Dissecting the Mourinho-Wenger, Man United-Arsenal rivalry

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Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger do not get on. At all.

From pushing on the sidelines, to calling each other out in press conferences and snubbing handshakes, this rivalry is personal.

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It will be renewed in the Premier League this Saturday as Mourinho’s Manchester United host Wenger’s Arsenal at Old Trafford (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com). Over the years the duo’s relationship has deteriorated and in the past two seasons it has become a bitter feud.

When you throw in the fact that Mourinho has never lost a Premier League game to Wenger (won five, drawn six) and has only lost once in 15 matches in all competitions against Wenger, you understand why the Arsenal manager seems so impacted by the media room jibes from his Portuguese counterpart.

Up until Mourinho’s firing from Chelsea last season, his rivalry with Wenger was at its most intense ever. Now, they’ll be reunited on the sidelines as Mourinho has returned to management and the two most successful Premier League managers currently coaching in the PL will lock horns. In the UK there has been a countdown clock for a few days counting down to 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday when United host Arsenal.

This has all the emotion of a huge rivalry on and off the pitch.

How has become this big? Let’s take a look back at some of Mourinho’s comments about Wenger which have livened up this rivalry in recent years…

In February 2014, Wenger was asked why some of his title rivals (namely Jose Mourinho) played down their title ambitions. Wenger said it was a “fear of failure” which got this response from Mourinho.

“Am I afraid of failure? He is a specialist in failure. I’m not,” Mourinho said. “So if one supposes he’s right and I’m afraid of failure, it’s because I don’t fail many times. So maybe he’s right. I’m not used to failing. But the reality is he’s a specialist because, eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure.”

After a fiery battle at Stamford Bridge in September 2015 which saw Chelsea win 2-0 and Gabriel sent off for Arsenal, but Diego Costa latter charged and banned by the FA, Mourinho went all out at Wenger.

“In this country, only one manager is not under pressure. Every other manager is. We cannot be below par. We have to meet the objectives. There is one outside that list, but good for him. You know who,” Mourinho said. “The one who can speak about the referees before the game, after the game, can push people in the technical area, can moan, can cry in the morning in the afternoon, nothing happens. He can not achieve, keep his job, still be the king. In the rule book it says some managers can speak about the referees before and after games. Some others cannot. I am in the list of those who are punished if they speak about the referees.”

In the latest episode of PST Extra, Jenna Corrado and I discuss the bitter rivalry between Mourinho and Wenger, plus weigh in on the injuries facing both teams ahead of this eagerly anticipated clash.

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MLS gets new 2nd youngest goal scorer in hilarious fashion (video)

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Gianluca Busio is going to score a lot of goals in his professional career, but the new second-youngest goal scorer in MLS history will find few as memorable as his first MLS goal.

Definitely in terms of hilarity.

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The center midfielder, 16, ran onto a Johnny Russell pass and had a gaping goal in front of him during stoppage time of Sporting KC’s 4-1 defeat of Vancouver on Wednesday.

Busio, who recorded assists in both his USL and MLS debuts, just had to tap it into the goal. He did that, just.

Only Freddy Adu (14 years, 320 days) was younger than Busio when he scored his first MLS goal.

“Johnny was working and he outran the dude, worked it, and right when he turned that corner,” Busio said in a post-match interview on Fox Sports Kansas City. “It was him against one defender. I was so happy I almost missed it. I was just so excited, I didn’t know what to do.”

Busio now has a goal and an assist in 153 minutes spread over seven appearances. And Sporting KC moves into second out West with two matches to play.

Lavelle goal leads USWNT to CONCACAF Championship

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Rose Lavelle’s early goal was enough for the United States women’s national team to seal its eighth CONCACAF Women’s Championship with a 2-0 win over Canada in Texas on Wednesday.

Alex Morgan scored an offside goal in stoppage time, a deserved marker despite the captain’s transgression. The dominant striker has 17 of her 97 national team goals in 2018.

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Both sides had already clinched berths in this summer’s World Cup in France, while Jamaica earned a spot via a third place match win over Panama earlier Wednesday.

The USWNT is 15W-2D in 2018 and in fine form heading into a World Cup year. The last loss came in the 2017 Tournament of Nations.

The game was vicious, with Tobin Heath the target for a number of hard Canadian fouls and Megan Rapinoe responding on behalf of the Americans.

“Obviously, we hate Canada and they hate us,” Rapinoe said after the game on Fox Soccer. “It was very apparent tonight.”

Lavelle sent a second minute loose ball just past the reach of Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe.

Seattle clinches unlikely playoff spot with win over Orlando

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Say this for the Seattle Sounders: It’s not wise to write them off.

Brian Schmetzer’s men are going to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the 10th straight season after beating Orlando City 2-1 in Florida on Wednesday.

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The Sounders still have an outside look at finishing as high as third in the West, which is wild considering the start of their season.

Seattle lost its first three matches and had a whopping 12 points through 15 games.

They then kicked off a sparking 13-2-2 run which included a nine-match winning streak.

Not a bad goal from Victor Rodriguez, either:

Rooney swerves long free kick around the wall (video)

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Thirty-plus yards is a tricky distance for defending a free kick.

How many guys do you put in the wall in case the shooter has the audacity to shoot?

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It didn’t matter all that much during Wednesday’s match between DC United and Toronto FC. The shooter was Wayne Rooney, and he curled a fireball around the wall and inside the near post.

The amount of spin on the ball is out-of-this-world, as Rooney and DC aim to gain a four-point advantage over seventh place Montreal with two matches to play.

It’s Rooney’s 10th MLS goal in 18 games. He’s also posted six assists in leading United up the table.