Jamie Jackson

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Nov 05

Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal: five talking points from Sunday’s league encounter | Jamie Jackson

Ederson Moraes and Fabian Delph impressed, and although Arsenal found a small chink in City’s armour, the visitors’ defensive woes continued apace“We’ve got Guardiola” sang the delirious home support and here was another key win overseen by the Catalan…

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Oct 16

Raheem Sterling: I didn’t think for one minute about joining Arsenal

• Manchester City forward ‘didn’t believe a word’ of transfer rumour in August• Sterling is joint top-scorer for Premier League leaders with seven goalsRaheem Sterling has stated he did not “think one minute” about Arsenal’s wish to buy him in the summ…

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Oct 15

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have found killer touch this season

• Balance the key to unbeaten start, says coach after Stoke rout• ‘This season we feel that, if we arrive, we will score’Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City have found the crucial attacking edge they lacked last season after Stoke City were hammered…

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Oct 01

Manchester United injuries are chance to trust others, says José Mourinho

• ‘We never miss the players who are injured; it’s a moment for others to step in’
• Juan Mata lauds side’s greater efficiency and Romelu Lukaku’s contribution

José Mourinho said he has complete trust in all of his Manchester United players after his side crushed Crystal Palace 4-0 for a fifth consecutive victory without the injured Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman sustained a hamstring problem in the 3-0 win over Basel in a Champions League group game on 12 September. Since then United have beaten Everton 4-0, Burton Albion 4-1, Southampton 1-0 and CSKA Moscow 4-1 before the victory over Roy Hodgson’s bottom-placed side.

Related: Marouane Fellaini double sinks Crystal Palace as Manchester United march on

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/01/manchester-united-injuries-chance-to-trust-others-jose-mourinho

Sep 12

Pep Guardiola calms talk of Champions League glory for Manchester City

• Manager says his developing side ‘are not dreaming’ before Feyenoord test
• Ederson takes place in squad despite face injury sustained against Liverpool

Pep Guardiola admits he does not know if Manchester City can win the Champions League as his side are still in the “process of growing”.

The manager’s side face Feyenoord in their Group F opener at Rotterdam’s De Kuip Stadion on Wednesday night. Guardiola’s view may cause some surprise as he has just overseen a £226m spend in the transfer window, and City’s squad cost £775m to assemble, the most expensive in football history.

Related: Liverpool return to Champions League with hope and intent for past success | Sachin Nakrani

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Aug 20

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola ponders pluses and pitfalls of attacking riches

The manager has a wealth of forward talent at his disposal for Monday’s game against Everton but will need success to keep all his star players happy

For the largest embarrassment of attacking riches in the Premier League’s 25-year history, look no further than Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. At the Etihad Stadium for Monday night’s match with Everton the manager can choose from Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Yaya Touré, Ilkay Gündogan and Sergio Agüero.

After the 2-0 victory in their opening game at Brighton & Hove Albion, Guardiola also mentioned Phil Foden, a 17-year-old who impressed in pre-season and was an unused substitute. If Guardiola’s pursuit of Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez proves successful he will have a full XI at his disposal to fill a maximum of five places, if a three-centre-back system is used.

Related: Everton’s Ronald Koeman: clean sheet at Manchester City may be tough ask

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Aug 09

José Mourinho: Manchester United have ‘a giant on our chest’

• Manager admits United are long way behind Spanish powerhouses
• Mourinho says United will be humble on their return to Champions League

José Mourinho has compared Manchester United’s struggle in the Champions League to having “a giant on our chest” before their return to the competition.

United lost Tuesday’s Uefa Super Cup 2-1 to Real Madrid, who have won the European Cup for the past two seasons, the first club to do so in the Champions League era. United will enter at the group stage of the tournament when it starts next month.

Related: Ugly but effective: Marouane Fellaini proves his worth to Mourinho again

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/09/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-giant-on-chest

Aug 07

Premier League 2017-18 preview No12: Manchester United | Jamie Jackson

José Mourinho has spent lavishly again this summer to create a big, powerful side equipped for the title race – yet Manchester United must buy again

Guardian writers’ predicted position 3rd (NB: this is not necessarily Jamie Jackson’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)

Last season’s position 6th

Related: José Mourinho says Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic is a ‘genius’ after debut

Related: Lindelof’s struggles, Pogba’s leadership: Manchester United tour talking points

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Aug 07

Premier League 2017-18 preview No11: Manchester City | Jamie Jackson

Pep Guardiola appears to have addressed last season’s defensive frailties but will they have time to defend if the manager sticks to an attacking philosophy?

Guardian writers’ predicted position 1st (NB: this is not necessarily Jamie Jackson’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)

Last season’s position 3rd

Related: Premier League 2017-18 fans’ previews, part 2: Manchester City to West Ham

Related: Pressure on José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to produce title challenges | Jamie Jackson

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Aug 05

Pressure on José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to produce title challenges | Jamie Jackson

United and City expect far better for Manchester than last season while Premier League champions Chelsea hoped Morata’s goals could retain their crown

After Antonio Conte led Chelsea to their fifth Premier League crown in his first campaign, Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho embark on a defining 2017-18 season. Defining because the pair were granted a free pass last term. However, Conte’s feat casts a harsh light on how poorly Guardiola and Mourinho performed. Guardiola guided City to an unconvincing third and Mourinho took United to a lowly sixth. As the positions suggest, neither manager was able to mount a serious tilt at the title and thus their respective employers have to find excuses for them and succour from elsewhere.

Related: Nemanja Matic may be Manchester United’s most important summer signing | Jonathan Wilson

Related: Pep Guardiola: I will extend my stay at Manchester City if we win trophies

Related: Tottenham must spend to be in the title shake-up, says Mauricio Pochettino

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Apr 21

Pep Guardiola: Gabriel Jesus could feature for Manchester City against Arsenal

• Brazilian expected to play in FA Cup semi-final after return from injury
• Guardiola confirms John Stones will be absent from Wembley

Pep Guardiola has revealed Gabriel Jesus could start Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in a return that would be nearly a month earlier than the original prognosis regarding his metatarsal injury suggested.

However, it is understood that if the Brazilian is in the starting XI at Wembley it would represent a surprise and he may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Related: Mamadou Sakho: ‘Whatever they say or do, they cannot replace what they took away from me’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/21/manchester-city-gabriel-jesus-pepe-guardiola-fa-cup-semi-final

Apr 16

Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea: five talking points from Old Trafford | Jamie Jackson

Mourinho puts one over on Conte, Rashford and Lingard offer United vision of post-Ibrahimovic era and Hazard’s lack of hunger whets Spurs’ appetite

At times José Mourinho has been cast as a fading force. Not after this. By the end Antonio Conte stood in rain in the technical area looking clueless. Manchester United’s victory derived from Mourinho’s tactical masterclass with the attacking axis of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, and Ander Herrera’s man‑marking of Eden Hazard. It is the ideal boost before the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht on Thursday, with the tie poised at 1-1. Before this match Mourinho posited there was “no emotion” in meeting his former club despite two previous defeats and the abuse received during those visits to west London. Do not believe him.

Related: Marcus Rashford and Manchester United sink Chelsea to reignite title race

Related: Marcus Rashford offers Manchester United a brighter, faster future | Barney Ronay

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Apr 13

José Mourinho blames Manchester United’s forwards for Anderlecht draw

• Leander Dendoncker heads home late equaliser for home side
• Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores away goal in Europa League quarter-final first leg

José Mourinho said Manchester United’s defenders should be “upset” with their attackers for not finishing off Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-final first leg, the manager naming Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial as those culpable.

United led through Mkhitaryan’s 10th of the season after he struck on 37 minutes and, until Leander Dendoncker’s equaliser three minutes from time, Mourinho’s men were in charge. However, despite their superiority, they could not capitalise.

Related: Anderlecht’s Dendoncker denies Manchester United win with late header

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/13/jose-mourinho-hits-out-at-manchester-united-forwards-europa-league-anderlecht