Man United 2-0 Chelsea: Jose Mourinho scores famous win

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  • Rashford scores controversial goal
  • Herrera makes it 2-0 after HT
  • Chelsea PL lead down to 4 points

Chelsea haven’t won the Premier League title just yet.

Jose Mourinho took significant risks, and they paid off as he comprehensively out-managed his Chelsea successor Antonio Conte at Old Trafford, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera giving Manchester United an enormous home win, the first true statement victory of Mourinho’s Red Devil career.

The Special One shocked many by leaving Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench for the first time this season, but his tactics were clearly the better on Sunday. Mourinho left Herrera to man-mark Eden Hazard, and it completely shut the Belgian down. Meanwhile, Chelsea were left with a pair of injuries to deal with, as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois missed out with an ankle injury and Marcos Alonso was withdrawn from the starting lineup after pulling up in warmups.

Manchester United opened the game with a very high and heavy press, and it paid dividends immediately. Herrera won the ball in midfield, and fed Rashford on the break. The young attacker beat David Luiz one-on-one, and scored through the legs of Asmir Begovic to put the home side in front just eight minutes in. Shockingly, it’s the first goal scored by Manchester United in the opening 20 minutes of any Premier League game this season.

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The goal was slightly contentious, as the ball clipped Herrera’s arm as he won it initially. Herrera made a geniune effort to pull his arm back as the ball hit him, but it was still significantly outstretched at the time of contact. Nevertheless, referee Bobby Madley let play continue. Madley also failed to book Diego Costa in the opening 15 minutes for shoving Eric Bailly violently in the Manchester United box.

The Red Devils nearly had a second on 16 minutes as Ashley Young zipped a ball across the face of goal, but Rashford couldn’t connect under heavy pressure from the defense.

Despite the extremely physical nature of the game, the first yellow card was not produced until the 33rd minute when Diego Costa was cautioned for a studs-up tackle on Paul Pogba.

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Following halftime, Manchester United would stunningly go in front. A free-kick went over the box with too much pace, but Paul Pogba tracked it down and Ashley Young burst back into the penalty area. He laid off to Herrera who ripped an effort on net, and the ball took a huge deflection off Kurt Zouma, leaving Begovic with no chance as the ball squirted into the back of the net.

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The fouling continued through the second half, and United worked well on the counter to earn a chance for a third with 20 minutes to go as Rashford produced a turn-and-shoot that forced a good save by Begovic. On the other end, Chelsea held possession looking to get back into the game, but the United midfield and defense locked them down.

Herrera’s persistent fouling on Hazard finally earned him a yellow card with 18 minutes left, but the job had already been done. Hazard did not produce a single take-on attempt, and overall, Chelsea did not manage a single shot on target all match.

With the win, Manchester United moves within four points of a Champions League place with a game in hand. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table is now four points thanks to the win by Tottenham over the weekend.

Photo: Flamengo supporter tattoos club jersey on body

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A supporter in Brazil has taken fandom to a whole new level with a piece of body art that shows his devotion to the club.

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Maurício dos Anjos, a passionate Flamengo fan, has been a life-long supporter of the Rio de Janeiro-based club, and has the tattoo to prove it.

While it may look like body paint, Dos Anjos has a tattoo on the upper-half of his body depicting the Flamengo jersey, and it’s pretty awesome.

“People ask me if I don’t find it strange that I’m always wearing a Flamengo shirt. And I just don’t,” dos Anjos told VICE. “To me, it’s normal. But it doesn’t seem like anyone I talk to about it actually dislikes my tattoo.”

In total, Dos Anjos says the body work took over 90 hours and 30 sessions to complete the tattoo.

Has the perception of MLS really changed?

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When David Beckham arrived in Los Angeles back in 2007 his presence changed the complexion of Major League Soccer for all the right reasons, and the perception of the growing league changed.

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Over the years, MLS has strived to move into the upper-echelon of the global game, in an attempt to compete with the likes of the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga, but naysayers still indicate to this day that the United States’ top flight lacks the quality of the aforementioned.

Phrases like “retirement league” and “uninspired” have been used to describe MLS in the past, particularly when it comes to the league’s willingness to spend boatloads of cash on notable players well past their prime.

Examples such as Andrea Pirlo, Steven Gerrard and Rafael Marquez have at times dampened the perception of MLS due to the lack of quality on the pitch from those players, along with several others that had previously boasted extensive resumes.

Now, we’re at a time where MLS has picked up its scouting, with clubs focused more on younger, more skilled talents from South America and Europe.

That has led to major signings over the past several years, such as Ezequiel Barco, Miguel Almiron, Diego Rossi and Jesus Medina, to name a few.

Has that changed the overall complexion of MLS though?

On Thursday, Kevin De Bruyne‘s agent, Patrick de Koster, suggested in an interview that the Belgium international would likely “finish” his career in MLS.

“For now, he’s very happy at this club,” De Koster said. “We always look what the best solution for the player, both financially and football wise. Kevin’s future? I can see him finish at Los Angeles.”

This comes on the heels of a 36-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining the LA Galaxy in a move that has sent shockwaves across the league and the world because of the Swede’s great presence on a global scale.

It’s not to say that players like Ibrahimovic, or previous signings like David Villa and Didier Drogba cannot help the overall growth of MLS, because they certainly bring an awareness to the matches and draw attention to their respective clubs.

However, the long-term viability of MLS has been and will continue to be sustained on youth players succeeding in the league, as well as being able to draw promising young talents into the top flight of the U.S.

Report: USMNT likely to face Brazil, Mexico in September friendlies

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The U.S. Men’s National Team won’t have a busy schedule throughout the summer, but Dave Sarachan and his side will get a tiny taste of the World Cup in September.

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ESPN FC is reporting that the USMNT will likely face Brazil and Mexico — both of whom will travel to Russia in June — later this year, as the U.S. Soccer Federation is in the process of finalizing both friendlies.

The matches are set to be played during the September international window, which runs from Sept. 3 through Sept. 11.

Both fixtures will reportedly be played in the United States, although venues haven’t been determined yet.

The U.S. has already begun booking a slate of difficult matches to round out 2018, with England and Italy already confirmed opponents for the Yanks in November.

The Yanks are 1-17-0 all-time against Brazil in all competitions, while the U.S. hasn’t faced Mexico since its 1-1 draw at the Estadio Azteca in June 2017 during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Men in Blazers: Jurgen Klopp talks loss of Coutinho and more

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Roger Bennett talks with manager Jurgen Klopp about revolutionizing Liverpool, his Greatest Show on Turf-esque offense, the loss of Philippe Coutinho and how he keeps football in perspective.

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