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SBNation - Thu Dec 6 5:00 PM
Manchester United’s complacency is a feature, not a bug. There’s no point hoping they can change. Another day, another Manchester United performance that manages, just about, to postpone the coming crisis for at least another game. If Arsenal had thrashed them, as we all knew was possible, then c...
SBNation - Thu Nov 29 6:09 PM
Marouane Fellaini is doomed to keep saving the Red Devils, no matter how much fans take him for granted. And so it was that in the town of Manchester at that time there lived a man from Belgium. His name was Marouane, and he was both blessed and cursed by the gods. And his blessings and his curse...
SBNation - Sun Nov 11 8:00 PM
Manchester City beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday, and David Silva’s goal wasn’t even the best part of his game. There was an inconsequential moment around the 62nd minute of the Manchester derby that showed the almost omnipresent nature of David Silva . City were attacking and Sergio Aguero h...
SBNation - Fri Nov 9 1:39 PM
The Manchester derby continues this weekend as Manchester City hosts Manchester United this Sunday as solid betting favorites on the Premier League odds. Manchester City has taken over sole possession of first place in the English Premier League standings with an undefeated record of 9-2-0 throug...
SBNation - Thu Nov 8 7:30 PM
Jose Mourinho is acting up like himself and his team is starting to look like one. Something strange is happening with Manchester United . Something unexpected; something unsettling. Something that you might almost — impossibly, unthinkably — call competent . Martin Keown, on the television, call...
SBNation - Thu Nov 8 6:55 PM
Andrew Miller, Craig Kimbrel, Kelvin Herrera and more are all up for grabs. Many teams are looking to upgrade their pitching staff this offseason, as even teams that made a postseason appearance saw their bullpens fall apart at the most inopportune times or normally reliable starters fail to mow...
SBNation - Fri Nov 2 8:40 PM
Wayne Rooney has been a pure success for D.C. United, which is why the way his season ended on penalty kicks was so heartbreaking. It didn’t feel right that Wayne Rooney was the first player to take a penalty for D.C. United in the shootout against Columbus Crew. It takes bravery and leadership t...
SBNation - Wed Oct 24 5:27 PM
A team with a plan coasts by a team without one. It wasn’t a thrashing, and it probably could have been. Cristiano Ronaldo scores goals in Europe, and Manchester United ’s defence is a skittish and unsettled collective. But Ronaldo was quiet, and David de Gea did what he does, and in the end Juve...
SBNation - Tue Oct 23 2:20 PM
Tactically Naive discusses Madrid, Jose Mourinho’s struggles, and Arsenal’s resurgence. Football? Football! Soccer? Soccer! Welcome back to Tactically Naive, in which you can call this wonderful game whatever you want, as long as you are prepared to admit that it is Good. Even when it’s Bad. Onwa...
SBNation - Sat Oct 6 8:42 PM
The players that Mourinho scapegoats willed Manchester United to a victory by playing the style they’ve been begging him to implement. Manchester United was so bad in the opening 15 minutes of their match against Newcastle , it was easy to wonder if the players were trying to get Jose Mourinho fi...
SBNation - Mon Oct 1 4:31 PM
That plus Luka Modric, Jose Mourinho, how to reckon with Cristiano Ronaldo and more in this week’s Tactically Naive. This is the introductory paragraph, in which Tactically Naive greets you, invites you to consider that football is good, mostly, and then salutes you for your agreement. This estab...
SBNation - Thu Sep 27 4:12 PM
After another humiliating defeat and a blowup between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba, it’s time to recognize this team for what it is. Manchester United ’s men’s team is, on balance, in the broadest and most rounded sense of things, not a serious football team. They are, however, many other things....
SBNation - Thu Sep 13 3:21 PM
What would it look like if an aging manager could confront his younger self? This is a 100 percent fictional story about Jose Mourinho being trapped and burdened by the standards of success that he set when he was younger. There was a part in here that referenced Lord Dunsany’s story about Fame a...
SBNation - Wed Sep 5 2:00 PM
On Mourinho, Paul Pogba, and the strange weight of Manchester United’s history. There is a curse that comes for football managers. Some keep it at bay for years at a time; others succumb within months. But they all fall victim, just before the end. They lose the dressing room. As a cliche, it’s e...
SBNation - Thu Aug 30 7:06 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo gets to play Manchester United again, Liverpool got screwed, and Group A is a hipster paradise. 32 teams learned their fate in the UEFA Champions League group stage draw on Thursday, and some are happier with their path to the knockout stage than others. The likes of Bayern Muni...
SBNation - Mon Aug 20 3:58 PM
Plus patience for Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo and more in this week’s Tactically Naive. Serie A is back. La Liga is back. Ligue 1 actually came back last week but we didn’t notice. Oops. Sorry about that. And so with the exception of the Bundesliga, which is taking an extended holiday after a...
SBNation - Thu Aug 16 3:40 PM
By hiring a director of football over Jose Mourinho, Manchester United says goodbye to the manager as god-king. This week in Well, It’s About Time news: Manchester United are looking for a director of football . On the face of it, it’s the sensible move. Perhaps the only move. United’s transfer w...
SBNation - Mon Aug 13 3:05 PM
OH MY! D.C. United needing something special to win on Sunday night, and Wayne Rooney was ready to be special. ARE YOU KIDDING US, @WayneRooney ????? AMAZING!!!!! #DCvORL https://t.co/Iys5sJBDOs — Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 13, 2018 United were locked at 2-2 with Orlando City SC on Sunday...
SBNation - Fri Aug 10 11:19 PM
Andreas Pereira might quickly emerge as a Manchester United fan favorite. It’s a massive credit to and damning indictment of Jose Mourinho that he seems able to turn anyone into a solid defensive midfielder. His most unorthodox conversion project yet is way ahead of schedule. Andreas Pereira — a...
SBNation - Thu Aug 9 7:31 PM
Jose Mourinho didn’t have the best times this summer, but others actually did enjoy things. The English transfer window has drawn to a close, and while not everything went exactly according to plan for English teams, their early date to close their transfer activity has created a strange and almo...
SBNation - Sun Jul 15 2:48 PM
Just before the 58th minute, Wayne Rooney jogged over from the corner flag where he’d been warming up with his D.C. United teammates. The crowd at the new Audi Field, often demure for much of the match, started murmuring, and then cheering. It was time. Rooney notched an assist, and made a stark...
SBNation - Tue Jul 3 2:25 PM
On Monday night, Belgium arrived at a World Cup crossroads. They were two goals down to Japan , and nothing was working. Roberto Martinez had presented his Plan A, and it had been found wanting. And so he turned to his bench, and to Marouane Fellaini. In doing so, he arrived at a crossroads-withi...
SBNation - Thu Jun 28 3:34 PM
Plus some reasons it might be OK for fans screaming ‘I WANT TO BELIEVE’ Wayne Rooney is coming to MLS, and he isn’t coming cheap. No one seems to have nailed down the exact financial details of his transfer quite yet, but it’s fair to say he’ll comfortably be the most expensive player D.C. United...
SBNation - Wed Jun 27 2:07 PM
Argentina’s problems were not fixed with Messi and Rojo’s goals. But they have time to try to figure something out. After Mexico beat Nigeria 2-1 yesterday to advance to the knockout round of the 2018 World Cup , my colleague Kim McCauley brought up a recurring scene in the Bourne film franchise....
SBNation - Tue Jun 26 11:58 PM
Nigeria and Argentina have one of the most surprising, and agonizingly lopsided, rivalries in international soccer. Marcos Rojo has only scored three goals for Argentina . Two of them have been against Nigeria . His first goal came in the 2014 World Cup , when he scored Argentina’s third to beat...
SBNation - Mon May 21 2:43 PM
Plus Jose Mourinho’s Cup-less tenure at Manchester United, and more in this week’s Tactically Naive. Hello! Welcome back to Tactically Naive, SB Nation’s look back at the last seven days in kicking balls into nets. The Martinez Gambit Of all the little staging posts on the road to a World Cup , t...
SBNation - Mon May 14 3:09 PM
Plus Premier League shenanigans, a World Cup approaches, and more. Hello, friends, and welcome back to Tactically Naive, our look back at the week in soccer. This week our sponsors are Chris Hughton ’s hair, David Wagner’s glasses, and Rafa Benitez’s twinkly grin. Wayngels and Demons Renowned sym...
SBNation - Mon Apr 9 2:49 PM
In a game that was largely symbolic, Paul Pogba and others made their mark. Look, we’re going to have to face it. Sometimes, a game of football just doesn’t make sense. Sometimes — as with the Manchester derby — the cliche of two halves doesn’t quite cut it. This was a game of at least six teams....
SBNation - Fri Apr 6 2:59 PM
Manchester City is the betting chalk at the sportsbooks this weekend as they host Manchester United in another chapter of their Derby on Saturday. With only one loss through 31 games in a remarkable 27-1-3 campaign, Manchester City is well on its way to the English Premier League title. Despite t...
SBNation - Thu Mar 15 5:02 PM
It’s time for refs to finally give big athletes the justice they deserve. There were several instances in Manchester United’s match against Sevilla in which Romelu Lukaku was fouled while on the ball, but the foul wasn’t called . For some of them, he stayed on his feet through the tackles, which...