The Red Devils are eager to force their way into that pack this season, but their manager admits the winning major trophies has to be the priority
Jose Mourinho is eager to ensure that Manchester United do not become “happy fighting for the top four”, insisting that major titles are still his priority.
The Red Devils have collected more silverware this season, with the Community Shield and EFL Cup returned to the Old Trafford trophy cabinet.
They are also through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, with Mourinho determined to savour further success in Europe. Read more... (292 words, 1 image, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
Antonio Conte targeted six more wins to clinch the Premier League title and write history after Chelsea’s crucial 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea showed resilience in responding from their surprise loss to Crystal Palace and the gap at the top remained seven points as second-placed Tottenham came from behind to win at Swansea.
Goalkeeping errors contributed to the opening goals as Eden Hazard shot through Willy Caballero and Thibaut Courtois gifted City an equaliser, scored by Sergio Aguero.
Hazard saw a penalty saved by Caballero, but tucked in the follow up to give Chelsea a 2-1 half-time lead which they would not relinquish. Read more... (346 words, 1 image, estimated 1:23 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s defending for Bournemouth’s equalising goal on Wednesday night made him “nearly vomit,” while revealing Philippe Coutinho came off in the 2-2 draw because he was ill.
Liverpool were denied the three points at Anfield by Joshua King’s equaliser three minutes from time at Anfield after the Reds failed to clear their lines from a long throw.
Benik Afobe had put the visitors in the lead with seven minutes on the clock, but goals from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi either side of half-time meant the Reds were 2-1 up in the closing stages. Read more... (484 words, 1 image, estimated 1:56 mins reading time)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will look to strengthen his squad in the summer after admitting lessons have been learned from this campaign.
A potential season-ending knee problem to Sadio Mane is just the latest in a long list of injuries which has shorn Klopp’s side of first-choice players.
Captain Jordan Henderson (foot) and Adam Lallana (thigh) are also currently sidelined while Danny Ings has not played since October because of a serious knee injury.
Playmaker Philippe Coutinho missed almost seven weeks mid-campaign with an ankle problem while centre back Dejan Lovren and striker Daniel Sturridge have both been troubled by a number of niggles. Read more... (384 words, 1 image, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
It was deja vu at Old Trafford on Tuesday as once again Manchester United dominated possession, created chance after chance, hit the woodwork twice, yet were only able to grab a point with their league leading 1-1 draw against Everton saw them drop more Premier League points at Old Trafford.
Phil Jagielka gave Everton the lead midway through the first half but United’s pressure eventually paid off in added time when Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a penalty. Read more... (508 words, 1 image, estimated 2:02 mins reading time)
Does anyone else get the feeling that Arsene Wenger’s future has already been decided, that all parties know it, and we are just seeing the last few acts play out?
There was strong rumors coming out of the Arsenal camp during the Gunners USA tour last summer, that this would be Arsene Wenger’s last season in charge of the club.
Nothing over the last nine months has changed my opinion. The latest waltz came on Sunday afternoon when Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis told a supporters’ meeting that Wenger has not yet signed a contract extension, and that any decision will be “mutual”, while stating that the manager must become a “catalyst for change” for the club if he does stay. Read more... (252 words, 1 image, estimated 1:00 mins reading time)
The consensus in the media is that Arsenal showed character to come back twice to take a point in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday. A result that stopped a run of two Premier League defeats for the Gunners.
But a point at home against a side above them in the table cannot be called a good result by Arsene Wenger or Arsenal fans. With 10 games left, Arsenal are still seven points behind fourth place City. Sunday was about winning and closing the gap, and the Arsenal did not do that, Read more... (461 words, 1 image, estimated 1:51 mins reading time)
Antonio Conte admitted the Premier League title race was interesting again after his Chelsea side were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s 13-game winning run at home came to a shuddering halt as Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke scored two goals in quick succession after Cesc Fabregas had opened the scoring.
Chelsea are now seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham with nine games to play, beginning with Wednesday’s clash with rivals Manchester City. They need 21 points to win the title. Read more... (332 words, 1 image, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho laid into his gun shy strikers as Manchester United drew another blank at home this season, drawing 0-0 with West Brom.
It is looking more and more likely that United will finish outside the top four this season, and if that happens, Mourinho will point to this sides home form, where they have now dropped 8 of their 15 matches this season.
United, like so many times this season, dominated from the outset against West Brom, and Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were the focus of Mourinho’s post-match ire, having seen United fail to eke out victory as the race for the top four heats up. Read more... (411 words, 1 image, estimated 1:39 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp set a new record following Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Everton, becoming the first Reds manager to win his first three Merseyside derbies.
Goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi helped Klopp’s team to a convincing victory at Anfield which strengthened their hopes of securing Champions League football next season.
Matthew Pennington’s first goal for Everton in front of the Kop briefly restored parity, but Liverpool were far too strong and ran out comprehensive winners.
An injury-time goal from Mane ensured a 1-0 win over their local rivals earlier this season, while Klopp also masterminded a 4-0 win over the Toffees in his first Merseyside derby just over a year ago. Read more... (370 words, 1 image, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)