Daniel Taylor

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Name: Daniel Taylor
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/manchester-united

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  1. Wayne Rooney at risk of going out at Old Trafford with a whimper | Daniel Taylor — April 22, 2017
  2. Manchester United’s Mourinho looks beyond Anderlecht to Europa League final — April 19, 2017
  3. José Mourinho tells Manchester United’s Anthony Martial to shape up — April 19, 2017
  4. Little love lost between Chelsea fans and old flame José Mourinho | Daniel Taylor — April 15, 2017
  5. Gareth Southgate wanted Wilfried Zaha for England role but was too late — March 27, 2017

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Apr 22

Wayne Rooney at risk of going out at Old Trafford with a whimper | Daniel Taylor

Manchester United’s record scorer most likely has 10 games left, at most, for the club he signed for in 2004 and his chances of a fitting finale look slim

In the middle of the pitch, under the lights of the Bernabéu, one man could be seen going through his victory poses. Cristiano Ronaldo has choreographed these routines over the years. He kept his top on this time, maybe reserving that particular treat for the final, but you are probably familiar with the rest of the act. Ronaldo pointed at his chest. He nodded with appreciation at his own night’s work and it was the look of self‑adoration you might remember from the Fonz after a particularly impressive chat-up line to one of the girls from Happy Days.

A couple of nights later, it was midway through the second half at Old Trafford when Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo’s old colleague, started going through his warm-up on the side of the pitch. Manchester United were finding it difficult to shake off Anderlecht in their Europa League quarter-final and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had rarely looked so disorientated. Yet when the crowd called for a change it was another substitute, Ander Herrera, they serenaded rather than Rooney. A few moments later, they sang the Spaniard’s name for a second time. Rooney returned to the dugout and never had to remove his tracksuit top even when Ibrahimovic went down with the injury, ruptured knee ligaments, that footballers fear the most.

Related: Manchester United: Ibrahimovic and Rojo suffer ‘significant ligament damage’

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s misfortune could still yield dividend for Manchester United | Jamie Jackson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/22/wayne-rooney-manchester-united

Apr 19

Manchester United’s Mourinho looks beyond Anderlecht to Europa League final

• Mourinho’s side to play second leg of quarter-final on Thursday
• ‘It will be the perfect finale for Manchester United’, says Mourinho of final

There is one possibility, floated in the presence of José Mourinho on Wednesday, that would mean a bittersweet subplot for Manchester United should their status as the only English team left in European competition stretch all the way to the final of the Europa League.

What better way, after all, for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to choreograph his own farewell than a European final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, the stadium where a statue of the Swede is being erected? “For Zlatan it would be fantastic to play the final in Stockholm, in his country,” Mourinho agreed. “It would be beautiful.”

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/19/manchester-united-anderlecht-europa-league-mourinho-rooney

Apr 19

José Mourinho tells Manchester United’s Anthony Martial to shape up

• Martial needs to follow Marcus Rashford’s example, says United manager
• Forward, 21, must work harder and ‘give me things I like’

José Mourinho has warned Anthony Martial he needs to learn from the example of Marcus Rashford and improve his attitude if he wants to find a way back into Manchester United’s first-team plans.

The 21-year-old was not even among the substitutes for United’s 2-0 defeat of Chelsea at the weekend and there is no guarantee he will return when England’s last representatives in Europe take on Anderlecht in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Related: Jack Wilshere out for season after suffering hairline fracture of leg

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/19/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-anthony-martial

Apr 15

Little love lost between Chelsea fans and old flame José Mourinho | Daniel Taylor

When Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday the visiting supporters will again throw shocking vitriol at their former manager but his endless digs do breed contempt

A lot has clearly changed since the time, a decade ago now, when José Mourinho cited safety reasons in response to the question of why, after leaving Chelsea, he had not been back to Stamford Bridge to say goodbye to the fans. Mourinho imagined a stampede of people flocking to his feet and his reply fitted in neatly with the impression of someone who would talk eloquently on any subject, as long as that subject was himself. “Just imagine if I did,” he said. “I would die in the crush out in the middle of the pitch.”

Ten years on, the relationship feels very different now, broken even, judging by the vitriol that was reserved for Mourinho on his last trip to Stamford Bridge. No doubt there will be more of the same from the away corner at Old Trafford on Sunday and perhaps it is just inevitable given the nature of the man and the trait he shares with Sir Alex Ferguson: an almost compulsive need for conflict.

Related: Antonio Conte says Manchester United can still finish in the top four

Related: Eden Hazard and José Mourinho: anatomy of a rollercoaster relationship | Jonathan Wilson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/15/chelsea-fans-jose-mourinho-manchester-united

Mar 27

Gareth Southgate wanted Wilfried Zaha for England role but was too late

• Palace winger went on to choose Ivory Coast
• Steve Parish critical of national set-up

Gareth Southgate has revealed he made a late attempt to persuade Wilfried Zaha against choosing Ivory Coast before England but said he will not pick anyone unless they have an “inherent desire” and has reservations about following Sam Allardyce’s idea of selecting players merely through residency rules.

Southgate said he was so keen to stop Zaha switching countries he made it a priority after taking the manager’s job full-time at the end ofNovember but could not dissuade a player who had already won a senior England cap during Roy Hodgson’s time in charge.

Related: From Kasper Dolberg to Naby Keïta – who are the most in-demand players for the summer?

Related: England goalscorer Jermain Defoe says vegan diet and discipline paying off

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/27/wilfried-zaha-england-gareth-southgate-ivory-coast

Mar 20

Jamie Vardy: I got death threats over Claudio Ranieri sacking at Leicester

• England striker says his family have been targeted
• He insists players had no problem with Italian former manager

Jamie Vardy has claimed he received death threats because of his alleged involvement in the dressing-room mutiny that undermined Claudio Ranieri and said the backlash against the players who won the Premier League title with Leicester City last season has led to his family suffering a number of “terrifying” ordeals.

Vardy denied he had been responsible in any way for Ranieri’s sacking but admitted the incident had crystallised the impression of him as someone “football fans don’t seem to like”. He said the repercussions had also threatened his family’s safety, featuring a number of alleged road-rage incidents involving his wife, Rebekah, as the victim.

Related: Cesare Prandelli: I said no to Leicester over treatment of Claudio Ranieri

Related: Leicester’s Craig Shakespeare basks in new high after win over Sevilla

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/20/jamie-vardy-death-threats-leicester-claudio-ranieri

Mar 18

Romelu Lukaku’s ambition is the same as Ronald Koeman’s | Daniel Taylor

Everton manager has readily changed clubs to further his own career and this response to Lukaku’s desire to move shows an all too common double standard

They were nine games into the Eredivisie season when Valencia came calling for Ronald Koeman in October 2007. PSV Eindhoven, the team he had led to the Dutch title, had won seven and drawn two and were enjoying the view from the top of the table. Yet Koeman had always wanted to manage in Spain and the relevant people at PSV were candid enough to realise Valencia was an upgrade. Jan Reker, PSV’s general director, would later say: “Our question to Valencia was: ‘Can’t this wait until next year?’”

The answer was a polite no. Valencia’s information was that Koeman wanted to go. He signed a three-year contract at the Mestalla and there was no attempt from PSV to block the move. Koeman wanted to advance his career and he went with their best wishes. “Ronald has always said he dreamed of coaching a top club in Spain,” Reker explained. “We respect that. This is a dream club for him and they didn’t want to wait. It’s a pity for PSV but the ultimate challenge for Ronald. I was a coach myself and when you have a dream, you must take it when it comes.”

Related: Romelu Lukaku maintains Everton hot streak with brace in 4-0 defeat of Hull

Related: Koeman criticises Lukaku and warns Everton will not be held to ransom

Related: Happy birthday, Theo, you’re dropped – England bombshell for Walcott

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/18/romelu-lukakus-ambitiousness-is-the-same-as-ronald-koemans

Mar 11

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

Chelsea’s manager, whose team host Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday, has got under his predecessor’s skin by winning games rather than by goading

In Italy, they know it isn’t actually true that Antonio Conte – contrary to the impression he might have given during his first season at Chelsea – is immune to the kind of sniping that leaves the distinct impression he has already burrowed his way under José Mourinho’s skin.

Those who remember Conte’s work at Juventus might certainly be surprised by his newly acquired restraint given he previously had a habit of taking great offence, with hair‑trigger sensibilities, when managers or pundits talked about his team, even sometimes if what they said might have seemed perfectly innocuous.

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

Related: José Mourinho facing Chelsea selection conundrum with Rostov looming

Related: Antonio Conte and Chelsea set to agree new contract beyond 2019

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/11/jose-mourinho-antonio-conte-chelsea-manchester-united-fa-cup

Feb 25

Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester exit a tale of deceit and discourtesy | Daniel Taylor

The Foxes’ title-winning manager deserved better from Leicester’s players and the club’s ungracious owners

It was the headline in Gazzetta dello Sport that jumped out from the news stands on the morning after the kind of newsflash that made it easy to understand what Gareth Southgate meant when he talked about loving the sport but not necessarily liking it. Claudio Ranieri had become another managerial statistic and it was quickly becoming apparent there were players at Leicester City who would be glad to see the back of him. “Inglesi Ingrati,” was the verdict in capital letters on the front page of Italy’s biggest-selling sports daily.

A touch rich, you might think, in the country where some of the more trigger-happy football club owners are known as mangia-allenatore –translation: manager-eaters – and, strictly speaking, the decision to overthrow Ranieri was taken from Bangkok rather than Braunstone or Beaumont Leys.

Related: Claudio Ranieri: my dream died with Leicester sacking

Related: Jamie Vardy denies Leicester players plotted to oust Claudio Ranieri

Related: Claudio Ranieri sacking: two Leicester City fans give their verdicts

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/feb/25/claudio-ranieris-leicester-exit-a-tale-of-deceit-and-discourtesy

Feb 23

Leicester sack Claudio Ranieri less than a year after Premier League title

• Italian informed of decision on return from Sevilla tie
• Roberto Mancini is early favourite to succeed Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri, the manager who led Leicester City to one of the more implausible success stories in history, has been sacked only nine months after taking a team of 5,000-1 outsiders to the Premier League title and a football miracle.

Related: Claudio Ranieri faces growing unrest among Leicester players and staff

Related: Leicester City’s triumph: the inside story of an extraordinary season | Stuart James

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/23/claudio-rainieri-sacked-leicester

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