Author Ed

Author Ed

Cautious Mourinho misses chance to make strides forward

October 16, 2017 Tags: , Opinion 5 comments
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When Manchester United run out at the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday travelling supporters may well witness a very different approach from the one that dominated the weekend’s game with Liverpool. On Saturday, with the world watching one of England’s great fixtures, José Mourinho’s side sunk into its shell, hamstrung by a manager who has made a career-long reputation as the “enemy of football.” It was to United’s loss: two points dropped, momentum halted, an opposition there for the taking, given a pass.

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Mourinho promises to attack at Anfield, almost

October 13, 2017 Tags: , Matches 1 comment
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It’s two years since Jurgen Klopp took the reigns, to much fanfare, at Anfield. The two-time Bundesliga title winner was suppose to turn a great club around; to provide the catalyst for the kind of renaissance that Sir Alex Ferguson once offered Manchester United. Two years in and Klopp is floundering, no nearer to restoring Liverpool to greatness than Ferguson was in his first two seasons at Old Trafford three decades ago. Meanwhile, José Mourinho has led a resurgent United side to three trophies and a place near the top of the Premier League. It surely couldn’t go wrong at Anfield this Saturday. Could it?

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Liverpool clash always more than “just a match”

October 12, 2017 Tags: Opinion 1 comment
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“It’s just a match. It’s three points. When you are in a big club, when you are a big player, when you are a big manager, every game is important. Every match is a cup final.” – José Mourinho.

It is an interesting theory, one fitting with Mourinho’s detached managerial demeanour. Yet, when it comes to Liverpool versus United, the Portuguese coach could not be further off base. Mourinho’s assessment may be empirically true – Saturday’s game is worth just three points – but it is as emotionally distant as possible, and an argument with which supporters cannot relate. After all, United’s clash with Liverpool is always more than just a match. It remains England’s greatest game.

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Dynamic duo key to United’s tough month

October 5, 2017 Tags: , Opinion No comments
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There was something ethereal in the noise; not a cheer exactly, something closer to a woosh, perhaps, as 75,000 watched Anthony Martial first show Andros Townsend the ball, and then whip it through his legs. It was both the cruelest and most beautiful moment of the match – here and then gone in a flash. Yet, Martial wasn’t the star of Manchester United’s comfortable victory over Crystal Palace last Saturday. That honour lay with Marcus Rashford, a player growing into his role as the Reds’ first choice left-sided attacker. Both are key to a tough run of games after the international break.

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Reds ditch Playstation football as Mou focuses on CSKA challenge

September 26, 2017 Tags: , Matches 1 comment
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José Mourinho’s tone was typically acerbic in dismissing his team’s “Playstation football” on the Champions League matchday one. Sure, Manchester United comfortably beat FC Basel, the limited Swiss side that is unlikely to make the knockout stages, but Mourinho could focus only on his team’s perceived lack of professionalism. There will be no repeat of the late showboating that marked United’s victory at Old Trafford as Mourinho’s team takes on CSKA in Moscow this week.

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Rant Cast 318 – bigger, longer and hopefully cut

September 26, 2017 Tags: Rant Cast 3 comments
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How big is your dick? No, go on, tell us. Some Manchester United fans think Romelu Lukaku’s is rather large. Far too many have forgotten the tragic past and present that particular racial stereotype represents. Ed & Paul dissect the controversy and tell fellow fans to just stop. Now.

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Mourinho banking on in-form forwards to take Reds through testing month

September 22, 2017 Tags: , Matches No comments
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It was only Burton. It was only Burton. It was only Burton. Repeat the mantra. In fact, given Nigel Clough’s decision to rest a number of his first choice players on Wednesday, any judgment about Manchester United’s victory over Burton Albion reserves must be taken with some caution. Still, excitement there was, especially with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard all outstanding on the night. The Reds are back! Right?

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