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http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11667/10592309/better-without-rooney

Sticking the knife in. It is just funny to read this with mkhi and martial still to come into the team. If mourinho picks his team on form, and knowing the 10 needs to interact with all players and the widemen need to be fast, Wayne will have a tough time staying in the team.

It will be a delicate one to balance.

I said it here a while back but pep gave the boot to squad problems in nasri, hart and yaya. his reward has been to get the best out of current city players he inherited like kdb and sterling. Mou may need to make big decisions like dropping Rooney to get the best out the team.

It's a delicate situation given Rooney is the captain for club and country but no player is bigger than the club so Rooney must accept this and Jose must manage this situation well. When the fans are calling for it, the press is calling for it and the results are going well, it means the situation at utd will be complicated so long as wayne's the captain and among highest earners.
I think in a way what Mourinho is doing is good. If you are someone with the reputation that Mourinho has and the history as a manager he has, you can't pull stunts like canning Rooney - club captain, some would argue club legend, almost the highest scorer in club history, etc. etc. If you boot Rooney, you instantaneously get the media on your back for being rash, bigger than the club, disrespectful and all that. He is slowly giving Rooney enough rope to hang himself so now that he is on the bench people are mostly pleased and not hounding him for why he did it. By showing the (verbal) support he is slowly giving Rooney time to process what is going on and still giving him a chance to save some face, potentially hit a purple patch, get his record and ride off into the sunset.

That would be the ideal case scenario for all parties involved. We'll have to see how it pans out but, for his part, Mourinho's doing a good job walking the fine line so far.
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Rooney's influence on the game is now reaching a stage where he can no longer impact the game anymore. Nobody bat an eye when we moved the likes of RVP on but suddenly everyone is trying to defend Rooney when he has been playing s**t or worse than RVP when he was declining.

Let us not forget SAF signed RVP because Rooney was unfit and we won that last title because Rooney was moved to wide or kept on the bench for some matches. Does it make sense to keep Rashford for example, who scored 3 in 3 for an aged rooney who cant even make a 5 yard pass straight?

I don't think we owe Rooney anything after he has had a stellar career here.
So Theo Walcott was asked if he could ever remember a more dominant arsenal in 45 minutes and he immediately referenced our game last season (where we got blitzed for 20 or so minutes), the smug bastard. I hope he saved the medal he got for beating us for once in his career. Would be great to regain our old record under Fergie, making the Emirates our second home.
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It's okay, Arsenal crushed you last season and now they did the same to Chelsea, and they still won't win a thing. They're not a threat.
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You know nothing John snow...

I had too.
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nah crushed is losing 8-2, they spanked us but we put three on them in the reverse fixture anyways.
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Stupid Wallnut
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i mean he was right tho. before he even answered that question, when the interviewer asked him, i was also thinking about our match against them at emirates last season. but yea, we got our revenge by beating them with kids and destroying their title hopes.
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really, that's the best 45 minutes they've EVER had? flipping twat (walcott), he's just trying to be smug. He was going to break out a goofy grin, he just couldnt wait to bring it up. I was half expecting him to pull out pictures or a dvd from that game out of his back pocket but thankfully he must have forgot it in his locker.
"Can you think of a more dominant 45 minutes in recent times, Theo?"

^ that was the exact wording of the question, not in "ever."

https://youtu.be/QVY6tDcoPO0
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ok, but i think you are missing the point, the guy is taking a swipe at us. that's their most dominant half in recent history? really? nah he's clearly taking the piss.
I was surprised he didn't say "any newcastle game, ever...except that 1" lol in all seriousness though I think he could easily pick out a Hull city game or an Aston Villa, but the context of the question may have been geared towards against a team that is of high caliber.
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^well thats my point, arsenal serially spank bottom half teams but the first name out of his mouth is united and i think it's a cheeky dig.
I won't deny you that. But who else in the top 6 have we spanked recently? City would be the next one from 2 seasons ago but I wouldn't say we spanked them. We usually fall top 4 because we don't consistently beat the teams that finish above us.
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#WengerOut
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#wangsout
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"What you’ve got here at the moment are four different managers of players and you’ve got a plate that’s got bolognese on it, a chicken tikka masala, a roast dinner with a load of curry and gravy thrown over the top and individually they are quite nice but together he has got to find out which bits of the plate he doesn’t like."

- Gary Neville

So glad he's back as a pundit!
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start of the match: 'I think we might be seeing a lot more of 442 this season. 2 strikers playing off each other is great.'

in the second half: 'You just can't play a 442 anymore nowadays. Everyone's figured it out.'

-Phil Neville
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Phil lmao, how can he be so different from Gary. This and his comment on Rooney showed that he is clueless at a shocking level :P
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One stay with sir alex the other went to Moyes.
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On the spot Somere.
Happy we didn't sign Pedro...
Remember then meltdown when we got Martial instead of Pedro
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lol you guys dodged a bullet...Jose is the one who called him to sign for us :D
LVG called Memphis = Flop
Mou called Pedro = Flop

Now they have more in similarities than being prideful, arrogant and stubborn xD. Like teacher like student.
Actually i will blame Messi, he always make an Average player looks like a world class.
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yeah, that rascal. never pays his taxes either.

well mou called bailly, and you can bet he called pogba and ibra, so i hope that one works out for us. pedro is a good player, he's just past his best. he was top quality in his heyday.
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Mou has pulled some shockers in the transfer market.
Cuadrado was a total waste of money, he even had the balls to buy Adebayor while at Real Madrid
HAHAHA costa. Anyway, I think Conte's tactics are a mismatch for fast teams. the defensive line is too far deep when they are trying to play out from the back and also too far forward when they get countered.

That was also exposed at leicester in midweek

The gap between the midfield where kante has to cover is too far huge.
Also doesn't help when Cahill decides to take his sweet time on the ball, dunno what he was thinking
he was actually waiting for Conte to tell him what to do, i cant believe he is England first choice
This Chelsea team is a mess. Players who don't want to defend, player who can only defend etc. Why did they buy Luiz? Does he improve their defence? Conte has a lot of work to do.
Luiz had nothing to do with any goals...Cahill was the main culprit
I agree but I don't think he improves Chelsea.
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I thought Conte like to play 3 CB, and one of those CB will venture forward and join attack. I thought Luiz was bought for that reason.
The modern premier league is about quick and fluid football, all the teams at the top half move the ball quickly and efficiently.

When was it not? Back in the day we were a fast counter attacking team with players like Giggs and Becks. It's still the same I think.
Busby babes were based on pace and intensity. Watching MUTV archives, they were faster than most football we see today
With more money in the league there's more teams playing that way.
Even luck is on Arsenal's side

Will Costa do something nasty soon?
What luck?
Ozil's goal, mis hit and got help from post.
Ohh. Kinda but that was a great move.. Deserved that goal.
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Lol.... kk!+
Yea great move. Not saying they are winning by luck, but a day where everything will go in for them. Goals like this tells you its your day. Just like our 8-2 back then
That 8-2 had at least 5 brilliant goals by us and none i would call lucky or fortunate.
lucky that most of arsenal's team were injured. and pretty much every shot went in. was a silly game.
Arsenal playing some sweet counter attacking football.
maybe just maybe chelsea are s**t and mourinho didn't lose his touch
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The club are believed to be happy with the manager’s methods after Shaw, who will miss the EFL Cup tie at Northampton on Wednesday after a minor groin tear, was criticised following the defeat by Watford
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Left-back grew up supporting Manchester United but while Northampton’s 31-match unbeaten run in the league came to an end on Saturday he believes José Mourinho’s side can be toppled in the EFL Cup
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