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Data: the impact of past performance on future results

December 9, 2017 Tags: , Data 1 comment
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Will José Mourinho’s team perform better after last week’s win? The Reds earned victory against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, but with the Manchester derby coming up on Sunday, would it have been better if the team had lost? It is a strange question, but the impact that the result of one match has on the next is regularly discussed by both pundits and managers. Often, they refer to the confidence boost that a win carries into the next match. It is also argued that a loss can invigorate the team to work harder in the following game – greater motivation to turn things around.

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The Baker’s Dozen

November 14, 2017 Tags: , , Opinion No comments
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José Mourinho’s side never recovered from October’s international break, or more specifically, autumn’s momentum was shattered as the Portuguese sent his high-flying team out to defend at Anfield on 14 October. In the interim Mourinho’s side has failed to convince in any of the six league and cup fixtures since the bore draw on Merseyside. Victory over Tottenham Hotspur was hard-won, but defeats to Huddersfield Town and Chelsea have left United well off the Premier League pace. As November’s break comes to a close, the Reds face 13 fixtures between now and the end of the year. It’s a period that won’t make United’s season, but it could certainly break it.

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Fear factor missing as stuttering Reds welcome Spurs

October 28, 2017 Tags: , Matches No comments
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It has a been a tough couple of weeks at Manchester United. First, that limp draw with Liverpool at Anfield, then the narrow but unsatisfying victory over Benfica, and finally that traumatic defeat at Huddersfield Town last weekend. Victory over Swansea City in the League Cup ensured that the wheels didn’t come off United’s season, but the positivity associated with the new campaign has rapidly dissipated. It is not a good sign ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.

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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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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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Rooney remains the story as former Red returns to Old Trafford

September 17, 2017 Tags: , Matches No comments
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José Mourinho is focused first on winning – taking back whatever momentum was lost during Manchester United’s frustration draw at Stoke City last week. The rest of Sunday’s narrative will centre on Wayne Rooney, the erstwhile Red and club record goalscorer, who returns to Old Trafford for the first time as an Everton player. The 31-year-old will enjoy a fine Manchester reception, whatever caveats remain about the player’s history at the club.

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Mourinho’s tale of two strikers as Reds welcome Leicester

August 26, 2017 Tags: , Opinion 3 comments
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The acquisition had long been flagged, even if the timing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s re-signing took many by surprise. Still months away from full fitness and courted by clubs in Europe and the United States, the Swede will return to the Manchester United squad as a back-up and not the main man. That much is reflected in Ibrahimovic’s new wage, which is less than half the amount that he earned last season. Yet, while the striker will not face Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday, his presence is already felt.

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Mourinho demands goals as league campaign begins

August 13, 2017 Tags: , Matches 1 comment
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José Mourinho has called on his Manchester United squad to score more goals as the Reds seek to regain the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. United scored just 54 on the way to sixth place in the league last season. This term, Mourinho wants his team to score more by spreading the burden around, starting with Sunday’s visit to Old Trafford by West Ham United.

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Mourinho’s summer to do list

June 5, 2017 Tags: , , , , , Opinion 10 comments
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The dust has barely settled on Manchester United’s Europa League victory and already attention is turning towards next season. In some ways that is what the final against Ajax was all about – setting the tone for José Mourinho’s second campaign. United’s League Cup triumph, combined with the only trophy missing from the Old Trafford cabinet just about offset a mediocre sixth-place finish in the Premier League. It allows the manager to look ahead with a degree of security. So what now?

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