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Manchester City Sweeps Aside United and Its History, Inching Closer to Premier League Title



MANCHESTER, England — The morning of the Manchester derby, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose the tales from and the addresses about Manchester United’s past were never again enough. His group’s pride was battered and its notoriety wounded. It was the ideal opportunity for some living history.

So when United’s players left their lodging in Manchester on Wednesday, they didn’t make the voyage south of the city to the rich encompasses of their preparation complex, yet went north rather, to where the club’s incredible groups of the twentieth century prepared: the Cliff.

The rationale was straightforward. This was the most minimal minute in Solskjaer’s short residency as supervisor — six annihilations in eight diversions, coming full circle in a 4-0 embarrassment at Everton on Sunday — and now United’s fans ended up got between the villain and the sky blue ocean: Effectively, all United could do on Wednesday was help pick which of Manchester City and Liverpool, its two fiercest adversaries, would win the Premier League.

What Solskjaer felt his players needed, then, was something between a reality check — a snapshot of what playing for Manchester United used to be like, before Instagram and Stormzy and the superagent Mino Raiola — and a reminder. It was at the Cliff that Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson built the United teams that conquered Europe, the ones that made the club what it is. It was at the Cliff that the standard was set.

It didn’t work. A couple of hours after the fact, Manchester City walked around Old Trafford, watched United fit and puff and blow itself down, and afterward picked off its adversary, 2-0. Bernardo Silva scored the first, Leroy Sané the second. The two objectives were delicate, City’s players waved through by a dissipating resistance and a goalkeeper, David De Gea, who appears to have tired following six years of safeguarding his group out of inconvenience. City currently drives the Premier League, by a point, with three recreations to play. Joined will battle even to fit the bill for next season’s Champions League. The past once in a while trumps the present.

And yet it is to the past, again and again, that Solskjaer has harked, ever since he rode back into Manchester to help his old team through its José Mourinho-inflicted crisis. He rarely allows a public appearance to go by without mentioning some facet of the club he used to know.

Often, at the start, it was because he was prompted, an honest answer to a leading question; more recently, it has been voluntary, almost reflexive. After Barcelona also won here, in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, he could barely help himself. There was hope, he said, because United knew all about scoring late goals at the Nou Camp, scene of Solskjaer’s finest moment, in 1999.

It is constantly genuine, so much does Manchester United intend to Solskjaer, so profoundly does he feel its history. It was, at first, reasonable, an approach to lift the spirits of the fans and the players, perpetually decreased by Mourinho. Progressively, however, it feels as though Solskjaer is bound by the past. A story did the rounds not very far in the past that he would not stop in Ferguson’s old space at the preparation office. He trusts, the story went, that it is “still Ferguson’s spot.”

Toward the finish of the nineteenth century, Norway — as it occurs — built up somewhat of a desire for outside exhibition halls; the nation’s people historical center, in Oslo, and the Sandvig Collections in Lillehammer were among the precursors of Colonial Williamsburg and Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village in Michigan. Hans Aall, the originator of the society exhibition hall, needed to save a romanticized Norwegian social history, when the nation was abrading against its association with Sweden.

This, presently, is the thing that United has turned into: a tribute demonstration to its very own previous wonders, a sort of perpetual strolling visit through a costumed, confected rendition of its previous, a club uncontrolled in an ocean of wistfulness: a visit to the Cliff here, a notice of Barcelona there, endless notices of Ferguson and a minute ago victors and Manchester United DNA.

It worked, for some time, helping Solskjaer lift the group out of its droop, bringing a well known success at Paris St.- Germain — and in Ferguson’s favored, a minute ago style, as well — and procuring Solskjaer, deservedly, a shot at the chosen form of employment all day. Its adequacy has since a long time ago worn off, however; Solskjaer is past the point where he ought to pay respect to Ferguson, and necessities to begin acting like him.


FIBA World Cup: Pinoys’ woes extended after Angola loss; Gilas swept in group




FOSHAN, China—The Philippines closed the gathering round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup without a solitary triumph, subsequent to losing to Angola 84-81 in additional time on Wednesday at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center here.

Gilas Pilipinas, No. 31 on the planet, was positioned higher than No. 39 Angola, yet the Filipinos were as yet incapable to snatch a success against the African side.

The Filipinos will in this manner part of the arrangement with a 0-3 win-misfortune record, before making a beeline for Beijing Thursday for the grouping stage.

There, Gilas and Angola will play Iran and the washout of the Puerto Rico-Tunisia game in Group N.

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North London Derby 2019: How To Watch Arsenal vs. Tottenham




The first true derby day of the 2019-20 English Premier League season is upon us. This Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET, Tottenham will travel five miles across North London to the Emirates Stadium where it will square off against archrival Arsenal (NBCSN; streaming on NBC Sports LiveFuboTV) for the first North London Derby of the new season.

Arsenal got its season off to a flying start with back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Burnley. But the Gunners faced a setback last time weekend, when they were handed a 3-1 defeat by defending UEFA Champions League winner Liverpool at Anfield. The North London Derby will provide Arsenal with the opportunity to immediately put that loss behind it and set the tone for the rest of the 2019-20 season.

The squad manager Unai Emery deploys against Tottenham is still very much in question at the moment. Mesut Özil has yet to be named in an Arsenal squad this season through a mix of security concerns and illness, and it remains to be seen if he’ll make his season debut against Tottenham. This could also be the match in which we see the highly-anticipated debut of an attacking triumvirate feating Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Tottenham, meanwhile, opened the season with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, but it is entering this match hot off a 1-0 upset loss to Newcastle. Sandwiched between those contests, Spurs also have a 2-2 draw against defending Premier League champion Manchester City on their resume this season.

But that draw with City is only a silver lining in the gray cloud that’s been their form dating back to the tail-end of last season. Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham have only won four of its last fifteen Premier League matches, which is the third-worst run in the Premier League over that stretch.

Arsenal will be without three key defensive players—Rob Holding, Hectory Bellerin and Kieran Tierney—for the North London Derby, but all three are expected to return to the squad following the September international break. For Tottenham, Dele Alli could make his return to action after being named to the squad against Newcastle, while Tanguy Ndombele’s status.

Arsenal and Tottenham faced each other three times last year. In the Premier League, Arsenal won 4-2 at the Emirates while the sides drew 1-1 at Tottenham’s temporary Wembley home. Tottenham did manage to knock Arsenal out of the Football League Cup with a 2-0 victory at Wembley last December, though. But Spurs have problems when traveling to the Emirates. Tottenham hasn’t won a Premier League match at Arsenal since 2010.

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Liverpool versus Arsenal: Salah strikes twice as new Gunner flops




Mohamed Salah changed over a punishment before scoring a radiant independent objective as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 to open up a three-point hole at the highest point of the Premier League on Saturday.

Liverpool hadn’t discovered its best structure in opening successes over Norwich and Southampton, and confronted the main other top-flight group with a 100 percent record.

It demonstrated to be a befuddle.

After Joel Matip’s first league goal in 11 months broke the deadlock just before halftime, Salah converted a penalty after being fouled by David Luiz and then made it 3-0 by turning Luiz near halfway, sprinting down the right wing and cutting in to deliver a finish into the bottom corner.

Substitute Lucas Torreira scored a consolation for Arsenal five minutes from the end.

Liverpool will end the third round of games as the only team with nine points from a possible nine.

The game started at a frenetic pace, with the hosts setting a high tempo that penned Arsenal back in the final third. Within 80 seconds, Andy Robertson whipped a ball across the six-yard area which Roberto Firmino narrowly missed. Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s tactics were to defend deep with eight men behind the ball in an attempt to draw the opponent in before trying to release the explosive pace of offseason signing Nicolas Pepe, given a full debut at the expense of Alexandre Lacazette.

Pepe had three shots in the primary half, while Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian – straight from the mistake that cost his group an objective at Southampton a week ago – left his region to clear the ball just to discover Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who hurled the ball back simply past the far post.

Pepe’s most obvious opportunity came when Jordan Henderson’s error on the midway line permitted the Ivory Coast universal to keep running past Robertson be that as it may, in a one-on-one circumstance with Adrian, he took shots directly at the goalkeeper.

Before long, perpetual weight on Arsenal’s barrier started to tell and after Salah held off Granit Xhaka to keenly turn and fire wide, the achievement came. From a corner, Trent Alexander-Arnold at long last discovered his range and Matip profited by the space made by Virgil van Dijk’s tangle with Matteo Guendouzi to power home a 41st-minute header.

Sadio Mane should have done better with his header in injury time but if the interval was a period for Arsenal’s players to clear their heads, no one told Luiz who, in a moment of madness four minutes after the break, tugged on Salah’s shirt.

The Egypt international confidently dispatched the penalty and added a second by brilliantly putting the seal on a three-pass move which eliminated most of the opposition.

Started by Adrian and including Alexander-Arnold, the ball came to Fabinho who flicked forward an inviting ball allowing Salah to skip past Luiz with embarrassing ease 40 yards out. He ran into the penalty area before placing a shot inside the far post with his left foot.

It was then an exercise in damage limitation for the visitors, with Emery’s first change being to send on combative midfielder Torreira for playmaker Ivan Ceballos.

Lacazette, scorer of 19 goals last season and one in one match this season, was not introduced until the 81st minute – and even then it was Torreira who eventually found the net, drilling home a loose ball 15 yards out

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