Alisson was sh*t, Arsenal were pleasantly windy and…
6 days ago, 15:05
Manchester United drew 2-2 with Arsenal on Wednesday. It was a fun game, not least because they were level for 85 of 90 minutes, meaning the result was never certain.
But it was not ‘just like the old days’ (Neil Ashton, The Sun), nor was it ‘just like old times’ (Martin Samuel, Daily Mail).
All four goals were the results of ridiculous individual mistakes. Marcos Rojo had the most shots. Marouane Fellaini pulled someone’s hair. ‘Pizzagate’ this was not.
Don’t let The Sun go down on me
‘The teams started picking personal battles, reminiscent of the days when Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane would smash each other to pieces out there’ – Neil Ashton.
‘And his [Torreira’s] was a real retro performance from the days when Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira used to ring this fixture in red ink and get ready to spill blood and mince bones’ – Dave Kidd.
Is it possible to write for The Sun and not link everything so tenuously back to the past when it was so much better?
Like Sunday morning
‘The result is far from perfect but they score full marks for spirit and application against this breezy Arsenal team.’
Mediawatch can only wonder how Neil Ashton of The Sun has learned that Arsenal’s players are ‘pleasantly windy’.
“I don’t know what he’s been doing for the last six weeks. You’ve had six weeks of pre-season – go on, get on with it!’ – Tony Adams on Unai Emery, talkSPORT, August 14.
“After Arsene, I was so excited with the prospect of a real change – it was a great chance to do things differently but against City it was an Arsene Wenger performance – only more so. I felt so sad about that. You’re not watching them thinking ‘there’s a change here’. It’s the same goalkeeper, the same style of play – it just feels the same’ – Tony Adams on Unai Emery, The Sun, August 24.
“The coach is obviously a lot different from Arsene. The new coach has come in, there’s a hell of a lot of changes, the structure’s changed” – Tony Adams, BT Sport, December 5.
‘The seven changes from the team that drew at Southampton brought to 46 the number of players used by Mourinho so far in the Premier League campaign’ – Andy Dunn, Daily Mirror.
Not quite. It brought to 46 the number of *changes made* by Mourinho so far in the Premier League campaign. Slight difference.
Fun and James
‘Origi did well to lay the ball back to Milner in space and the midfielder rolled a shot into the corner from the edge of the box.
‘Hart and Milner were close pals during their days together at the Etihad so the Liverpool man would have enjoyed that one’ – Martin Blackburn, The Sun.
Because he would have bloody hated it if he hadn’t previously played with the goalkeeper he had just scored against.
‘And it means the Reds now have their best ever start to a Premier League season. Considering all they achieved in the 70s and 80s that is some effort’ – Martin Blackburn, The ...
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