 - 4:43PM
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.

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
21 Aug 2020 - 10:08PM
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.

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
7 Aug 2020 - 10:19PM
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.

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
26 Jul 2020 - 1:23PM
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.

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
11 Jul 2020 - 8:29PM
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.

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
26 Jun 2020 - 3:31PM
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.

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
12 Jun 2020 - 9:45PM
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.

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
29 May 2020 - 8:35PM
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.

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
25 May 2020 - 2:27PM
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.

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
29 Apr 2020 - 10:24PM