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Holly Percival

October 25, 2021 at 6:04 PM EDT

Another Premier League weekend has been and gone and there were plenty of significant results throughout the round of fixtures.

Manchester United lost 5-0 against Liverpool at home in what represented something of a nadir for Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s regime. Solskjaer has insisted he will be going forward as United manager.

Elsewhere, Tottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat to West Ham, Chelsea beat Norwich 7-0 and Manchester City beat Brighton 4-1 away from home.

In Spain, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 to win El Clasico, while Inter Milan and Juventus played out a 1-1 draw in the Derby d’Italia.

Join The Athletic throughout Monday for the latest news from across football.

Premier League news Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will fight on as United managerArsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale aiming for England starting role by 2022 World CupLiverpool thrashing has been coming for Manchester United – Luke ShawBarcelona’s Frenkie de Jong ruled out with hamstring injuryPolice to take no further action over Palace-fan banner on Newcastle ownersCity accused of relying on ‘unreliable liar’ Barry Bennell in High Court trialUS businessman Chris Kirchner states intention to buy Derby CountyBackground readingCox breaks down one of biggest embarrassments in the Premier League era – for any clubOliver Kay and Dominic Fifield on Liverpool’s win over Manchester UnitedIf Phil Foden’s future is in midfield, then why is he so good up front?(Photo: Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

October 25, 2021 at 6:04 PM EDT

Goodbye for now It’s goodbye for now but we’ll be back tomorrow for all your football updates across the Premier League, EFL and further afield.

Charlotte Harpur·Junior Editor, News

October 25, 2021 at 5:03 PM EDT

One day on from the utter humiliation Liverpool stopped playing after 50 minutes and Manchester United, who finished above them last season, were even worse than the 5-0 scoreline suggests.

For a deep dive into the tactical ins and outs of Manchester United vs Liverpool, click below.

Charlotte Harpur·Junior Editor, News

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Cox breaks down one of the biggest embarrassments in Premier League era – for any club

October 25, 2021 at 3:14 PM EDT

US businessman Chris Kirchner announces he wants to buy Derby CountyAmerican businessman Chris Kirchner has revealed his intention to buy Derby County.

The Championship club went into administration in September and, following the appointment of administrators, was given an automatic 12-point deduction, which sent them to the foot of the table.

To find out more, click here.

Charlotte Harpur·Junior Editor, News

October 25, 2021 at 1:04 PM EDT

Manchester City accused of relying on ‘unreliable liar’ Barry Bennell in High Court trialManchester City have been accused of using the word of “a wholly unreliable liar” after the convicted sex offender Barry Bennell was called to give evidence on the club’s behalf in a High Court trial.

As an eight-week trial got underway to determine whether City should be liable for Bennell’s crimes, it was confirmed that the man previously described by a judge as “sheer evil” and “the devil incarnate” had already supplied the Premier League champions, via their insurers’ solicitors, with a statement from prison.

Bennell is currently serving a 36-year term for abusing young footballers while he was Crewe Alexandra’s youth-team coach and, before that, when he was an unpaid coach and scout for City. He was described on the opening day of the High Court case as “one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders” who had subjected his victims, as young as eight, to “life-changing acts of sexual abuse.”

Read the full story here.

Charlotte Harpur·Junior Editor, News

October 25, 2021 at 12:08 PM EDT

Four big hitters across the European Leagues Four massive games across four different leagues in one day presented The Athletic’s writers with a rare opportunity to compare European football’s big hitters.

For a deep dive into Barcelona’s defeat to Real Madrid, Liverpool’s thrashing at Old Trafford, a 1-1 draw between the Italian giants and a feisty affair at Marseille, read below.

Charlotte Harpur·Junior Editor, News

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Historic thrashings, pitch invaders and empty seats: What Sunday’s four huge grudge matches tell us about football in Europe

October 25, 2021 at 11:43 AM EDT

El Clasico debrief Carlo Ancelotti had never won away to Barcelona as a coach and given the home side’s current plight, Sunday was his best chance, an opportunity he took.

To read how the former Everton manager outthought Ronald Koeman, click below.

Charlotte Harpur·Junior Editor, News

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Ancelotti outcoaches Koeman in much-deserved first victory at the Nou Camp

October 25, 2021 at 11:09 AM EDT

What next for Manchester United?Following Manchester United’s humiliating defeat on Sunday, The Athletic’s writers digest what happened and where to go from here.

We’ve got not one but two podcast episodes for you on Talk Of The Devils and The Athletic Football Podcast.

Click here and here to listen.

Charlotte Harpur·Junior Editor, News

October 25, 2021 at 10:39 AM EDT

Police to take no further action over Palace-fan banner on Newcastle ownersThe police will take no further action over a banner displayed at Crystal Palace’s home match against Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.

The banner took aim at the Premier League’s owners and directors test, following the recent Newcastle takeover — largely funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) — and the police later said it had been reported as “offensive”.

A statement read: “On Saturday 23 October, a member of the public contacted the police to raise concerns about a banner displayed at the Crystal Palace vs Newcastle match at Selhurst Park.

“Following an assessment, officers have concluded that no offences have been committed. No further action will be taken.”

Read more here.

Charlotte Harpur·Junior Editor, News

October 25, 2021 at 9:34 AM EDT

Newcastle are desperate for January to arriveIt was another disappointing result for Newcastle United in their first game since the departure of Steve Bruce and their second under new ownership.

A 1-1 draw away to Crystal Palace has shown Newcastle have a lot to do, with the takeover now feeling like the easy bit.

The Athletic’s George Caulkin has provided a debrief on interim head coach Graeme Jones’ first game in charge.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

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Newcastle are desperate for January and it feels a long way off. They have so much to do

October 25, 2021 at 9:18 AM EDT

Frenkie de Jong ruled out with hamstring injuryAnother injury blow for Barcelona as they confirm Frenkie de Jong is out injured with a hamstring injury. He joins Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite on Ronald Koeman’s injury list.

The club have not confirmed how long the 24-year-old midfielder will be out as it depends on his recovery.

The Dutch international has been key to Barcelona’s midfield having featured 11 times for Barcelona this season. To read more about how much of a blow his injury is for Barcelona, click here.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

October 25, 2021 at 8:56 AM EDT

Did Spurs have things ‘under control’? According to Tottenham Hotspur head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, yes they did — but the scoreline didn’t quite reflect that.

His side lost 1-0 to West Ham on Sunday afternoon. They failed to even register a shot in the second half.

With consistency at Spurs remaining elusive, The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare has explained how every game under Nuno feels like an arm wrestle they could lose.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

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Nuno may claim Spurs had things ‘under control’, but every game feels like an arm wrestle they could lose

October 25, 2021 at 8:37 AM EDT

Beth Mead’s historic night at WembleyOn Saturday evening, Arsenal and England winger Beth Mead became the first England Women player to score a hat-trick at Wembley.

The Lionesses beat Northern Ireland 4-0 in their 2023 World Cup qualifier.

The 26-year-old has made a remarkable turnaround since missing out on the Olympics squad selection in the summer.

The Athletic’s Florence Lloyd-Hughes has produced a great piece on Mead’s sensational few months.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

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Beth Mead’s historic Wembley performance caps remarkable turnaround after Olympics snub

October 25, 2021 at 8:16 AM EDT

Rebuilding Newcastle United (virtually)If, like me, you’re a fan of video games you will enjoy this new Football Manager 22 (beta) challenge The Athletic’s Iain Macintosh is taking on.

He is managing Newcastle United on his laptop in his new office that has the faintest smell of cabbage.

What can he do with £200 million?

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

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FM22: Managing Newcastle United on Football Manager (Part 1)

October 25, 2021 at 7:56 AM EDT

Liverpool thrashing has been coming – ShawManchester United defender Luke Shaw has said that their 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool has been “coming”.

The 26-year-old also suggested United are “too easy” to play against. Is he right?

You can read more about what Shaw thought of the defeat by clicking here.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

October 25, 2021 at 7:34 AM EDT

Why is Phil Foden so good up front?Manchester City’s Phil Foden has had a promising start to the season in midfield for both club and country.

But after an impressive performance up top against Brighton it begs the question, has everyone been getting Foden wrong and why is he so good up front?

The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke has dissected Foden’s performance as a striker.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

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If Phil Foden’s future is in midfield, then why is he so good up front?

October 25, 2021 at 7:13 AM EDT

Is it time for Solskjaer to go? According to The Athletic’s Adam Crafton, the answer is yes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Manchester United better, but is he the man who can make them the very best?

United should have acted in the summer. Below, is an analysis of Solskjaer’s reign this season and why it shows now is the time to make a managerial change.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

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Liverpool humiliation should be the death knell for Solskjaer’s reign

October 25, 2021 at 6:54 AM EDT

Ramsdale aiming to be England No 1Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is aiming high after he told AFC Wimbledon’s website he wants to be England’s first-choice goalkeeper by the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The 23-year-old moved to Arsenal in the summer after he was a late addition to the England Euro 2020 squad. Dean Henderson was forced to withdraw through injury.

To read more about Ramsdale’s impressive start with Arsenal, click here.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

October 25, 2021 at 6:29 AM EDT

The highest-scoring African player in Premier League historyMohamed Salah became the highest-scoring African player in Premier League history on Sunday afternoon as he scored a hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Manchester United.

The 29-year-old has scored 105 goals in 154 league games since joining Liverpool in June 2017.

One of the favourites to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or, Salah is one of the best in the world and arguably the best player in the Premier League.

The Athletic’s James Pearce has dissected Liverpool’s walk-in-the-park victory over Manchester United.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

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It felt different to Klopp’s trophy wins. Unprecedented. Liverpool ran riot in their rivals’ backyard

October 25, 2021 at 6:07 AM EDT

Ancelotti’s first win at the Nou CampReal Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has finally got his first win at the Nou Camp after his side beat Barcelona 2-1 in the first El Clasico of the season.

Barcelona have struggled under Ronald Koeman as they sit ninth after nine games. Real, however, have had a more exciting start to their campaign as they sit second, one point behind league leaders Real Sociedad.

To read more of Dermot Corrigan’s analysis of the tense battle between La Liga’s titans, check out his piece below.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

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Ancelotti outcoaches Koeman in much-deserved first victory at the Nou Camp

October 25, 2021 at 5:39 AM EDT

Solskjaer will continue to fightManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he will continue to fight on after the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

It was one of the worst performances United fans have seen under Solskjaer who has said “we are too close to give up now”. Can he turn things around?

To read more of Solskjaer’s post-match quotes, click here.

Holly Percival·Junior Editor, News

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