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Transfer balls: Manchester United hire Mourinho, Ibrahimovich and the fear factor

So José Mourinho is the new Manchester United manager. Well, so say all the newspapers. The Guardian says the former Chelsea manger – twice-sacked by the Blues – will be handed £150m to spend and will first target Everton’s John …

Posted: 23rd, May 2016 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Van Gaal sacked, Mourinho appointed and Manchester United are unchanged

Sky News are reporting that Manchester United have offered Jose Mourinho the Manchester United job and the former Chelsea manager has accepted. Not all that good news for current Old Trafford boss Louis Van Gaal, then, who yesterday delivered the …

Posted: 22nd, May 2016 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal keep Walcott by selling him to West Ham or Chelsea

Transfer balls: It’s been a busy few days for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott. In today’s Daily Mirror, readers are told, “Theo’s not Gunner go”. News is that Walcott will be told he is not for sale. “Arsene Wenger will make …

Posted: 18th, May 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Greedy Manchester United paint mascots blue to please sponsors

At tonight’s match between Manchester United and Bournemouth, three MUFC mascots were painted blue as part of promotion of club’s commercial partner 20th Century Fox’s new X-Men movie.

 

Sad: Manchester United paint mascots blue to please sponsors

 

Is there anything Manchester United won’t flog to sponsors?…

Posted: 17th, May 2016 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: can you identify the Arsenal ‘ace’ on his way to West Ham?

Transfer balls: a look at desperate reporting. And it’s not just in print and on websites the newspapers can spin clicks from utter balls. On Twitter, the Sun has news of an “Arsenal ace” on his way to West Ham …

Posted: 17th, May 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Ozil bombs Arsenal

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Transfer balls: The Daily Express has news for Arsenal fans: “Mesut Ozil Bombshell: Star blasts lack of teamwork, contract talks put on hold.”

Bombshell! Blasts! Is Ozil shooting down the Gunners? Is it war? This is what Ozil said:…

Posted: 17th, May 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


No, Manchester United’s David Beckham is not like Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

What need of facts, Alan Shearer? No much. Alan writes of Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere in the Sun:

“The debate might well be whether Marcus Rashford can force his way into the final 23 and go with England to Euro

Posted: 17th, May 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: fan fury, Mourinho gets desperate and Van Gaal gets time

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Jose Mourinho’s PR calls the Daily Mail, which dutifully produces the headline: “JOSE PSG TALKS – Manchester United must act NOW if they want Mourinho.”

From hammer-headed Dutchman Louis Van Gaal to divisive Portuguese Jose Mourinho, United fans …

Posted: 17th, May 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Harry Redknapp, angry Newcastle fans, sunshine Spurs and Arsenal failures

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United - White Hart LaneA few days before Newcastle United fans hymned their team to a 5-1 thrashing of fancied Spurs, former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told his Evening Standard readers:

Angry Newcastle fans can help Tottenham finish above Arsenal

He went on:

Newcastle’s

Posted: 16th, May 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports, Spurs, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United v The Sun: Van Gaal created social media and Ryan Giggs was a saint

The Sun has been telling us for months that Manchester United are to sack Louis Van Gaal and manager and replace him with Jose Mourinho. The paper’s Neil Ashton finds another reason to undermine the hammer-headed Dutchman’s leadership:

JESSE LINGARD’S

Posted: 16th, May 2016 | In: Back pages, Key Posts, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Jose Mourinho to Manchester United ‘in hours’

Transfer balls spots more tales of Jose Mourinho to Manchester United. The Star thunders: “Mourinho to Man Utd in hours.”

How many hours is unspecified by Luke Gardener, who made his prediction on May 13th. But he does cite his …

Posted: 16th, May 2016 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Heads will roll after Manchester United fake bomb fiasco

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Manchester United v Bournemouth was called off yesterday. A suspect package was discovered at Old Trafford. The Telegraph tells the sorry tale:

A farcical security blunder led to Manchester United’s final Premier League game of the season being cancelled

Posted: 16th, May 2016 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Happy 21st Arsenal: Newcastle thrash Spurs on #StTotteringhamsDay

At what point do Spurs fans give up? Going for the Premier League title just a few weeks ago, Spurs managed to implode at Chelsea and then play so lethargically and poorly in subsequent games they were overtaken by Arsenal, …

Posted: 15th, May 2016 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


War Chest Watch: Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool transfer budgets announced

Manchester United transfers

 

As the Premier League season ends big media turns to transfer rumours. One issue is deciding how much each club has to spend on new players. With every club in line for a £99m bonus next season, you’d suppose …

Posted: 15th, May 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Broadsheets, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports, Spurs, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal offer Dortmund £33m for Mönchengladbach’s Xhaka

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Transfer balls: a look a dire reporting on football rumours. Today the Indy reports on Arsenal:

Arsenal have made an official £33.8m offer for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Granit Xhaka after moving ahead with their first transfer of the summer,

Posted: 11th, May 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Broadsheets, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hillsborough: Eamonn Holmes fans the lies they still want you to believe

eamonn holmes hillsboroughSo, Sky News presenter Eamonn Holmes said an attack by a few West Ham fans on the Manchester United team bus was like the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 96 innocent people died.

Said Manchester United fan Holmes: “Now this …

Posted: 11th, May 2016 | In: Key Posts, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Leicester players mistake Ranieri for Manchester United hair dryer Alex Ferguson

The Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel has a statement and a question for Manchester United and Leicester City fans:

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Is it something to do with Fergie’s famous hair dryer?

 

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No. Was it a case of mistaken identity, Martin?…

Posted: 9th, May 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs balls: Pochettino joins Jose Moutinho at Manchester United (says The Sun)

The Sun has an “exclusive”. It says Manchester United have sparked “PANIC” at Spurs. The Red Devils want to take Mauricio Pochettino from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford.

Spurs bosses are “edgy” and “concerned” that Pochettino will leave the …

Posted: 20th, April 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Spurs, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Spurs Harry Kane to Barcelona, Manchester United in big summer of no news

The Guardian says Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are looking to buy Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The story contains not a single fact, quote or source. It is classic transfer balls. This summer will be busy for Kane news.

The …

Posted: 19th, April 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports, Spurs | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jamie Vardy hurt by lack of perspective

The newspapers are split: did Jamie Vardy, Leicester City’s scrote-to-star striker point his finger at referee Jon Moss as he was ordered to leave the field in his side’s 2-2 draw with West Ham? Vardy, already on a yellow card, …

Posted: 18th, April 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch West Ham United and Leicester play the Jon Moss penalty lottery

Leicester City drew 2-2 with West Ham and all eyes are on the referee. See if you can work out which of these moment resulted in a penalty kick (Leicester 11th this season!) and which resulted in a second yellow …

Posted: 17th, April 2016 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch cheating Jamie Vardy sent off against West Ham for diving

Jamie Vardy, Leicester City’s slippery footed striker, has been sent off for diving against West Ham United.

 


 

We’ve seen it all before:

 

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Vardy’s English, of course, so look out for English commentators saying it wasn’t a …

Posted: 17th, April 2016 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City: the Real Madrid fear factor

Manchester City will play Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals. The Sun and Times are debating matters.

“Ronaldo and Co con’t scare us,” says the Manchester City manager, Manuel Pelligrini.

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But they should scare you, says the Times

Posted: 16th, April 2016 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, Manchester City, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: time up for magic Van Gaal

Manchester United have called “time” on Louis Van Gaal’s career at Old Trafford.

 

van gaal sacked mirror

 

So says the Daily Mirror, which adds that “even an FA Cup victory won’t stop Jose taking over”. David McDonnell says the Manchester United …

Posted: 15th, April 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Klopp’s devils, an Anfield miracle and Dortmund’s destiny

Liverpool left it late to beat Borussia Dortmund at Anfield last night.

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel sums it up: “I can’t explain it, it was not logical. It was very emotional. At the end at 3-3 everyone here believed …

Posted: 15th, April 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0