A visibly frustrated José Mourinho has insisted Manchester United are playing well despite their sixth Premier League draw of the season. The 1-1 draw against Everton leaves United sixth, nine points behind the fourth-placed Manchester City and a further four behind the leaders, Chelsea, after 14 matches.
Adama Traoré arrived in England trailing a reputation as an astonishing hybrid of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Perhaps predictably, it did not take him long to disappoint his new public.
Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that English suspicions were valid all along – Argentinian players, he said, would practise how to cheat in training. But the Tottenham Hotspur manager warned against supporters in England becoming holier than thou when it came to diving. According to him, English players have long known how to con referees.
Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe have done their bit but it is no coincidence that Sunderland’s run of three wins in four games has coincided with Lamine Koné’s return to central-defensive form.
Tony Pulis may not wish to dwell on financial matters after his costly loss in the high court last week but there is at least one calculation of which he can be proud. If transfer expenditure is factored into the amount of points won by each Premier League club this season, then Pulis is the highest-performing manager.
“I try to be very open,” sighed a weary looking Slaven Bilic. “I try to be honest as I always am. It ain’t helping if we are trying to wrap things in paper and to hide. We can’t continue like this. We can’t.”
Thousands of restaurant businesses in Britain could go bust because the fall in sterling since the Brexit vote has sharply raised the cost of imported food and wine, an accountancy firm has warned.
Loaned out Arsenal star Jack Wilshere helped Bournemouth pull off a big win over Liverpool.
Tottenham Hotspur got their groove back with a big win this weekend.
It is occasions as utterly madcap as this that completely undermine Liverpool’s credentials as title challengers. There were long periods of this contest when the visitors threatened to run riot and overrun their hosts. And yet, from such dominance, they ended overwhelmed and victims of arguably the greatest result in AFC Bournemouth’s history. This defied belief.
Shaun Derry tells HITC Sport of his ambitions to manage at the highest level and working his way up the ladder.