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Manchester United Transfer Balls: Godin’s pension, Depay flops out and Martial’s moans about Zlatan

Transfer balls: the BBC is reporting that Manchester United “will trigger Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin’s £30m release clause in January”.

The Beeb says Man United manager Jose Mourinho has earmarked the 30-year-old Uruguayan “to provide his team with leadership”.…

Posted: 5th, November 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chicago Cubs: six million fans rejoice (if you double count everyone in the city)

Like you we too are delighted the Clubs Cubes Cubs won the World Series of baseball for the first time since in ages – but still faster than is takes Theresa May to make a decsion.  The Mail sees the …

Posted: 5th, November 2016 | In: News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Desperate Manchester United get saddled with ageing and overpaid star

Footballers, eh. News is that Manchester United are, says the BBC, “prepared to release 32-year-old midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger” with a £10m severance deal.

You read that right. Manchester United are so desperate to rid themselves of the German they will …

Posted: 4th, November 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Mourinho vows to stay and be better than Moyes

PHEW! The Sun hears news that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will remain at Old Trafford “for many years”.

The Sun says Mourinho is “determined to take Manchester United back to the top.”. Good to know. Manchester United …

Posted: 3rd, November 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media balls: Manchester City could have had six against Barcelona and ‘stupid’ Messi

Media balls: a look at reporting on last night Champions’ League match between Manchester City and Barcelona, which City won 3-1.

The Times says Manchester City were”brilliant”. The BBC says Manchester City were “outstanding”.

In Spain, Mundo Deportivo says Barca …

Posted: 2nd, November 2016 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Cazorla’s new anti-Spurs boots will go well with his suit

How does Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla prepare for the Gunners Premier League clash with Spurs? By showing off his new boots. Puma have given Cazorla a pair of ‘Derby Fever’ custom boots to wear in the upcoming North London derby.

The …

Posted: 1st, November 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sven Goran Eriksson corrects the story of Wayne Rooney’s transfer from Manchester United to China

Read all about it. The BBC has news of non-transfers. Shanghai SIPG manager Sven-Goran Eriksson (who he?) says he will not be signing Manchester United’s 31-year-old England forward Wayne Rooney.

The Sun has more on the no-news story.

WHERE’S LEFT?

Posted: 1st, November 2016 | In: Back pages, Key Posts, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: two months ago Zlatan was really good and Mata was leaving

Being a football pundit is easy. The Sun’s Neil Curtis knows lots about Manchester United. “Juan Mata has emerged as the answer to one of Jose Mourinho’s big Manchester United questions,” he writes. The question is ‘What is United’s best …

Posted: 31st, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: who forced Henrikh Mkhitaryan to train alone?

“Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Manchester United outcast trains alone after Burnley draw,” reports the Daily Express.

“Henrikh Mkhitaryan was made to train alone on Sunday,” states the Independent.

The Armenian is an “outcast”. He was “made” to train on his …

Posted: 31st, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sulky Mourinho makes Manchester United all about him – and it’s not pretty

The media has much to say on Manchester United and their petulant manager Jose Mourinho. Having been sent off during United’s 0-0 draw with Burnley, Mourinho failed to attended the post-match press conference. Unwilling to explain himself, he instead sent …

Posted: 31st, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United reel as President Mourinho behaves like a man alone in the world

Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as his hugely expensive side eked out a 0-0 home draw with the mighty Burnley. For the second half, Mourinho got to see what the fans see as he was …

Posted: 30th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Key Posts, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media Balls: Liverpool beat Crystal Palace in four no penalties thriller

Media Balls: a look at biased footballer reporting. Tonight Liverpool defeated Crystal Palace 4-2 in South London.

The Croydon Advertiser looks at the opening goal in the Premier League encounter:

Liverpool edged the opening stages and took the lead after

Posted: 29th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media Balls: Arsenal riot, Sunderland’s fightback, Moyes’ blinkers and missing the penalty

Media Balls: a look at reporting on football matches. Today we look at Sunderland 1 – Arsenal 4 in the Premier League. Are news organs biased?

Sunderland Echo: “David Moyes feels scoreline harsh on Black Cats.”

Says Moyes.

“I

Posted: 29th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Rooney to quit Manchester United for La Galaxy, China and Inter Milan

Manchester United’s fading star Wayne Rooney could be on his way to the MSL Retirement Village. Steven Gerrard is soon to be leaving US soccerfoot’s LA Galaxy, meaning the club will have a spare slot for an English player past …

Posted: 28th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Can you name the former Arsenal player in this absurd quote?

Can you guess which former Arsenal player is being talked about here?

“He’s had a huge impact on the club and Singapore football. Someone of his stature and, frankly, quite iconic status engenders an excitement and vibe which was much

Posted: 28th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool buy Emeka Obi on the cheap

Liverpool FC transfer news now as the Reds line up a bid for Bury’s 15-year-old Emeka Obi, described in the Mail as a “promising 6ft 5in central defender”.

Obi will cost Liverpool a six figure sum, which could be anything …

Posted: 28th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal’s Ozil boosts his pay with a Fenerbahce offer

Transfer balls: The Daily Star says Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, was involved in transfer talks over the summer. The club? Fenerbahce.

It would be remarkable were the German star to leave the Gunners for the Turkish side.

The Daily

Posted: 28th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ched Evans to achieve immortality in new rape law?

More news on Ched Evans, the low-life footballer found not guilty of raping a woman. AOL says the the Attorney General has suggested “the law could be changed to give greater protection to alleged rape victims following the Ched Evans …

Posted: 27th, October 2016 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United toilets go down a bomb with kak-handed Manchester City fans

Much talk of football returning to the 1980s. As West Ham and Chelsea fans clashed last night – aggro that included a nasty twist on donating to good causes by throwing coins with malice at disabled children – up in …

Posted: 27th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: Jose Mourinho joins the sack race

So here is its. Just two months into the new Premier League season and there’s the first talk of Manchester United sacking Jose Mourinho. Days after we all learned that Mourinho’s best team is Chelsea – the Blues thrashed United …

Posted: 27th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


West Ham and Chelsea fans give the 1980s a bad name

The good news is that if the 1980s have returned to West Ham, as one BBC pundit says they have, the team might win a Cup. The bad news is that fans might leave the club’s ground in a St …

Posted: 27th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: injured Eric Bailly finds God’s unwilling to save his 2016

Manchester United fans can read in the Mirror that their team’s defender Eric Bailly is injured and will not play again in 2016. Readers are told: “MANCHESTER UNITED are on red alert with the fear of Eric Bailly being out …

Posted: 26th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Rodrigo Bentancur is the Uruguayan Manchester United missed

Transfer balls: the saw Rodrigo Bentancur, 19, is not heading to Manchester United. The Uruguayan is off to Juventus, who bought half his rights for £6.7m.

The Sun says the Italians got fist dibs on the “Argentine player” when they …

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


Harry Redknapp’s wife Sandra in freak car accident – Daily Mail digs up old horrors

Harry Redknapp was dropping his wife Sandra in Westbourne, a suburb of Bournemouth, when her coat got caught in the door of his Range Rover. The Indy says  the 69-year-old [Sandra] “screamed with agony on the pavement after being dragged …

Posted: 20th, October 2016 | In: News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Ivan’s pay eclipses all

Money in football is always a news story to get people angry and agitated. The BBC says Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face “intense questioning from shareholders” over his salary .

The BBC says he earns £2.65m a year. …

Posted: 20th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Money, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0