Jamie Jackson

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Feb 02

Raheem Sterling says referees must ‘protect players from being butchered’

• Sterling: ‘Referees and officials need to cut these tackles out’• ‘I feel Manchester City players haven’t been protected enough’Raheem Sterling believes Manchester City players are being “butchered” by some of the tackles meted out this season.The fo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/02/raheem-sterling-protect-players-manchester-city

Jan 27

Notts County force FA Cup replay against Swansea after Jon Stead strikes

By the close, a draw – and so a replay – was the correct result for this FA Cup fourth-round tie. Swansea City dominated possession, but after freezing to allow Jon Stead’s equaliser for Notts County after the break, the Premier League’s bottom side sh…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/27/notts-county-swansea-city-fa-cup-match-report

Jan 26

Pep Guardiola backs Manchester City to adapt to schedule in quadruple hunt

• ‘Here the TV decide the fixtures and we’ll adjust,’ says manager• Guardiola will not rest players en masse as he warns of Cardiff testPep Guardiola has said Manchester City will challenge for an unprecedented quadruple by adapting to an intense sched…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/26/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-fixture-demands

Dec 25

Pep Guardiola confident Manchester City’s squad will not feel festive fatigue

• Coach ready to make changes to lineup ahead of trip to Newcastle• ‘We ran a lot last season as well. As a manager I’m good with that’Pep Guardiola believes the depth of his Manchester City squad will prevent burn-out over the intense festive programm…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/25/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-newcastle

Dec 10

A combined Manchester XI: which United and City players make it into our team? | Jamie Jackson

On current form four Manchester United players feature in our derby XI, while Pep Guardiola’s team can boast sevenSelection elsewhere has been affected by who is available but luckily that is not the case in goal. Ederson has been hugely impressive, so…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/10/manchester-city-united-combined-xi-derby

Dec 07

Manchester City and Manchester United keen on repeat summer friendly in US

• Overseas derby could be back on the agenda next summer• Touré says City win on Sunday will not mean title race is overManchester City and Manchester United could stage another overseas derby next summer, with an appetite at both clubs to meet in the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/07/manchester-united-city-us-summer-friendly

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/nov/05/manchester-city-arsenal-five-talking-points

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/16/raheem-sterling-one-minute-arsenal-transfer

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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/12/pep-guardiola-champions-league-manchester-city

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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/20/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-everton

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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/07/premier-league-2017-18-preview-manchester-united

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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/07/premier-league-2017-18-preview-manchester-city

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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/05/premier-league-2017-18-preview-city-united-chelsea-tottenham