THURSDAY BIG STORIES
Open Door Policy
Honestly, when you saw Manchester United XI, you thought it was painfully boring, right? Jose Mourinho selected ALL defenders, plus this classic, mad midfielder combination of the big man to protect them. A true anti-virus team.
But then hell broke loose. At least in patches. There was hair pulling, nausea, terrible defense … all the good stuff. Mourinho kicked a wall and then apologized to a boy. An Arsenal player who gets injured almost every six minutes. Marcos Rojo at free kicks. Marcos Rojo takes free kicks well .
David De Gea Lors of Manchester United – Arsenal, Le 5 Dec 2018 in Old Trafford. Getty Images
Oh and goals. Many sweet, ugly, funny goals. It was David De Gea who really set the tone for the evening and treated a rather tame Shkodran Mustafi header as an oiled fireball. "Yes, Tor," said Steve McManaman, looking at the graph of the goal-scoring system that pointed the ball over the line. Pure analysis, buddy.
The first equalizer of Manchester United was also amusing. People, would anyone like to think about clarifying this time lapse from Ander Herrera? I mean, we literally have time to have a committee meeting about dealing with it, then have a cup of coffee, then take a little nap, then a walk to stretch our legs, and then push the ball away , Should we bother? Close
Jose Mourinho, Manchester United manager, reacts during the Premier League League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on December 5, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Getty Images
Then you had to hit Alexandre Lacazette in the fall and overthrow the defenders of Arsenal in the defense Lingard has to go home completely 13 seconds after the restart of United. That Torrausch ended there had more to do with luck than judgment.
The conclusion here? Defense is basically a bad thing. Even immoral. These two teams, who have voluntarily and systematically disarmed themselves on this front in recent years, are flag bearers for our bold, exciting new world.
Vive l & # 39; armistice!
Liverpool uses the card that can be released from prison
It should come as no surprise that Jurgen Klopp, the king of excess, has no time for light, subtle rotation. No, if he rested a few players, he rests just about all good ones. And so lost Liverpool last night against Burnley, with Divock Origi and Alberto Moreno in the field. It was like in the dark days of 2015.
They got away with it. James Milner pared and the cavalry cleared things up: Roberto Firmino hit the bench and Mo Salah, who had been out of action, put Xherdan Shaqiri in the net for a late goal. But Klopp is considering whether he should play the entire B team next time.
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates record against Burnley PA Sport
It was not such a good night for Everton, who had not made it to Cardiff to beat at home or for Chelsea, who lost a lead at Wolves to lose. That's eight points in four blues games. No wonder Maurizio Sarri is worried.
"After the first [Wolves] goal we were suddenly a different team, without the right distances, without our football," said the Italian. "I do not know why. I am really worried – not because of the result, but because of the fact that we did not react. "
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Chelsea – Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, UK – December 5, 2018. Chelsea Alvaro Morata reacts
IN OTHER NEWS
Pele was very, very good at football. And now Pele is very good at fanning the debate on who should be the greatest of times.
His recent contribution to this ever-exciting dialectic (no, YOU have to win a World Cup) is an outstanding contribution to his standards. It turns out that Lionel Messi is one-legged and has "only one skill". Unlike … yep, you guessed it!
Pelé and Messi at the Ballon d'Or 2012 Reuters
Take it away, Sensei: "How can you make a comparison between one Make a man who takes the lead, shoot well, shoot with the left, shoot with the right, and one who only shoots with one leg has only one skill and does not control the ball well? "
Solid stuff. Could you possibly rewrite that to refer to yourself in the third person? Do you know, only for the completeists?
"How can you compare? To compare with Pele, it must be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right and scores headers. "
Pelé – GP of Brazil 2002 Getty Images
HEROES AND ZEROES
Hero: Elias Sorensen
And the award for Best Danish / Geordie Hybrid Accent of 2018 goes to …
Zero: Unai Emery
There is no room for this declining dirt in the game. No place at all.
Yesterday (I know, sorry) was the 36th anniversary of Johan Cruyff's penalty for the Ajax (19459009) club. Talk about a mic-drop moment.
"Ramsey's importance as part of Arsenal's team was highlighted on Sunday in the Northern London derby victory against Tottenham, who came off the bench, played as No.10, scored two goals and changed that Game in General Although Emery Does not Do It I do not consider it an automatic starter In these days when managers do not really have first XIs, but have strong and flexible teams, this was proof that he did still extremely valuable – certainly more than Ozil at the moment, with his relationship with Emery now seems to be dust. "
Reffin 'in the Copa del Rey
Sorry, sorry. Slipped into a strange Otis Redding reverie. There is a Spanish Cup action for you if you like, with Real Madrid vs Melilla probably the most outstanding game. Otherwise, a bit of badlands, but you will not complain after a whole week under the Premier League, right?
Oh, great, it's you.
Tomorrow: Tom Adams. Saturday: the world.