Premier League assistant managers: who are they and what do they do?

One shares a flat with his boss, another is known as the manager’s ‘brother’. A run-down of the men who help to shape their clubs’ success Known as Carlos, the 45-year-old Spaniard is building up good relationships with the Arsenal players, even if he is not the type to shy away from confrontation. Fiery and animated, if he feels that something needs to be said, he will say it – even to Unai Emery. Arsenal are the sixth club at which he has worked as Emery’s assistant, following Almería, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and PSG. Carcedo was an uncompromising midfielder, who had spells with Atlético Madrid and Nice but played mainly at second division level. David Hytner Continue reading...

Chelsea and Juve will provide an acid test for Mourinho’s Manchester United

The victory over Newcastle lifted the spirits at Old Trafford but there are sterner challenges around the corner All that speculation over José Mourinho’s future subsided pretty quickly, did it not? There cannot really have been much of a crisis at Manchester United if a single last-gasp win over a team in the bottom three has made everything hunky dory again, though once the uneasy international break truce is over the matter will be put to the test at the weekend. United’s next three opponents are Chelsea, Juventus and Everton, a bit more of a challenge than Wolves, Derby and Newcastle, and it is not inconceivable based on recent form that they might struggle to win any of those games. The manager had the bright idea in the narrow 3-2 victory against Newcastle of pulling Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic back to operate alongside Chris Smalling because – stop me Continue reading "Chelsea and Juve will provide an acid test for Mourinho’s Manchester United"

Michael Carrick: ‘Depression over a game sounds extreme but I felt in a very dark place’

The Manchester United coach talks about the guilt that gripped him after the 2009 Champions League final, guiding young players though pitfalls and dishing out rollickings Michael Carrick tells a story about the first time he encountered Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when, by his own admission, he might not have made quite the impression he intended. Carrick had just arrived from Tottenham. Ferguson had passed him the No 16 shirt vacated by Roy Keane and was giving him the big introductory speech. “We’re used to winning at Manchester United, you know? The scrutiny is different to what you’re used to. Everyone looks at you differently when you’re at Manchester United. Everyone wants to beat you, everyone wants a piece of you, everyone wants to criticise you, everyone’s after you.” Continue reading...

Jadon Sancho has followed a path that more English talents should take | Eni Aluko

Borussia Dortmund’s brilliant 18-year-old winger has sent a message to players such as Marcus Rashford that going overseas does not mean being overlooked by Gareth SouthgateEngland return to Nations League action on Friday and there is one player in particular I am really excited about seeing perform for Gareth Southgate’s side –Jadon Sancho. Make no mistake, the winger’s call-up is a big deal for English football and could mark a turning point for young English players. Related: Nations League, Lionesses and roundabouts – Football Weekly Extra Continue reading...

Jadon Sancho has followed a path that more English talents should take | Eni Aluko

Borussia Dortmund’s brilliant 18-year-old winger has sent a message to players such as Marcus Rashford that going overseas does not mean being overlooked by Gareth SouthgateEngland return to Nations League action on Friday and there is one player in particular I am really excited about seeing perform for Gareth Southgate’s side –Jadon Sancho. Make no mistake, the winger’s call-up is a big deal for English football and could mark a turning point for young English players. Related: Nations League, Lionesses and roundabouts – Football Weekly Extra Continue reading...

Are goals from the halfway line overrated?

Long-range goals are remarkably popular but are these big hoofs worthy of such high praise? By Tom Lines for WSC, part of the Guardian Sport Network
It took exactly 2.8 seconds for David Beckham to become a household name. The time between the ball leaving his right boot, arcing 55 yards over a furiously back-pedalling Neil Sullivan, and nestling comfortably in the back of the Wimbledon net. Scoring from the halfway line had seemed possible until that moment but still tantalisingly out of reach. Pelé famously came close in 1970, Chris Waddle nearly managed it at Italia 90 (but the offside flag was up anyway) and when Everton’s John Bailey did it in 1982 he quickly admitted the whole thing had been a fluke. Related: The Joy of Six: goals from the halfway line and beyond | Jacob Steinberg Continue reading...

A host of Europe’s top football clubs are strangely out of sorts

Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have won 26 European Cups between them. You wouldn’t know it from their form By Martin Laurence for WhoScored It was a weekend of shock results across Europe’s major leagues, with the Bundesliga and La Liga in particular throwing up more surprises. Two titans of the game fell to equally startling defeats on Saturday evening – just as Manchester United were avoiding one of their own at Old Trafford. There was a sense of disbelief from fans at Old Trafford when United went 2-0 down inside 10 minutes to a Newcastle side who had not won all season. It took three players who have been marginalised by José Mourinho this season – Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sánchez – to turn the atmosphere from stunned silence to raucous noise and ensure United avoided dropping into the bottom half of the Premier Continue reading "A host of Europe’s top football clubs are strangely out of sorts"

Juventus rule out move to bring Paul Pogba back from Manchester United

• ‘We’ve never thought about his return and we’re not going to’
• José Mourinho due to learn whether he will face FA chargeJuventus have ruled out re-signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United. The midfielder left for Old Trafford in 2016 but his strained relationship with José Mourinho and refusal to rule out a transfer have opened the possibility of a move. “We love Paul Pogba, we’ve a fantastic relationship with him but we’ve never thought about his return at Juventus and we’re not going to think about it,” the Italian club’s sporting director, Fabio Paratici, said. Continue reading...

Ballon d’Or 2018: Contenders for football’s global honour revealed

• Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze battle for inaugural women’s award
• Ronaldo, Kane, Bale and Salah make men’s list Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze have been nominated for the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or while Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo are contenders for the men’s award. Kirby’s nomination arrives after she won the PFA Player’s Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Women’s Footballer of the year for 2017-18 while Bronze added to her list of honours with a Champions League medal as well as a league title with Lyon. For the first time, France Football magazine is awarding the individual award this year to a woman and a man on 3 December in Paris. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

A call to get tougher on diving, Arsenal are turning up the volume and Everton’s biggest investments are coming good Declan Rice faces a big decision over his international future after once again being left out of the Republic of Ireland squad for the Nations League matches against Denmark and Wales as he ponders switching allegiances to England. The versatile 19-year-old – who qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents – already has three senior caps and represented them at several youth levels but remains eligible for the country of his birth under current Fifa regulations. He performed well in a defensive midfield role despite West Ham’s improved run of results coming to an end against Brighton on Friday and looks like the kind of player who could excel in Gareth Southgate’s young England side if given an opportunity. Manuel Pellegrini said Rice must take his time to decide but the Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Lukaku wants Manchester United to ‘always play like that’ – but can they?

Manchester United came back from two goals down to defeat Newcastle and players have called on the team to repeat that second-half performance – but it may not be that easyRomelu Lukaku crystallised what many fans believe when he said that Manchester United should always storm forward as they did in an exhilarating second half against Newcastle United. The final 45 minutes had José Mourinho’s team in the “attack-attack-attack” mode that is the United way but has become a near-collector’s item under the Portuguese. It is the biggest count against the manager from supporters who will countenance defeat but only if the side go down swinging. Continue reading...

Mourinho says ‘manhunt’ against him affecting Manchester United players – video

Manchester United manager José  Mourinho says speculation over his future had become a "manhunt" and that the atmosphere it has generated has been impacting the players. United fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Newcastle United 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday with Alexis Sanchez grabbing the 90th-minute winner. The game came amid media reports of Mourinho's future being on the line, with one paper saying he would be fired this weekend regardless of the Newcastle result - a claim denied by the club. Continue reading...

José Mourinho complains he is being blamed for ‘the rain and Brexit’

• Manchester United manager says he is the victim of a manhunt
• ‘Some of my players are not coping so well,’ he addsJosé Mourinho took paranoia to a new level in the aftermath of Manchester United’s dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle, complaining the last few days have felt like a manhunt and that “wickedness” is now spoiling a game that is supposed to be beautiful. “A lot of things have been directed at me personally,” he said. “There is too much talking. I have begun to feel that if it rains in London tomorrow it is my fault. If people don’t like Brexit it is my fault. I have been blamed for extending my contract until 2020 but I didn’t point a pistol at the club, they wanted to give it to me. I am 55 years old now and I can live with it but some of Continue reading "José Mourinho complains he is being blamed for ‘the rain and Brexit’"