Jose Mourinho has been left angered and perplexed by the scheduling of the Premier League matches that follow Manchester United’s three Champions League group stage away games. The United manager believes the way the fixtures have been chosen has left England’s other Champions League representatives at a significant advantage over his side in the Premier League title race. Each of United’s European away assignments are on Wednesday nights, starting with the match against CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital, and followed by 3pm Saturday kick-offs.
Newcastle United boss has kept his cards close to his chest over suggestions that he could attempt to forge a new central midfield partnership between Jonjo Shelvey and summer loan signing Mikel Merino. The two players appeared to gel well when combined late on against Brighton on Sunday, but were unable to save their side from losing the game 1-0. Speaking after the loss, via the Shields Gazette, Benítez was questioned as to whether the pair would build upon their bright showing in the match, and the Spanish manager responded with a fairly non-comittal answer: "They did well when they were playing together, but it depends on the game. "It depends on the moment during the games. "(Yesterday)
Well, better late than never to notice how good the club has been doing, right? The problem with these articles is that it’s literally nothing that hasn’t been written before about how good the new ownership and management are for the club, with some premature talk of promotion thrown in. And yeah, it’s nice that the club is winning, but more importantly, the club is being run like a proper football club again. Articles that pair current the success of the club in the table with the shocking normalcy of the new ownership miss the point. Yes, the people in charge at Leeds are competent, but they still would be if Leeds was mid-table right now. Anyway, it’s still nice that the BBC has noticed.