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Recent articles by Mark:

England Euro 2020 squad: Who’s on the plane, who’s in contention, who could miss out?

Who stands a good chance of making Southgate’s final 23-man selection? → Read More

Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold on his role model and potential midfield switch

Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed that he has modelled his career to date on Liverpool great Steven Gerrard and that he could move into a midfield role one day. Alexander-Arnold has started the season brilliantly at club level and hopes to carry that form into England’s European Championship qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. → Read More

England striker Callum Wilson on non-league days and what he has learned from Harry Kane

Callum Wilson was once a long way from becoming an England international. A youth product of hometown club Coventry City, he spent four formative months on loan at Kettering Town, then of the Conference. “You could smell burgers and chips when you’re running up and down the line, 1,000 in non-League watching,” he remembers. → Read More

Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold on his role model and potential midfield switch

Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed that he has modelled his career to date on Liverpool great Steven Gerrard and that he could move into a midfield role one day. Alexander-Arnold has started the season brilliantly at club level and hopes to carry that form into England’s European Championship qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. → Read More

Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold pays heartfelt tribute to Jurgen Klopp

Trent Alexander-Arnold has paid a heartfelt tribute to Jurgen Klopp, claiming that he owes “everything” to the Liverpool manager as he celebrates the four-year anniversary of his appointment at Anfield. Since succeeding Brendan Rodgers in 2015, Klopp has led Liverpool to Champions League glory in Madrid last May as well as their highest-ever league points total, only narrowly → Read More

England prepared to break protocol and walk off pitch if racially abused, says Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham has said that England’s players are prepared to walk off the pitch in their forthcoming European Championship qualifiers if subjected to racial abuse, regardless of Uefa’s three-step protocol. → Read More

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally recognised Manchester United’s problems – but can he fix them?

The good news is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now accepts there is a problem. Previously, the Manchester United manager had met each lifeless performance and disappointing result on this run of form with an unreasonably optimistic outlook. He declared himself “pleased” with the goalless draw in Den Haag last Thursday, in which United failed to register a shot on target. There → Read More

Liverpool are playing like it’s a title run-in, but will Jurgen Klopp’s side sustain their momentum?

Shortly after the final whistle had sounded at Anfield, not long since James Milner’s match-winning penalty, Jurgen Klopp strode up in front of his supporters and performed the ‘fist pumps’: three air punches aimed indiscriminately into the Kop, who absorb each blow and respond with a short, sharp roar. → Read More

Newcastle vs Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologises to fans after latest abysmal display

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologised to Manchester United’s supporters after yet another abysmal performance in defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park. A goal by 19-year-old Matty Longstaff on his Premier League debut lifted Newcastle out of the relegation zone and left United only two points clear of the bottom three. → Read More

Newcastle vs Man United result: Matty Longstaff’s debut winner leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side unravelling

It is becoming difficult to find new ways of describing Manchester United‘s manifest problems. Again, there was a lamentable absence of creativity and imagination. Again, there were no options on the substitutes’ bench to call upon. Again, it was unclear what exactly Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to achieve and how he expects to achieve it. → Read More

Newcastle vs Man United: Matty Longstaff's debut winner consigns Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to misery

1. Sorry Solskjaer beaten once again It is becoming difficult to find new ways of describing Manchester United‘s manifest problems. Again, there was a lamentable lack of creativity and imagination. Again, there were no options on the substitutes’ bench. Again, it was unclear what exactly Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to achieve and how he expects to achieve it. → Read More

Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s blame of referees cannot mask club’s lack of imagination

Even though Manchester United’s winless run away from home had stretched to its tenth game and its 212th day, and even though he is still waiting for a first victory on the road since taking permanent charge, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer declared himself “very pleased” with the efforts of his players after their goalless Europa League draw with AZ Alkmaar in Den Haag on Thursday → Read More

AZ vs Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'very pleased' despite miserable away record

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer declared himself “very pleased” despite Manchester United’s long wait for an away victory stretching to ten games. United’s worrying slump in form continued in Den Haag with a goalless Europa League draw against AZ Alkmaar, in which they failed to register a single shot on target. → Read More

AZ Alkmaar vs Manchester United: Red Devils frustrated in Europa League stalemate

Manchester United were frustrated in the Europa League after a stalemate against AZ Alkmaar. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side lacked all sorts of inspiration and failed to break down the Dutch side throughout. Marcus Rashford thought he had won a penalty for the visitors but his appeal was waived away. After Monday's draw with Arsenal, tonight's result means United have won just → Read More

AZ vs Manchester United: How Louis van Gaal’s Alkmaar ‘masterpiece’ sent him on his way to Old Trafford

In the autumn of 2007, there came a moment that neatly summed up Louis van Gaal’s time at AZ Alkmaar up to that point. At a reunion for his class at the Dutch Academy of Physical Education, the 56-year-old, with an arthritic hip, attempted to demonstrate the pole vault to his former peers. He executed the leap well enough. The landing, less so. Van Gaal blamed the the smooth → Read More

Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb result: Substitutes Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden earn late win

This was not an exhibition of the sparkling, free-flowing play that makes Manchester City favourites to win this year’s Champions League but it was job done against visitors in Dinamo Zagreb who were intent on taking a point. → Read More

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Five things we learned from drab Old Trafford draw

Neither side can take advantage in top-four tussle Manchester United and Arsenal had a chance to land a blow in the race for the Champions League places. Instead, this was little more than mid-table mediocrity. Want one moment to sum up the evening? Personally, we enjoyed Granit Xhaka’s botched first-half free-kick routine, which evaded every yellow shirt and nearly went out → Read More

Seven things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

The Premier League returned for another round of fixtures this weekend, with Liverpool beating Sheffield United to maintain their perfect start to the new campaign. The Reds were not at their best but still lead defending champions Manchester City by five points. → Read More

Fantasy football scout tips gameweek 7: Tammy Abraham, Heung-Min Son, Caglar Soyuncu and more

Tammy Abraham One of the break-out stars of these first few weeks in a new fantasy season, Abraham has seven goals in six games and is a fine mid-price option up front to partner Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki. The blank against Liverpool last time out should not worry his owners too much. Chelsea’s next six games are all decent point-scoring opportunities, starting with the visit → Read More

Liverpool face EFL Cup expulsion for fielding ineligible player against MK Dons

Liverpool face the prospect of being expelled from this season's EFL Cup after fielding an ineligible player in their third round victory at Milton Keynes Dons. The identity of the player is unknown but Jürgen Klopp fielded several youngsters in Wednesday’s 2-0 win, starting three debutants in Rhian Brewster, Harvey Elliott and Caoimhin Kelleher alongside teenagers Ki-Jana → Read More