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Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba have struggled for form of late. Photograph: Reuters

In American sports there is the phrase “franchise player”. It refers to an individual who is deemed not just to be a good player but someone around wh(...)

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard scores the winner in their Premier League clash with Chelsea. Photo: Peter Powell/EPA

Manchester United 2 Chelsea 1 Jesse Lingard caused Old Trafford to reverberate with noise following a 76th-minute header that grabbed a win that took(...)

Jose Mourinho  issues instructions to Paul Pogba during the recent defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Photograph: Ian Kingston/AFP/Getty

Jose Mourinho has lately sought to give the impression that he is at peace with the world at large: the best-behaved manager in the technical area, th(...)

Korey Smith scores Bristol City’s winning goal in injury time to knock  holders Manchester  United out of the  Carabao Cup at the quarter-final stage at Ashton Gate. Photograph:   Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Bristol City 2 Manchester United 1 Bristol City are in the Carabao Cup semi-finals after Korey Smith scored a stunning winner against Manchester Unit(...)

José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola issue instructions to their respective teams during the Manchester derby at Old Trafford. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

A few days ago the former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg caused a minor sensation by telling NBC’s Men In Blazers podcast that he had intenti(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola  and Manchester United manager José Mourinho: Guardiola has said he and Mourinho are like “twins” because of their obsession with winning. Photographs: Glyn Kirk; Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho has accused Manchester City of diving, the Manchester United manager claiming “a little bit of wind” would knock their players over. U(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (centre) is spoken to by referee Paul Tierney after his post-goal celebration during their win over Southampton. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

José Mourinho said he is “not surprised” Pep Guardiola received no sanction for going on to the pitch after Manchester City’s late winner against Sou(...)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at a  training session at the Stadion CSKA Moscow ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho believes the key to Manchester United beating CSKA Moscow in Wednesday’s Champions League game and maintaining their fine start to the s(...)

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes gestures to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

A game for Marouane Fellaini: that was José Mourinho’s assessment after Manchester United dropped their first points of the season. The richest club i(...)

 Nemanja Matic: “They are second, two points behind us, but the most important thing is who will be in Russia.” Photograph:  John Peters/Getty Images

Finally, a visiting player has moved beyond describing the Irish football team as playing the “British style of football,” but Nemanja Matic’s updated(...)

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