Man United is out

Mourinho’s decision to place Fellaini alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield resulted in a stagnant United engine room which was far too easily bypassed by Vincenzo Montella’s side. The Belgian’s aerial threat was clearly his main selling point but in truth they were far too disjointed to make the most of it, with a big gap often appearing between their five most attack-minded players and the five charged with limiting the damage at the back.

The Portuguese had clearly made an error in playing around with his attacking midfield line too as he attempted to get the best out of Alexis Sanchez to the detriment of Marcus Rashford. After the England front man’s explosive display from the left against Liverpool he found himself shunted to the right in a bid to get Sanchez into more spaces of his own liking.

The consequence for Rashford was that on the occasions he was able to get beyond defenders and into space, he had a corner flag facing him rather than the goal. And on the one occasion during the first half that he did get into a good crossing position he found six Sevilla defenders and no team-mates in the opposition box.

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Mkhitaryan shines in Europa League

The Armenian was ineffectual against Spurs but produced another assist masterclass to all but kill off Arsenal’s Europa League tie

Four assists in four appearances makes fine reading for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian midfielder was part of the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez head to Manchester United and it’s clear in the early going which team got the player more suited to their game.

Mkhitaryan was largely ineffectual in the north London derby defeat to Tottenham last weekend but his other appearances have reminded the Premier League why he was so sought after while he starred for Borussia Dortmund two seasons ago.

Arsenal’s Europa League campaign presents an opportunity to win European silverware and directly qualify for next season’s Champions League. Mkhitaryan’s involvement has increased in importance as he’ll be without his former Dortmund team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the latter stages of the competition due to the Gabon striker being cup-tied.

The onus is on Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi to assert themselves as they did at the Jamkraft Arena on a freezing cold evening in northern Sweden.

Ostersunds sat off Arsenal for the opening 30 minutes before realising that they needn’t deploy such a tactic. In fact, the Gunners have been at their most vulnerable in the last few seasons when opposition teams press hard against a side whose defensive deficiencies have been exposed far too often.

The Europa League is a breath of fresh air for Arsene Wenger’s side and he will surely see success in the competition as a genuine case to keep him in the Arsenal job until his contract expires next summer.

The established elite of Arsenal, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Sporting all triumphed in their respective ties on Thursday night and it’s already clear how the next stage of the tournament is beginning to shape up. Colombian shot-stopper David Ospina will be Arsenal’s No.1 in the cup competition and he proved his worth with a fine save in the first half and a penalty stop in the closing moments against Englishman Graham Potter’s team.

The second leg will give Wenger the chance to field the likes of Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and 20-year-old January signing Konstantinos Mavropanos. The manager stuck to his promise of fielding a full-strength team in the first leg but he’ll surely be tempted to rest a few starters for the match next Thursday.

Mkhitaryan meanwhile has now provided more assists in his last four games than he managed in his last 20 appearances for Manchester United. He’s a Wenger type of player who will clearly flourish when given space and an opportunity to shine in his favoured position.

While some will diminish the significance of Arsenal’s defeat – especially when they turn in such Jekyll-and-Hyde performances in the Premier League – it’s worth noting that European success could provide the necessary platform to move on to the next level and attract an even higher calibre of player.

Football freedom

Romelu Lukaku feels he has proved his ability as a striker and believes he deserves greater respect for his goalscoring exploits.

Lukaku, 24, is two goals short of a century in the Premier League in his career, having also excelled for Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion before a spell at the Toffees.

“As long as I win and lead my team to winning that’s when I will be really satisfied. As a football player, I don’t play for the individual. A lot of big players that we recognise today in the game are players who have won something and I want to be [the same]. The road is still far ahead but I’m ambitious and I’ll work every day for my team to win – I’m not thinking about myself.

“I can still improve everything about my game. I’m 24 and I think I have a lot of years ahead of me before my prime so I’m never satisfied. I always want to improve and get better and it’s a nice challenge.

“I think I have got a nice record. I’ve scored a lot this season and I just want to keep going. I know that I can improve and I want to improve and really work hard. I want to win trophies. We are still in the fight in two competitions. It’s not going to be easy but it’s a nice challenge.”

Modric regrets not winning a trophy for Tottenham

Luka Modric has revealed that “one regret” from his time at Tottenham still bugs him, despite having left for Real Madrid back in 2012.

The Croatia international spent four years with Spurs before heading to Spain, during which he made over 150 appearances and established himself as one of the finest playmakers in world football.

He was, however, to depart with no tangible reward to show for his efforts, and that still rankles the 32-year-old.

“I’m sorry for the way I left. I wish we had parted in a nicer way. I hope fans understand that I followed my dreams.

“My emotions when I think about the time I spent at Spurs are always really positive. Tottenham is the club that first gave me my opportunity to play in one of the strongest leagues in the world.

“I had a fantastic relationship with the people at the club, and also the fans. The whole atmosphere in and around the club at that time was brilliant, and our results were mostly very good.

“We played in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, against Real Madrid, and in a League Cup final too.

“Do I still follow their results? Yes, when I have time.

“I always enjoy watching Tottenham’s games and I really like what the club has become over the last few seasons.

“They play the kind of enjoyable and attacking football that I like to see, and I definitely think Spurs could win the Premier League title in the near future – they’ve got excellent players.”

“But this is football. Last season things went well, this season we have played quite well but it wasn’t always enough.

“I have no doubt that it is a temporary crisis and that we will achieve our goals from here to the end of the season.

“We are aiming to defend the titles we won last season, and I know it won’t be easy, but I will always trust in our quality.”

Real Madrid star Luka Modric has been named Croatian Footballer of the Year for a record-equalling sixth time, pulling level with the great Davor Suker.

Modric will lead his nation at this year’s World Cup, having skippered their play-off victory over Greece and scored the opening goal in their 4-1 first-leg win.

Modric was also named Player of the Tournament as Zinedine Zidane’s side won the Club World Cup in December.

The 32-year-old has made 12 LaLiga appearances thus far this season, with Real fourth in the Spanish top-flight, 14 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Where is Arsenal’s money

Seriously though. They don’t seem to be spending much. Did they spend it all on building the stadium? He turned in the research paper on Friday; otherwise, he would have not passed the class. I will never be this young again. Ever. Oh damn… I just got older. Christmas is coming. She did her best to help him. Malls are great places to shop; I can find everything I need under one roof. The shooter says goodbye to his love. A song can make or ruin a person’s day if they let it get to them. He didn’t want to go to the dentist, yet he went anyway. I love eating toasted cheese and tuna sandwiches. I often see the time 11:11 or 12:34 on clocks. Sometimes, all you need to do is completely make an ass of yourself and laugh it off to realise that life isn’t so bad after all. The sky is clear; the stars are twinkling. The river stole the gods. The body may perhaps compensates for the loss of a true metaphysics. Mary plays the piano. Should we start class now, or should we wait for everyone to get here? Yeah, I think it’s a good environment for learning English. Don’t step on the broken glass. Everyone was busy, so I went to the movie alone. She advised him to come back at once. We have never been to Asia, nor have we visited Africa. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. She wrote him a long letter, but he didn’t read it. I currently have 4 windows open up… and I don’t know why. Wow, does that work? If I don’t like something, I’ll stay away from it. She only paints with bold colors; she does not like pastels. Joe made the sugar cookies; Susan decorated them. The clock within this blog and the clock on my laptop are 1 hour different from each other. Lets all be unique together until we realise we are all the same.

Never have to wait for football scores again

if you have been a football fan for a while, you probably are going to need some stuff one day.

Here’s an rss feed for some stuff of football livescore.

Not enough? I made a list on pocket for football fans – football list.

I know you think football is about the physics but I must gently disagree with you. Doesn’t matter who you are. We have been through this.

Football is a game. A beautiful game. It should never be mixed with politics. I learned it the hard way. Now the juicy part. We have been searching for the perfect football livescore for a while haven’t we. It’s a difficult job. You should see it coming.

But sometimes I think it’s temporary. It’s gonna change some day. And we will be the ones who change it. For good.

Stay tuned.