Ole Gunnar Solksjaer may well experience first-hand tonight the gulf in class that currently exists between his Manchester United side and their treble-chasing neighbours but, regardless of the result, the club’s new manager is already searingly honest in his appraisal of their standing in the English game.
Wed, 24 Apr, 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s magical reign as Manchester United boss survived its biggest test to date at St James’ Park last night, his second- half substitute Romelu Lukaku scoring with his first touch of the game and helping to write his interim manager into the record books.
Thu, 03 Jan, 2019
Pep Guardiola has clearly won his private, and long-standing, feud with Jose Mourinho for this season at least but, to listen to beaten manager Carlos Carvalhal on Saturday, the all-conquering Catalan should make the most of his current dominance.
Mon, 02 Apr, 2018
Mon, 22 Jan, 2018
Martin O’Neill may well be reflecting today that he has dodged a bullet by turning down Stoke City after the side he would have taken to Old Trafford last night were beaten 3-0 by a Paul Pogba-inspired Manchester United to leave them in serious relegation trouble.
Tue, 16 Jan, 2018
“They will have do a lot better than this at Watford and Arsenal,” I groaned last Monday, after Mourinho’s grisly week. I think it’s safe to say United achieved that, don’t you? Seven goals and six points harvested from two of the most purely enjoyable matches travelling Reds will have seen in yonks equals ‘job done’ in any book.
Mon, 04 Dec, 2017
On the morning of yesterday’s match, I had a heartening message from a Mourinhoan in Lisbon. “He is so incredibly desperate to beat them today. Apparently, he’s been urging all the players to have ‘no mercy’.”
Mon, 06 Nov, 2017
Manchester United fans are starting to understand properly now what it means to support a Jose Mourinho team so it should come as no real surprise to them that United beat Benfica with a lucky own goal and a penalty, that they look set to qualify comfortably for the last 16 of the Champions League after four wins from four, or that despite those facts it was all rather uninspiring.
Wed, 01 Nov, 2017
Manchester United are on the brink of reaching the Champions League knock-out phase after teenage Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar unwittingly put Jose Mourinho's men on course for another narrow win.
Tue, 31 Oct, 2017
Sad-looking southerners shuffling about in dribs and drabs were everywhere in Manchester city centre on Saturday. They already looked beaten, and shrunk under the catcalls of locals. But enough of Conservatives attending their Party conference; how were the Super Eagles?
Mon, 02 Oct, 2017