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From The42 Are Manchester City a team in decline? Analysis

Are Manchester City a team in decline?

There is a growing sense that Pep Guardiola’s men are failing to maintain standards set in previous seasons.

From The42 Will Man United rue not hiring Pochettino while they have the chance? Talking Point

Will Man United rue not hiring Pochettino while they have the chance?

Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s side have endured an indifferent start to the season.

From The42 Sacking Pochettino a mistake all of Daniel Levy's making Talking Point

Sacking Pochettino a mistake all of Daniel Levy's making

The squad needed to be refreshed more than a year ago, but it wasn’t and now Spurs must compromise with Jose Mourinho.

From The42 Liverpool and Man City rivalry hits new levels of discord ahead of clash both sides must win Talking Point

Liverpool and Man City rivalry hits new levels of discord ahead of clash both sides must win

Even the managers are getting involved ahead of what may be a Premier League clash for the ages at Anfield.

From The42 Liverpool's creative midfielder dilemma Analysis

Liverpool's creative midfielder dilemma

Jurgen Klopp continues to struggle to find the right balance for his side.

From The42 Solskjaer not the cause of Man United's problems but a symptom of them Talking Point This post contains videos

Solskjaer not the cause of Man United's problems but a symptom of them

The Norwegian has come under fire amid the club’s disastrous start to the season.

From The42 Ireland get another reminder that football from the Charlton era no longer works in the modern game Deja Vu

Ireland get another reminder that football from the Charlton era no longer works in the modern game

The Boys in Green were well beaten by Switzerland in Geneva last night.

From The42 Has Irish football suffered from a dearth of talent? Stephen Kenny is unconvinced Talking Point

Has Irish football suffered from a dearth of talent? Stephen Kenny is unconvinced

The Ireland U21 boss has explained how joined-up thinking across the age groups has benefited his side.

From The42 Spurs have a mountain of problems - but Pochettino isn't one of them Talking Point

Spurs have a mountain of problems - but Pochettino isn't one of them

The issues at the club lie well away from the manager.

From The42 Might Ferguson's achievements become tarnished amid realisation Glazers are United's biggest problem? Talking Point

Might Ferguson's achievements become tarnished amid realisation Glazers are United's biggest problem?

This week has seen a consensus form that the club’s problems are long-rooted.

From The42 Brendan Rodgers' Leicester go to Old Trafford with chance to show they've moved ahead of United Talking Point

Brendan Rodgers' Leicester go to Old Trafford with chance to show they've moved ahead of United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t been given all of the tools he needs to do his extremely difficult job.

From The42 David McGoldrick, the hero against the Swiss, is the perfect symbol for this Irish team Talking Point

David McGoldrick, the hero against the Swiss, is the perfect symbol for this Irish team

The Sheffield United striker scored a vital equaliser last night.

From The42 Premier League's greed to blame for Bury's grim demise Talking Point

Premier League's greed to blame for Bury's grim demise

Bury have withered and died because they were allowed to be treated as nothing more than a business – an idea that comes from the top.

From The42 Newly-confident Arsenal have what it takes to end their awful Anfield record Talking Point

Newly-confident Arsenal have what it takes to end their awful Anfield record

The Gunners have been suffering hammerings on Merseyside for years, but Liverpool’s early-season vulnerabilities give them reason for optimism.

From The42 Pochettino's big decision ahead of this weekend's standout Premier League tie Talking Point

Pochettino's big decision ahead of this weekend's standout Premier League tie

The Spurs boss must decide whether to play wantaway star Christian Eriksen against Man City.

From The42 Last night was a prime example of why the Premier League is becoming harder to watch Talking Point

Last night was a prime example of why the Premier League is becoming harder to watch

Liverpool outclassed Norwich in the season’s opening fixture.

From The42 Those expecting 'sexy football' from Ireland last night haven't been paying attention Talking Point

Those expecting 'sexy football' from Ireland last night haven't been paying attention

The Boys in Green produced an underwhelming display despite beating Gibraltar.

From The42 'You can change the manager, but cannot change the players' - Danish taunts could inspire Ireland Talking Point

'You can change the manager, but cannot change the players' - Danish taunts could inspire Ireland

Age Hareide’s men are in confident mood ahead of tonight’s game.

From The42 Despite Spurs' second-half dominance, Liverpool's Champions League triumph felt inevitable Analysis

Despite Spurs' second-half dominance, Liverpool's Champions League triumph felt inevitable

The Reds won Europe’s premier club competition for the sixth time last night.

From The42 The best Premier League player of the last 7 years bows out with fitting farewell Talking Point

The best Premier League player of the last 7 years bows out with fitting farewell

Eden Hazard confirmed after the Europa League win that he was leaving Chelsea.

From The42 One of football's most incredible weeks has been facilitated by a dying art Talking Point

One of football's most incredible weeks has been facilitated by a dying art

A new Premier League record for goals scored in a 38-game season was set on Sunday.

From The42 Greed has already damaged the Premier League - the Champions League will be next Talking Point

Greed has already damaged the Premier League - the Champions League will be next

On the week English sides conquered the continent, Europe wants to change to emulate them.

From The42 Liverpool produce second miracle on one of the all-time great European nights Deja Vu This post contains videos

Liverpool produce second miracle on one of the all-time great European nights

The Reds came back from a 3-0 deficit to shock Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

From The42 Are Liverpool destined to become one of the few great trophy-less teams? Talking Point

Are Liverpool destined to become one of the few great trophy-less teams?

The Reds are on course to finish the season on 97 points, but may still fall short.

From The42 Man United's obsession with their own past only leaving them further behind their rivals Talking Point

Man United's obsession with their own past only leaving them further behind their rivals

In the absence of any forward-thinking, the club have fallen in love with their own myth.

From The42 Man United's hapless €57 million man becoming a symbol of their wastefulness Talking Point

Man United's hapless €57 million man becoming a symbol of their wastefulness

A poor performance from Fred against City last night summed up a disappointing season for the Brazilian.

From The42 Does City's Champions League exit hand them a further Premier League advantage? Talking Point

Does City's Champions League exit hand them a further Premier League advantage?

Pep Guardiola’s cloud may carry with it a silver lining.

From The42 Pep Guardiola's big gamble costs City after an unforgettable Champions League night Talking Point

Pep Guardiola's big gamble costs City after an unforgettable Champions League night

The decision not to play Kevin De Bruyne in the first leg came back to haunt the Etihad outfit.

From The42 Man United paying the price for years of behind-the-scenes ineptitude Talking Point

Man United paying the price for years of behind-the-scenes ineptitude

The Red Devils were outclassed by a far superior Barcelona outfit last night.

From The42 This may be the best title race the Premier League has seen - but is it a worrying sign? Talking Point

This may be the best title race the Premier League has seen - but is it a worrying sign?

In a repeat of the definitive weekend of the 2014 title race, Liverpool host Chelsea the same day as Man City travel to Crystal Palace.

From The42 How Fulham spent over €100 million and were still relegated with 5 games to spare Analysis

How Fulham spent over €100 million and were still relegated with 5 games to spare

Some costly errors in recruitment have led to a dire season for the Cottagers.

From The42 15 games that will decide the Premier League title race Crunch Time This post contains a poll

15 games that will decide the Premier League title race

Liverpool currently hold a two-point lead, though rivals Man City have a game in hand.

From The42 As he turns 30, a look at Theo Walcott's weird and disappointing career Three 0 Walcott

As he turns 30, a look at Theo Walcott's weird and disappointing career

The Everton attacker has never quite fulfilled the promise that saw him randomly called up to the 2006 World Cup.

From The42 Improving Arsenal missing Solskjaer's injection of fun at Manchester United Talking Point

Improving Arsenal missing Solskjaer's injection of fun at Manchester United

Unai Emery’s debut season has had its good points, but it has lacked the recent euphoria at United.

From The42 Brendan Rodgers has a lot to prove as he gets another chance in the Premier League Talking Point

Brendan Rodgers has a lot to prove as he gets another chance in the Premier League

The new Leicester manager has a number of big questions to answer on his return to England.

From The42 'He’s caught me, I’ve made more out of it than I probably should have, but that’s football' Talking Point This post contains videos

'He’s caught me, I’ve made more out of it than I probably should have, but that’s football'

Bohs’ Keith Ward gives his view of the incident that led to Shamrock Rovers’ Aaron Greene being sent off in last night’s Dublin derby.

From The42 United should learn Liverpool's lessons and avoid finding answers in their rich history Talking Point

United should learn Liverpool's lessons and avoid finding answers in their rich history

As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offers his team-talk to Alex Ferguson, Manchester United should learn from their opponents about finding answers in their history.

From The42 Don't blame Sarri and Solskjaer if things don't work out for them - the problems are elsewhere Talking Point

Don't blame Sarri and Solskjaer if things don't work out for them - the problems are elsewhere

Chelsea and Manchester United meet in the FA Cup on Monday night, with both managers facing tough questions.

From The42 Everton must take some blame as beleaguered Marco Silva returns to Watford Talking Point

Everton must take some blame as beleaguered Marco Silva returns to Watford

The Portuguese has endured a sharp fall in popularity, but some of it is his club’s fault.

From The42 Anfield's anxiety shows Klopp's biggest opponent could be Liverpool's history Talking Point

Anfield's anxiety shows Klopp's biggest opponent could be Liverpool's history

Liverpool ended the midweek fixtures better off than they had been beforehand, although that wasn’t evident judging by the crowd reactions on Wednesday.

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