José Mourinho refused to be drawn on the absence of Paul Pogba from his starting lineup in Seville where Manchester United held on for a dogged scoreless draw. Instead United’s manager had praise for the “fantastic” performance of Scott McTominay, who started in Pogba’s place, and called on Old Trafford to produce “a big Champions
This is a fixture to bring memories of frenzied previous meetings flooding back. Even 13 years on it is easy to recall Ronaldinho’s shimmying hips and that shot bereft of back-lift planted beyond Petr Cech from distance or John Terry’s headed riposte which carried the hosts through.
Olivier Giroud sat behind the home dugouts, burying his emotions in Chelsea training gear, though so much of this new start would have reminded him of his darker days at Arsenal. Only 24 hours previously he had been summoned from the bench as his old team succumbed to Swansea City. Now prised away by the
By the end it had turned into a deeply chastening experience for Manchester United and not just because of the mere fact that for long spells Tottenham Hotspur outplayed, out-thought and out-fought them. That was one thing, but this defeat for José Mourinho’s team contained so many different subplots it was difficult to think of
Mesut Özil has agreed a new three-year contract at Arsenal. The midfielder will put months of uncertainty behind him by signing the deal in the coming days. It will make him the club’s highest paid player on £350,000-a-week and represents a massive statement of intent from both him and them.