Jamie Jackson

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Name: Jamie Jackson
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/chelsea

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  1. Manchester City’s Monaco failure should put Pep Guardiola on defensive | Jamie Jackson — March 16, 2017
  2. Pep Guardiola to stick with Manchester City’s guns-blazing style at Monaco — March 14, 2017
  3. Manchester United’s striking crisis: four forwards to miss Chelsea tie — March 12, 2017
  4. LA Galaxy bid to make Zlatan Ibrahimovic highest-paid in MLS history — March 9, 2017
  5. Manchester United need to beat Rostov to make José Mourinho ‘smell the final’ — March 7, 2017

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Mar 16

Manchester City’s Monaco failure should put Pep Guardiola on defensive | Jamie Jackson

Pep Guardiola saw his side score six and concede six across two legs of the Champions League last 16 but blamed his high-scoring attack, not his high-conceding defence, for failure

Pep Guardiola was hired to win the Champions League for Manchester City and on Wednesday night they crashed out in the last 16 at the hands of Monaco. This is the unpalatable truth Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the chairman, and the chief executive-sporting director axis of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain have to digest with year one of their Get Guardiola master plan in tatters.

If the Catalan was not required to win the competition in his first season the absolute minimum was to elevate style and offer clear evidence City are only fractions from breaking into the continental elite headed by Barcelona and Real Madrid. Instead Guardiola’s team were knocked out two rounds earlier than last term, when Manuel Pellegrini took City to the European Cup semi-finals for the first time. The Chilean was sacked by Mubarak despite that achievement, the claiming of the second League Cup of his tenure, and a fourth-placed finish last May.

Related: Manchester City stunned by Monaco: ‘We weren’t there in first half,’ admits Guardiola

Related: Monaco’s Tiemoué Bakayoko condemns Manchester City to away-goal defeat

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/16/manchester-city-monaco-pep-guardiola-defensive

Mar 14

Pep Guardiola to stick with Manchester City’s guns-blazing style at Monaco

• City out to build on 5-3 Champions League advantage against Monaco
• ‘Take the ball and attack is the only way I know to beat this type of team’

Pep Guardiola has no doubt Manchester City can win the Champions League with the all-out attacking football that beat Monaco 5-3 in the first leg of their last‑16 tie.

City take on the Ligue 1 leaders at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday night with the tie nicely poised.

Related: Sergio Agüero helps Manchester City pull it out of the fire against Monaco

Related: How Monaco fashioned a table-topping team from their own academy | Igor Mladenovic

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/14/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-win-champions-league-monaco

Mar 12

Manchester United’s striking crisis: four forwards to miss Chelsea tie

• Rooney, Rashford and Martial ill or injured; Ibrahimovic suspended
• Mourinho may push Mkhitaryan forward in Stamford Bridge quarter-final

Manchester United’s hopes of defending the FA Cup were dealt a severe blow after Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were all ruled out on the eve of Monday night’s quarter-final against Chelsea.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic starting a three-match suspension it means José Mourinho is without all of his frontline strikers for the trip to Stamford Bridge. The manager had planned to field one of Rooney, Rashford and Martial at No9 in the absence of Ibrahimovic. But with Rooney injuring himself in an training accident with Phil Jones on Sunday, Rashford falling ill on the same day and Martial also suffering an unspecified problem Mourinho will now have to field a makeshift forward line at his former club.

Related: José Mourinho left trailing by calmed-down Antonio Conte | Daniel Taylor

Related: Antonio Conte will stay exuberant when Chelsea face Manchester United

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/12/manchester-uniteds-striking-crisis-four-forwards-to-miss-chelsea-tie

Mar 09

LA Galaxy bid to make Zlatan Ibrahimovic highest-paid in MLS history

• Swede’s current one-year contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer
• Player has an option to extend by a further 12 months but has yet to sign

LA Galaxy want to prise Zlatan Ibrahimovic away from Manchester United with a deal that would make the striker the highest paid player in Major League Soccer history.

The Swede’s current one-year contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer and though there is an option to extend by a further 12 months it is yet to be signed.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/09/la-galaxy-want-zlatan-ibrahimovic-highest-paid-player-major-league-soccer-history

Mar 07

Manchester United need to beat Rostov to make José Mourinho ‘smell the final’

• Mourinho: ‘Europa League last 16 we are far … last eight you smell the final’
• Rostov manager Ivan Daniliants warns United of problem pitch in Russia

José Mourinho has stated Manchester United will focus seriously on the Europa League if they knock out Rostov and reach the quarter-finals owing to the Champions League qualification that winning the competition secures.

Mourinho takes his side to Russia for Thursday’s last-16 first leg with United also challenging for a European Cup berth via a top-four Premier League finish and still in the FA Cup.

Related: Manchester United’s Mkhitaryan and Carrick set to miss EFL Cup final after St-Étienne victory

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings charged with violent conduct by FA

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/07/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-europa-league-rostov

Feb 28

Pep Guardiola comments move Joe Hart closer to Manchester City exit

• Catalan professes himself ‘so happy’ with Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero
• Manchester City manager says ‘we will talk about it at the end of the season’

Pep Guardiola has hinted that Joe Hart’s Manchester City career may be over after stating he is “so happy” with Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero as goalkeepers.

Related: Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola must use his head over Joe Hart | Daniel Taylor

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/28/pep-guardiola-joe-hart-manchester-city-exit

Feb 17

Foreign coaches take time to understand FA Cup, says José Mourinho

• Manchester United face Blackburn Rovers in fifth round on Sunday
• ‘Not everybody studies and understands the culture of this country,’ he says

José Mourinho believes that some foreign coaches fail to understand English football’s culture and this can lead to FA Cup upsets, with Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool the highest-profile casualty of this year’s competition.

Mourinho takes Manchester United to Blackburn Rovers for Sunday’s fifth-round match. He is intent on fielding a strong XI and not “throwing it away” as he admits doing when Chelsea’s manager in a tie against Newcastle United. Mourinho selected a weakened side for that match in February 2005 as he was focusing on playing Barcelona in the Champions League and Liverpool in the League Cup final in the next two matches. Chelsea beat Barcelona over two legs and Liverpool but lost 1-0 to Newcastle.

Related: Michael Keane: ‘It was always United for me … but I don’t regret leaving’ | Daniel Taylor

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/17/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-blackburn-fa-cup

Feb 16

Huddersfield’s Harry Bunn: ‘Dad reminds me he was Scholes’s favourite player’

The striker believes his team can shock his former club Manchester City in the FA Cup but is unlikely to match his father Frankie’s six goals in a cup tie for Oldham

For a moment Huddersfield Town’s Harry Bunn allows himself to dream of FA Cup glory. Having overcome a career-threatening injury and the disappointment of being released after 13 years at his boyhood club, Manchester City, Bunn has earned the right.

In the clubhouse of the Championship’s third-placed side the 24-year-old says Pep Guardiola’s City can be knocked out in Saturday’s fifth-round tie at the John Smith’s Stadium. “Definitely, we can beat them on our day,” he says. “Anything can happen in the FA Cup. Can I score the winner? Fingers crossed, yes.”

Related: Championship’s Yorkshire revival gives football its northern soul back

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/16/huddersfield-harry-bunn-scholes-manchester-city-fa-cup

Feb 15

Luke Shaw to be left out for fourth Manchester United game in a row

• Left-back to miss Europa League first leg against St Étienne
• José Mourinho to stick with back four who kept out Watford

Luke Shaw is fighting to convince José Mourinho of his worth, with the left-back likely to be left out of Manchester United’s squad for Thursday’s Europa League home game with St Étienne.

The manager said Shaw would not be in his starting XI and it is understood the 21-year-old is expecting to be left out of the 18 for the last-32 first leg match. If so it would be the fourth consecutive match-day squad from which Shaw has been excluded. His last appearance was in the 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic on 29 January.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/15/luke-shaw-manchester-united-jose-mourinho-europa-league

Jan 30

Second strings disrupt FA Cup harmony but minnows play some stirring tunes | Jamie Jackson

With a winners’ purse of only £1.8m, bigger clubs will continue to field weakened teams despite the risks because league status is the priority

On Monday night The One Show hosted the FA Cup fifth‑round draw. For the event to be deemed suitable for a prime-time BBC programme aimed at Middle England shows the competition’s enduring appeal.

Just as undeniable, though, is the troubling question of whether the 146-year-old trophy is devalued by the fielding of reserve XIs on fourth-round weekend and the number of shocks this helped produce.

Related: Shock FA Cup wins for Sutton United and Lincoln City – Football Weekly

Related: FA Cup fifth round draw: non-league Sutton to face Arsenal

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jan/30/fa-cup-shocks-sutton-united-lincoln-city

Jan 27

Anthony Martial to keep place if he is magnificent in FA Cup, says Mourinho

• Manchester United manager wants winger to shine against Wigan
• Luke Shaw to start against in FA Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford

José Mourinho says Anthony Martial will have to be “magnificent” against Wigan Athletic in Sunday’s FA Cup tie to retain his place, with Manchester United’s manager not concerned at how the Frenchman has received being dropped from the previous two match-day squads.

Martial last featured when starting in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford on 15 January. Mourinho took the forward off after 65 minutes and Martial was subsequently left out of the 18 selected for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stoke City and Thursday’s 2-1 defeat at Hull City. Despite that loss in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg United progressed to next month’s final against Southampton on aggregate.

Related: With Lincoln on the FA Cup trail: from 4.20am ticket queues to toilet trouble

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/27/anthony-martial-magnificent-wigan-jose-mourinho-manchester-united

Jan 15

José Mourinho: Jürgen Klopp thought I was trying to get Firmino sent off

• Manchester United manager explains row with Liverpool counterpart
• Late incident results in Roberto Firmino and Ander Herrera being booked

José Mourinho said his bust-up with Jürgen Klopp during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool was because the visiting manager believed he tried to have Roberto Firmino sent off.

The incident occurred late on at Old Trafford when Ander Herrera grabbed the Brazil forward whose retaliation ended with United’s midfielder on the floor.

Related: Mourinho and Klopp proving right fit for Manchester United and Liverpool | Jamie Jackson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/15/jose-mourinho-jurgen-klopp-thought-i-was-trying-to-get-firmino-sent-off

Jan 06

José Mourinho says Manchester United were always stable before unbeaten run

• Holders begin FA Cup defence buoyed by 13-game unbeaten run
• Rooney and Romero to start against Reading at Old Trafford

José Mourinho has said that Manchester United have not yet reached “heaven” despite a 13-match unbeaten run that includes victory in the past seven games.

United start their defence of the FA Cup against Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday in the midst of their finest form under Mourinho. Yet the manager insists that even when United suffered four successive home draws against Burnley, Stoke City, Arsenal and West Ham United in the Premier League they were not in “hell” either, because of the stability that is the key factor in their upward curve.

Related: Wayne Rooney to start for Manchester United against Reading, says Mourinho

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/06/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-fa-cup-reading-unbeaten-run

Jan 06

Bolton’s David Wheater: Chicken parmesan’s just not healthy for a player

The Middlesbrough native may be missing some hometown culinary comforts but, as he prepares for FA Cup date with Crystal Palace, things have never been better on the field

David Wheater’s focus on being a consummate professional for Bolton Wanderers means eschewing a favourite food: the Parmo.

Related: FA Cup third round: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Related: Faces behind the FA Cup third round: ‘At this level these are the days you live for’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/06/david-wheater-bolton-wanderers-fa-cup-crystal-palace

Jan 06

Wayne Rooney to start for Manchester United against Reading, says Mourinho

• Schneiderlin and Depay to miss out with futures unresolved
• But Schweinsteiger in contention to start following illness

Wayne Rooney will start for Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup third round meeting with Reading at Old Trafford as the holders attempt to win the trophy for a record 13th time.

The captain has missed the last three matches with a muscle problem, his last action coming in the 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on 17 December. He has scored 248 goals for the club, one fewer than Bobby Charlton’s United record.

Related: Faces behind the FA Cup third round: ‘At this level these are the days you live for’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/06/wayne-rooney-manchester-united-reading-fa-cup

Jan 02

Pep Guardiola denies Manchester City discipline problem after latest red card

After Fernandinho’s sending off against Burnley, City’s seventh of the season, a tetchy Guardiola said: ’You’re the journalist not me. Ask the referee not me’

A tetchy Pep Guardiola refused to accept Manchester City have a discipline problem despite Fernandinho’s sending off in the 2-1 win against Burnley being his side’s seventh of the season.

Related: Manchester City’s 10 men sink Burnley thanks to Clichy and Agüero

Related: Pep Guardiola sorry for City fracas but refuses to blame Sergio Agüero

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/02/pep-guardiola-denies-manchester-city-discipline-problem-after-latest-red-card

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