The manager in the opposing dugout when United take on Tottenham on Monday has still not won a thing, though a theory is gaining traction that an ideal candidate has been overlooked all along. Moyes had not won anything either when United appointed him in 2013, yet by that point, even though communicating through an interpreter, Mauricio Pochettino had begun to make a name for himself at Southampton, both for an attacking brand of football and a willingness to trust young players. … [Read more...] about Manchester United must wish they had gone for Mauricio Pochettino
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Sunderland began like a team who were bottom and winless and who would end the afternoon with these facts unchanged. As the quarter-hour passed Dick Advocaat’s side had barely kept United out of their half. Younès Kaboul perhaps offered a snapshot of why Sunderland are in peril on 21 minutes. From the left, with no pressure on him, the French centre-back whacked the ball straight out. … [Read more...] about Wayne Rooney ends drought against Sunderland as Manchester United go top
“He's a top boy, an absolutely fantastic kid, who you want the best for. And for Norway it's brilliant that we have a striker who can score goals again.” … [Read more...] about 11am Man Utd news LIVE: Rashford could miss Euro 2020, Pogba £150m tag, Sancho transfer blow, Haaland wanted United move
Every player in the Manchester City dressing room will now want to win the Champions League more than anything. They have won the Premier League title two years in a row, some of them also under Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini, they have won FA and League Cups, and for the past few years it’s all about winning in Europe. You can’t spend years ensuring that ambition has soaked deep into every player and then expect them to lose it overnight. For every one of them, a season spent without winning the Champions League is a season wasted. And some of them don’t have so much time to waste. … [Read more...] about Time passes fast in football, so will Manchester City players want to stay?
The only mitigation was that they were missing Vincent Kompany and David Silva, with Yaya Touré suffering a hamstring injury during the match. Sergio Agüero was not fit enough to last the full match and Pablo Zabaleta, another sturdy campaigner, has not played this season. Joe Hart could have started the match but was among the substitutes because of a minor injury and, in hindsight, Pellegrini will probably reflect the England international would have been a safer bet than his replacement. Caballero had a wretched afternoon, culpable in part for three of the goals, and clearly demonstrating why he has little chance of displacing Hart more regularly. … [Read more...] about Harry Kane off mark as Tottenham’s second-half surge stuns Manchester City