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Rory Murphy
All-round lover of sport with a particular interest in golf and football. Very mild obsessions with Ji-Sung Park and Patrice Evra.

There’s A Worrying Omission From Manchester United’s Squad For Their Trip To Saint Etienne

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United reacts during the EFL Cup Semi-Final second leg match between Hull City and Manchester United at KCOM Stadium on January 26, 2017 in Hull, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Manchester United will travel to Saint-Etienne this evening for Wednesday’s second leg of their last 32 tie of the Europa League. Many viewed the game as an ideal game for Mourinho to rotate his team and rest his most prized assets ahead of Sunday’s EFL Cup Final against Southampton in Wembley. Most importantly, it presented the Special One with a …

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This Astounding Compilation Of Paul Pogba’s Passing Shows Just How Many Assists He Should Have

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Paul Pogba of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on December 17, 2016 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Paul Pogba’s total of five assists this season may sound underwhelming but it should unquestionably be far higher. The world’s most expensive player has created a team-high number of chances but his misfiring teammates have too often failed to convert on his creativity. This eye-opening video highlights just how many seemingly unmissable opportunities he’s seen spurned since his comeback. Zlatan Ibrahimovic …

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Watch: Jose Mourinho’s Hilarious Exchange With A Young Blackburn Mascot

Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has garnered a reputation as one of football’s most unforgiving and cold-hearted men. Eva Carneiro, Luke Shaw and countless others can attest to that fact. However, he’s not always the monster he’s made out to be, it seems. This heart-warming exchange with a young Blackburn fan, one of the mascots for Sunday’s game against Mourinho’s side shows there’s …

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How Manchester United Should Line Up Against Saint Etienne With One Eye On Wembley

WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Luke Shaw of Manchester United (R) takes the ball past Etienne Capoue of Watford (L) during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

A Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick last Thursday all but killed off Manchester United’s Europa League tie with Saint Etienne. Despite the hostile atmosphere that’s set to greet them, Wednesday’s return leg seems a relatively straightforward task and presents Jose Mourinho with a chance to rotate his array of stars. With a 3-goal lead in tow, this is how we think United should …

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Stuart Lancaster Set To Extend Stay At Leinster

Leinster

Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster joined the Leinster coaching staff in September 2016 as a deputy to Leo Cullen. Less than halfway through his initial short-term deal, the 47-year-old is expected to put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension, according to a report in the Sunday Times. His role as a “senior coach” was a welcome change after …

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Northampton Reportedly Targeting South African Half-Back Duo

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Jim Mallinder, the Northampton director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership play off semi final match between Northampton Saints and Saracens at Franklin's Gardens on May 23, 2015 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With Northampton continuing to underwhelm in the Premiership, currently languishing in eighth place, the club are reportedly looking to add some big names in the coming months. Sharks and South African pair Pat Lambie and Cobus Reinach are top of the list, according to a Johannesburg newspaper Rapport. They claim Jim Mallinder’s side have a long-standing interest in the latter while …

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The Confirmed Draw For The FA Cup Quarter-Finals

FA Cup

After a number of shocks in the Fifth Round yesterday, this year’s FA Cup has been one of the most entertaining in years. The drama will surely continue in the quarter-finals with some fascinating games in the next round. All attentions were firmly on who non-league Lincoln City would face after they knocked out Premier League Burnley in the dying …

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Player Ratings For Manchester United As The Reds March On In The Cup

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United - The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round

Manchester United continue to compete on four fronts as they earned a spot in tomorrow’s draw for the FA Cup Fifth Round draw. Mourinho’s charges overcame a resilient Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, coming from behind to run out 2-1 winners. The Special One named an impressive lineup for the game but it was the absences that caught the eye …

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Manchester United Vs Blackburn: Confirmed Lineups For The FA Cup Fifth Round Clash

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Sergio Romero of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Manchester United and AS Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on February 16, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Manchester United continue their run of Cup games as they take on Championship strugglers Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. The Reds overcame Saint-Etienne on Thursday in the Europa League thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick. They travel to France on Wednesday for the seemingly straightforward return leg. Sandwiched in between is the short trip north to take on Owen Coyle’s side. …

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Manchester United Fans Are Getting Very Excited About Jose’s Latest Transfer Hint

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United speaks during a Manchester United press conference on the eve of their UEFA Europa League match against Feyenoord at Aon Training Complex on November 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Following a period of almost complete inaction in the transfer window during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at the club, Manchester United have, in recent years, adopted a policy of unrestricted spending every summer. Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba have all arrived (and, in some cases, left again) since the Glaswegian retired for considerable …

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