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Manchester United thump Leicester after Chris Smalling sparks goal rush

theguardian.com — It would be harsh, perhaps, to pin this result solely on the fact that José Mourinho had decided to remove Wayne Rooney from his starting lineup. If this was the old Manchester United at work, it also looked suspiciously like the old Leicester City.

Tony Pulis: ‘You get pigeonholed. You accept it or fight it. I’ve accepted it’

theguardian.com — Autumn 1992. Tony Pulis is a rookie manager at Bournemouth setting out on the long road that has brought him to the point of his 1,000th match. His first company car, a gift from the chairman, Norman Hayward, has already been to the garage after smoke started pouring out of the dashboard on the M3 and Pulis is getting an early lesson in the economics of lower-division football.

Lucas Pérez opens account as much-changed Arsenal ease past Nottingham Forest

theguardian.com — It has been 17 years since these sides last met and for Nottingham Forest it was a chastening experience given that Arsène Wenger had effectively put out a reserve side.

Notingham Forest show rewards of investing in production line

gulfnews.com — London: It is 12 years since Brian Clough died and his philosophy of giving youth a chance is being maintained at the City Ground by Philippe Montanier It is probably a reflection of Nottingham Forest's difficulties in the modern era that when they renewed acquaintances with Arsenal on Tuesday it was the first time in the 21st century they have encountered the club who wear the same colours because it was Forest, 130 years ago, who donated a red strip to help set them up.

Nottingham Forest show the rewards of investing in the production line

theguardian.com — It is probably a reflection of Nottingham Forest's difficulties in the modern era that when they renew acquaintances with Arsenal on Tuesday it will be the first time in the 21st century they have encountered the club who wear the same colours because it was Forest, 130 years ago, who donated a red strip to help set them up.

Wayne Rooney’s years at top take their toll on Manchester United captain

theguardian.com — They changed the format of the press conferences at Manchester United some time ago. For the past 10 years or so, everything has been in front of the cameras and the managers, as such, always tend to put on their face for television, remember to mind their language and often disguise, or water down, what they really feel.

Leicester City ease to victory over Club Brugge on Champions League debut

theguardian.com — As first experiences of the Champions League go, Leicester City are probably entitled to wonder whether it is always this straightforward. It is not, as they will no doubt discover later in the competition, but this was a hugely satisfying way to start their European excursions and a reassuring way to find out there is no need to be apprehensive about taking their place at the top table.

Leicester embark on ‘another big fairytale’ in the Champions League

theguardian.com — The most revealing moment, perhaps, came in the small, airless room beneath the Jan Breydel Stadion where Wes Morgan was asked whether Leicester City, preparing for their first experience of the Champions League, could confound everyone again by winning the damn thing. "Why not?"

The joke has been on Nicklas Bendtner for far too long

theguardian.com — It was an upstairs room of Arsenal's training ground, October 2009, and I imagine I am not the only person in this profession who has sat opposite Nicklas Bendtner, listening to him setting out his master plan and wondered if he might be in danger of running out of breath, such was the energy he put into blowing his own trumpet.

Manchester City’s derby delight as De Bruyne inspires triumph over United

theguardian.com — Pep Guardiola drew first blood in his renewed managerial duel with José Mourinho as Manchester City deservedly won an absorbing Premier League derby 2-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
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Sep 24, 2016

RT @guardian_sport: Man Utd thump Leicester as Smalling sparks goal rush and Pogba gets off mark @DTguardian live report https://t.co/onhCpd3HRt

Sep 24, 2016

Leicester City looking very much like the old Leicester City today.

Sep 24, 2016

Rooney has been playing since he was 16. He's never had a season where he's played fewer than 42 games. The bloke's burned himself out.

Sep 24, 2016

Difficult to argue with Rooney decision. A great career but he's looked like a champion boxer after one too many fights recently.

Sep 24, 2016

The rumours are correct: Wayne Rooney has been dropped from #MUFC team to play Leicester

Sep 23, 2016

@bayernoatcake2 fair enough - every successful manager has to be a bit of a bastard though, and he certainly did well for Stoke


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