Daniel Taylor

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

Latest posts

  1. Wayne Rooney rekindles his Everton love affair and wants to play up front — July 10, 2017
  2. Chris Smalling vows to prove Mourinho was wrong to question his bravery — June 7, 2017
  3. England’s Gareth Southgate out to allay José Mourinho’s fears over data leaks — May 30, 2017
  4. Wayne Rooney at risk of going out at Old Trafford with a whimper | Daniel Taylor — April 22, 2017
  5. Manchester United’s Mourinho looks beyond Anderlecht to Europa League final — April 19, 2017

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Jul 10

Wayne Rooney rekindles his Everton love affair and wants to play up front

Wayne Rooney revealed he is looking forward to the Merseyside derby more than going back to Old Trafford and also that he wants his England place back

If nothing else, it was a more polished performance than the first time Wayne Rooney staged his own press conference, on a January evening in 2003 and the occasion of his first professional deal for Everton. At 17, Rooney was so unprepared for the barrage of flashing cameras the words stuck in his throat and his audience could hardly hear him speak. David Moyes told him off for chewing gum and there was an awkward moment, after his first uncertain words, when he reached for the bottle of water on his table. Rooney was about to swig straight from it until Moyes intervened. “Pour it in the glass, Wayne,” came the advice.

Related: Wayne Rooney and Everton are well placed for a fruitful and warm reunion | Nick Ames

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/10/wayne-rooney-rekindles-everton-love-affair-england

Jun 07

Chris Smalling vows to prove Mourinho was wrong to question his bravery

• England centre-back describes himself as leader who puts body on the line
• United manager’s comments were him being professional, says Smalling

Chris Smalling, one of the players whose competitive courage has repeatedly been questioned by José Mourinho over the last season, has said it is wrong to allege he is not willing to put his body on the line and insisted he can supply the hard evidence to show the Manchester United manager was wrong.

Smalling chose his words carefully to make sure he did not say anything that could be construed as direct criticism of Mourinho but the centre-half said it was not true, contrary to what his manager had implicitly stated, that he was reluctant to play unless he felt 100% fit.

Related: Marcus Rashford: England seniors need me more than Under-21s right now

Related: Jack Butland back from ‘rock bottom’ into Southgate’s England reckoning

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/07/chris-smalling-jose-mourinho-wrong-bravery-manchester-united

May 30

England’s Gareth Southgate out to allay José Mourinho’s fears over data leaks

• FA suspects Manchester United have withheld sports science information
• United concerned other clubs will see requested data on their players

The Football Association suspects Manchester United have withheld key information about their England internationals because José Mourinho and his staff do not fully trust the governing body to prevent it being leaked to rival clubs.

Gareth Southgate, the England manager, is trying to improve the relationship between the FA and the relevant people at Old Trafford after admitting there had been a trust issue, citing “the perception of [information] being leaked”.

Related: England coach Steve Cooper sees hope in painfully familiar defeat to Spain

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/30/england-gareth-southgate-jose-mourinho-data-leak-manchester-united

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