Manchester United has fired manager Jose Mourinho, a move which cannot come as much of a surprise as the Red Devils sit almost 20 points back of the Premier League lead.
Both United and its former manager need to stabilize, but what does that mean?
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ProSoccerTalk lead writer and editor Joe Prince-Wright has his take on where United may turn and whether Mourinho will latch on quickly with a club like Inter Milan or Real Madrid.
This stop will go down as the only one in which Mourinho did not lead his club to a league title, following successful stints at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid. Sure he’ll get another look, but when?
Arsenal v. Liverpool on Friday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) should be an early Christmas present.
Well, for the neutrals anyway.
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Both teams are ridiculously top heavy and both have the worse defensive records in the top seven of the Premier League table.
With that in mind, who has the best stable of attackers? Liverpool’s “Fab Four” are ripping everyone apart, while the trio of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez can destroy opponents on their day.
In the video above we take a look at the attackers available to both teams and discuss who have the best entertainers and how that will impact Friday’s festive encounter.
There are very real scenarios that see the United States, Portugal, and Argentina needing playoff wins to advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia?
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A World Cup without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo would be rued across the globe, while no USMNT in Russia would be criminal to the growth of soccer here.
Joe Prince-Wright used this PST Extra to lay out what each of those teams need to qualify for Russia, and says forget math: the Yanks need to win both of their qualifiers and seal their fate for this summer.
Agree with Joe? Think he’s full of bologna? Weigh in below.
Newcastle United is back in the Premier League, and hunting for its first trophy in 62 years.
The Magpies are headed straight back to the PL after a year away, their second single season of relegation this century.
But if you need a refresher on who the Magpies are and what’s cooking with their squad ahead of their return, Joe Prince-Wright can fill you in via video.
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In short, though, Rafa Benitez is the man, and fans will be happy if Mike Ashley delivers on his pledge to let Rafa build a club capable of competing for European places (but not many are counting on it).
After 37 games, there’s still so very little to separate Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, the three teams vying for two top-four spots (and places in the UEFA Champions League) on Championship Sunday, the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
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3. Man City — 75 points, +36 GD
4. Liverpool — 73 points, +33 GD
5. Arsenal — 72 points, +31 GD
On the latest edition of PST Extra (above video), Joe Prince-Wright, ProSoccerTalk’s lead writer and editor, previews Championship Sunday in the PL, including the aforementioned battle for the top-four between Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal.
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The scenario which every non-Liverpool and non-Arsenal fan is rooting for: Liverpool lose 2-0 to Middlesbrough, and Arsenal draw 1-1 with Everton — at which point they would be level on points, goal differential, goals scored and goals conceded. The result: the 39th game — a neutral-site, one-game playoff for fourth place.