Premier League: This was Quite Incredible!

Manchester United 3-2 Newcastle United

“Still United with Jose,” read a banner held aloft by one fan near the dugout as the players came out for this teatime encounter at Old Trafford.

It was a sign of support from the United faithful, a feeling many home fans agree with amid a seeming media agenda against the United boss.

Jose Mourinho even playfully squirted a water bottle at the cameras as they followed him into the dugout.

The mischievous Newcastle fans then only took a minute to sing the chant of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ in the Man Utd’s boss direction.

There was no doubt where the main focus of this Premier League game would be, and that was the dugout.

However, what was to follow was quite staggering and was surely something neither set of fans could have predicted.

Highlights of the game

Indeed, without taking anything away from Newcastle, this was stunning.

Before you could blink, the lowly Geordies led 2-0, effectively gifted two goals as the stunned hosts conceded two goals in the opening 10 minutes in a Premier League match at Old Trafford for the first ever time.

First, stand-in captain Ashley Young, who is not a right-back, was turned inside out by Kenedy and slotted home the opener.

Then Young was turned with ease again, and new signing Yoshinori Muto added to his sharp turn with a sharp finish.

It was the start United must have dreaded, but no us fans expected this, not even the most optimistic Newcastle supporters.

Suddenly, the biggest Premier League 2018 news story was on the cards. Could Mourinho survive another defeat? The obituaries for one of football’s most successful managers at England’s biggest club were being written.

Even Mourinho couldn’t have expected such shocking defending as his side was cut open again and again, only a David De Gea save denying Jonjo Shelvey after he was left in acres of space.

The home boss acted swiftly.

Whether the substitution of Eric Bailly was a sign Mourinho was blaming the Ivory Coast defender for the start – or reminding chief executive Ed Woodward of his failure to back the manager’s call to sign a defender in the transfer market – is unclear.

Perhaps it was just he didn’t want to embarrass a young player by hooking him off so early on.

Either way, on came Juan Mata with young midfielder Scott McTominay reverting to centre-half.

Yet it didn’t make a difference.

Marcus Rashford headed wide, but Newcastle came closest to adding to their tally with Ayoze Perez looking dangerous. De Gea denied Muto again, and anxiety seemingly seeping out of every home pore.

The Premier League 2018 odds on Mourinho surviving the weekend were slim as the teams returned to the dressing room at half-time, and Mourinho jogged back to deliver arguably the most important team talk of his career.

The boos turned to cheers as the Portuguese boss, under immense pressure immediately before kick-off, headed to the tunnel, a sign not everyone was giving up.

However, if many of the players were devoid of confidence, others should have been embarrassed.

If they had stopped playing for the manager, it meant they had stopped playing for the club and the fans; that is definitely unforgivable.

The second half started as many would have expected with United pushing Newcastle back deep in their own half.

Nemanja Matic, who had by now reverted to centre-back, blazed over the first chance from close range before Rashford headed wide.

A home goal was desperately needed but plucky Newcastle were holding firm, even though more focus was on home misery rather than a terrific away effort.

It arrived 20 minutes from time when Mata produced a trademark free-kick which was despatched beyond talented Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

The shot-stopper then denied substitute Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling but was helpless as the tireless Anthony Martial produced a fine finish to equalise.

Newcastle almost nearly caused home palpitations before a combination of Fellaini and Lukaku managed to clear the ball off the line.

Time was ticking and only a home win would suffice, and then the moment few saw coming at half-time.

Substitute Alexis Sanchez headed home to leave luckless Newcastle crestfallen as Old Trafford erupted.

“Still United with Jose” – you better believe it!

Key statistics

Manchester United have lost one of their last 37 home matches against Newcastle in all competitions (won 27, drew nine), with that solitary loss coming in December 2013 during David Moyes’ tenure thanks to a Yohan Cabaye goal.

The Magpies are winless in nine games (eight in the league) since beating Chelsea in May.

Only in 1898-99 (10 matches) and 2015-16 (eight games) have they waited longer for their first victory in a top-flight campaign.

What’s next?

It’s the international break now.

Jose Mourinho brought back Manchester United’s form in the 2nd half of their Premier League match against Newcastle

Jose Mourinho celebrates after scoring their third goal

United are back in action in a fortnight’s time (October 20) when Mourinho returns to his former club with a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea.

Then it’s time for a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo as Juventus visit the Theatre of Dreams in the Champions League.

Newcastle, who need owner Mike Ashley to invest, are next in action when they entertain Brighton at St James’ Park.

 

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Sanchez motivated for new term

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is ready to hit the ground running for the new season, while he wishes to see big-name players joining the ranks at Old Trafford.

Sanchez admits he did not find his best form for the Red Devils after signing from Arsenal in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January.

The Chilean is 9/2 to score first when United begin the new Premier League season with a home game against Leicester on Friday night and he's very keen to get underway.

"The truth is I'm very eager to get started with the new season, and I'm very motivated," he said.

"I think when you go to a new club in the middle of a season it's always hard.

"In the five or six months that I've been here, it was all about learning, new training methods, working with a new coach and getting to know my team-mates.

"I want to now show everyone what I know I can do and what I'm capable of and bring something to the team and performing for my teammates."

Another of his former clubs, Barcelona, have just recruited his compatriot Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich and Sanchez says United too must be looking at big names.

United have made two summer signings to date, with Fred joining from Shakhtar Donetsk and Diogo Dalot from Porto.

"At United we have to sign big players, with experience," Sanchez told Sky Sports. "Barcelona just signed Arturo Vidal, who is a great player and my team-mate from Chile.

"He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level.

"From what I've seen in training, Fred is a player who always wants to get forward, he is always trying to get forward and from a personal point of view I think we'll be able to combine well and it will be good for my game."

Man United are 1/2 to beat Leicester, with the Foxes 7/1 and the draw priced at 16/5.

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Sanchez frustrated with his form

Chile international Alexis Sanchez has admitted that he has not found it easy to adapt to life at Manchester United following his transfer from Arsenal.

Sanchez, who moved to Old Trafford in January, has struggled to cope with Jose Mourinho's preferred style of play and was a peripheral figure on Saturday as United were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

The 29-year-old has managed to score only three goals in 18 appearances for Mourinho's side, who are 6/1 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title and 1/3 to finish in the top four.

"I think that in every game I have played in I have maybe found it hard to adapt to the style of play and I have been getting to know my team-mates," said Sanchez.

"I also had some great players alongside me at Barcelona, some highly experienced guys who had great quality. I think that United are not too dissimilar as a club to them in their size and stature. However, I believe we need to improve in all aspects."

United finished second in the Premier League table but were 19 points behind champions Manchester City, 8/13 to win the title again next season.

"We need to be focused and concentrated in the big games and the same in the so-called lesser games too," Sanchez added. "I want to try and keep improving so we can see the club winning trophies."

SPOTLIGHT: Stateside Rooney, Super Rafa and a Chile-ing Absence

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Wayne Rooney is headed to the MLS

Wayne Rooney is reportedly set to depart from the Premier League to MLS

Wayne Rooney’s potential move to MLS has been agreed in principle

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Wayne Rooney’s time in the Premier League is now up. The former England captain is 32, had a subpar season with Everton and does not want to play for any clubs other than the Toffees and Manchester United.

Some feel that his game isn’t suited to the English game anymore, and his move away from the Premier League is inevitable. Wazza confirmed those theories by agreeing a deal in principle with Major League Soccer side DC United.

The deal, reportedly worth £12.5m, was closed after Rooney’s representatives negotiated terms in the United States. Pundits such as Gary Neville supported the move, saying that his return to his boyhood club didn’t really work out well for him.

However, Everton boss Sam Allardyce insists that the Toffees haven’t asked him to leave.

“My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going we’ll see later on,” Allardyce said. “I’m comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let’s get this clear. Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has Wayne Rooney had a confrontation with me.”

Should Rooney head to the USA, he will inevitable meet with former United team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who already made himself a home with the LA Galaxy.

Rafael Nadal sets new record in dominant clay streak

Rafael Nadal broke McEnroe's 49-set winning run

Rafael Nadal holds an all-time winning record of 50 winning streak in a row

Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the man to beat on clay courts, and his wins at Monte Carlo and Barcelona are clear evidence of his dominance. However, not many people know that Nadal just added another huge accomplishment to his already-illustrious career.

The King of Clay broke American tennis legend John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface. The match that got him through the record books is his victory over Diego Schwartzman in the third round of the Madrid Open.

He will try to extend his record when he faces Dominic Thiem, but Nadal is just appreciating what he just did.

“When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there for always. It’s difficult to be able to win 50 sets in a row,” Nadal said. “Well, it’s done. It’s over. Let’s not talk about that anymore and let’s continue on what we have ahead, which is what I am concerned about.”

Chile’s World Cup absence will haunt Sanchez

Chile missed out the World Cup qualification

Despite being on FIFA’s Top Ten, Alexis Sanchez and Chile will miss the World Cup.

Football fans that know their FIFA World Rankings will be aware that almost every single nation in the Top Ten are on their way to Russia. Chile is the only curious exception.

It’s unimaginable that a team that stars Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo would be missing out on playing for the World Cup. However, a devastating defeat to Brazil forced Sanchez and friends to try and make it to the intercontinental playoff.

Colombia’s loss to Peru doomed La Roja to spend the summer watching the World Cup from their homes. The loss hurt Sanchez so bad that it affected his training with Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger shared his opinion on his former winger: “I believe to play at the top level, it is part of dealing with that kind of disappointment. He is in a very difficult mind. Chile just won the Copa America twice, and now they don’t even go to the World Cup.”

It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that Chile’s devastating exit from the World Cup was what prompted Sanchez to pack up and leave the Emirates for better pastures. While he is now playing on a better team at Manchester United, the sting of not playing in Russia will affect his mental state for quite some time.

He is among the list of excellent players who won’t play in the World Cup. The fault is in no way entirely Sanchez’s, but the team did lose some important matches that could have secured their spot.

All they could do now is hope that Sanchez is still as effective a player when he is 33 for the next World Cup. While this won’t be his last World Cup, Alexis won’t be playing at such a high level when the doors for Qatar open.

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Lukaku sits out league finale

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will not feature in the final two games of the Premier League season due to an ankle injury.

The Red Devils ace suffered the problem during the 2-1 win over Arsenal late last month and was forced to sit out the 1-0 defeat at Brighton last Friday, with Lukaku now hoping to be back in contention in time for the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini will also miss the trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham on Thursday evening, but could be back in time for the final game of the Premier League campaign, at home to Watford on Sunday.

However, United will be boosted by the returns of defender Phil Jones and Alexis Sanchez for the clash with the Irons, as they aim to ensure finishing in second place in the table.

Boss Jose Mourinho told reporters: "In terms of injuries, it's Lukaku and Fellaini. They are the two players who are not available for tomorrow. Phil Jones is back, Alexis Sanchez is back and there are no more problems.

"Lukaku will not play in the last league game of the season, Fellaini might – it is a muscular problem and we will wait and see."

Meanwhile, Hammers boss David Moyes is happy to wait until the season is over before discussing a longer-term stay at the London Stadium, having guided his side away from relegation danger following his arrival in November.

He added: "We have always said that we will talk after the end of the season. We will wait.

"It was always the way I wanted it and I won't change my views until after we've got these two games out of the way."

Moyes has a number of injury absentees to cope with against United, with the likes of Javier Hernandez, Michail Antonio, James Collins, Winston Reid and Pedro Obiang all missing, while goalkeeper Joe Hart and forward Marko Arnautovic are doubtful.

West Ham are 18/5 to claim victory on Thursday evening, with the draw priced at 14/5, while United are available at 8/1 to secure a 2-1 win.

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De Gea desperate for trophies

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is desperate to add to his trophy collection and believes current boss Jose Mourinho is the man to help him do so.

The 27-year-old Spain international moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2011 and has since emerged as one of the finest goalkeepers in world football.

However, De Gea is keen for more silverware, having won just one Premier League title and the FA Cup before the League Cup and Europa League were claimed in Mourinho's first season in charge at United in 2016/17.

He told the Daily Mail: "I'm playing well, I'm confident, but I have to maintain it and win trophies. That's what world-class players do.

"I want to win. If you are at United, you need a manager with a winning mentality. We had that with (Alex) Ferguson, Mourinho has it. He wants to win every game.

"We spoke at the Euros and he told me he wanted me with him and wanted trophies.

"Titles are what I crave. We have to get United back to their best, back in the Champions League, back as the champions of England, back to the top."

De Gea has been linked with a return to Spain for much of his time in Manchester, but Mourinho was quick to slam the door on the latest speculation claiming that there was "no chance" of his player leaving this summer.

United and De Gea are 6/5 to keep a clean sheet at home to Arsenal on Sunday and are 17/2 to claim a 1-0 win over the Gunners, with Alexis Sanchez 11/10 to score at any time against his former club.

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Wenger set for Sanchez reunion

Arsene Wenger admits it will be a little strange to see Alexis Sanchez line up for the opposition when Arsenal face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Chile international forward Sanchez exited the Gunners in January in a swap deal which saw attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction.

And the South American will face his former club for the first time on Sunday, as Wenger makes his final trip as a manger to Old Trafford.

The Frenchman told his club's official website: "At the time he did not accept our contract offer and the best possible way where we could get something from his departure was to make an exchange for the player of the quality of Mkhitaryan.

"For him, it was a move to another big club. Overall, both parties had interest to do what happened.

"Of course (it will be little bit strange to face Alexis). The only thing that he has not changed is the colour, that's still red.

"It's strange for me to see him in a different shirt, because he had a strong bond with the club and of course he was here for a few years. He did extremely well for us."

Sanchez has scored three goals in 14 appearances for United since his move, while Mkhitaryan has netted twice in 12 outings for the Gunners.

Another January recruit, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has scored six in nine Premier League games since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund and he is 7/4 to score at any time on Sunday.

A draw is available at 9/2, while United are 8/1 to register a 2-1 victory on home turf.

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Mourinho waits for Sanchez best

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident that January recruit Alexis Sanchez will be 'great' for the Old Trafford outfit next season.

The 29-year-old Chile international forward has scored three goals in 14 appearances for the Red Devils since his arrival from Arsenal, with Mourinho believing that next season will be the one where Sanchez shows his true class.

The Portuguese told reporters ahead of a Sunday showdown with Sanchez's former club at Old Trafford: "He was playing in (the Premier League) for years, we all know how good he was, that's why he was chased by so many teams, I believe.

"That's why we fought to have him here and I was saying he's the right player, not just because of typical football qualities, but his mentality as well.

"We needed that. We needed more experience, more mental aggression and I knew sooner or later it was coming.

"I don't like the January market, but it was now or never. Can he help us the way he's helping us lately for the rest of the season? I hope so and feel so, but what I'm sure about is next season.

"After pre-season and after being comfortable and adapted, he'll be great for us."

Sanchez spent three and a half years with the Gunners before opting to head to Manchester, having scored 60 goals in 122 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

He can be backed at 11/10 to score at any time against Arsenal on Sunday, while the South American is 11/2 to score two or more goals in the game.

United, who won 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season, are 11/1 to claim another 3-1 victory on Sunday.

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Sanchez demands more of himself

Chile international Alexis Sanchez admits that he has been disappointed with his form since he joined Manchester United in January.

Sanchez, who moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal, has scored just once, against Huddersfield Town in February, in 10 appearances for United.

"Because I demand a lot from myself, I was hoping for something better," Sanchez said. "After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly.

"The change of club was something that was very abrupt – it was the first time I have changed clubs in January – but many things have happened in my life that are difficult."

The 29-year-old scored 60 goals in 122 Premier League games during his time with Arsenal following his transfer to Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

Chile, who failed to qualify for this year's World Cup finals in Russia, play friendlies against Sweden on Saturday and Denmark three days later.

Chile are 11/8 to beat Sweden while Manchester United can be backed at 9/4 to win the FA Cup this season. Jose Mourinho's side face Tottenham at Wembley in the semi-finals on 21st April.

Sanchez is available at 8/5 to score at any time against Sweden.

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Sweden vs Chile

This should have been one of the friendly football games to savour less than three months before the start of the World Cup.

Yet, amazingly, this clash in the Friends Arena only features one nation which will grace the summer spectacle in Russia.

That’s because the biggest sports betting shock of all last autumn came for the Copa America holders.

For so long, Chile seemed on track to qualify for what organisers call the ‘greatest show on earth’.

Then three losses in their final four qualifiers saw them drop out of the qualifying spots and meant star men like Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal would spend the sunnier months on the beach while many of the world’s stars are on the biggest stage of all.

Perhaps that is why new coach Reinaldo Rueda has included uncapped players in his squad for their visit to Solna.

Although star names remain in the squad, the likes of Claudio Bravo, Jorge Valdivia and Gonzalo Jara miss out, so new faces are likely to feature at some point.

The South American have lost four of their last six and, without a major tournament to look forward to this summer, this seems an ideal time to experiment.

Less so the Scandinavians who, while likely to give outings to some fringe players, will want to have a settled first XI in place for their opener against South Korea on June 18.

Janne Andersson has been reportedly considering a plea to ask country hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come out of retirement, but that is probably wishful thinking from sections of the media and support who miss the great talisman.

And why should he? The Swedes displayed both talent and spirit in the camp which led to the massive play-off success in November over Italy which means the Azzurri, like Chile, are big-name absentees.

As Chile look to rebuild, Sweden look to build on a success which also saw them come through a qualifying group which contained France and Holland—the Dutch also casualties of the campaign.

The Friends Arena has been a happy hunting ground for Sweden in their last five competitive matches. There is no reason why that won’t continue this weekend.

Both nations have points to prove, but Sweden may just have that bit more!

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