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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.
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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.
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'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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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What is going on at Chelsea?
Maurizio Sarri claimed his side were ‘mentally weak’ following the loss to Arsenal on Saturday.
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It's time for Unai Emery to bring Ozil back in from the cold
For how much longer can Emery ignore his highest-paid player?
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Why Paul Pogba has looked transformed under Ole Gunnar Solskjær
The France international’s sublime pass created the only goal in Man United’s win.
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Is Roy Keane a good pundit?
The former Ireland assistant boss made a rare Sky Sports appearance for Sunday’s Liverpool-Man United fixture.
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The Raheem Sterling saga is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Premier League's racism problems
Intolerance has been inextricably linked with top-level football for years.
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Is Jose Mourinho's management style out of date?
Man United are already 16 points behind rivals City, while a top-four spot is looking increasingly improbable.
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Marcus Rashford the sole bright spark amid another lacklustre Man United display
The 21-year-old England international assisted both goals before being taken off by Jose Mourinho.
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More than derby day bragging rights on the line for Liverpool at Anfield
There are three derbies down for decision in the Premier League on Sunday.
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2018 will be remembered as the year when Ireland's footballers became unwatchable
Martin O’Neill’s side have scored just four goals over the past 12 months.
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Why Glenn Whelan should be a role model to footballers everywhere
The Irish midfielder is set to represent his country for the last time against Northern Ireland tonight.
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Man City already one of the best Premier League teams ever, but are their achievements tainted?
Pep Guardiola’s side have been criticised for their ignorance of Financial Fair Play rules.
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Explosive City allegations overshadow Manchester derby
A four-part Der Spiegel report has accused the club of knowingly deceiving Uefa and breaking Financial Fair Play rules.
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It's time for more Premier League footballers to start following Juan Mata's example
On week when Raheem Sterling reportedly agreed a new £300,000-a-week deal, more focus needs to be put on how the sport spends its vast sums.
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Is Mauricio Pochettino doing the best job of all the Premier League managers?
The Spurs boss has led his side to their best-ever Premier League start.
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Is Romelu Lukaku really the answer to Man United's problems?
The Belgian striker has had a mixed time since joining the Red Devils.
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Jose Mourinho bids to avoid equalling David Moyes-era record
The Red Devils are facing a formidable run of games in the coming weeks.
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Sacking Martin O'Neill would be a short-term solution to a long-term problem
The ultimate results manager has overseen a run of just one victory in his last nine matches.
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Have the Irish public fallen out of love with the national team?
There were pockets of empty seats for Ireland’s game with Denmark at the Aviva Stadium last night.
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Alex Scott a breath of fresh air to Sky Sports' football coverage
The ex-Arsenal defender has been integrated in the station’s Premier League punditry this season.
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Bold, youthful Wales blow away lumbering Ireland
In contrast with the Boys in Green’s largely predictable line-up, the Welsh side had a fresh look about it.
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Can Ireland afford to lose Harry Arter?
The Cardiff midfielder was a conspicuous absence from the Boys in Green’s latest squad amid speculation that he may never play for his country again.
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Tottenham look better-placed to mount title challenge despite lack of summer signings
Spurs face this season’s early surprise package Watford on Sunday, with both clubs on maximum points.
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Manchester United are the antithesis of what they once were
Jose Mourinho’s side were beaten 3-0 by Tottenham last night to increase pressure on the embattled manager.
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Arsenal fans starting to realise life post-Wenger not all it's cracked up to be
The Gunners have begun the season in disappointing fashion, losing their opening two fixtures.
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After 3 years of injuries and frustration, is Luke Shaw finally ready to make his mark?
The talented defender has not always been first choice under Mourinho at United.
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Talk of England benefiting from Belgium loss disrespectful to World Cup rivals
Elements of the media have suggested a defeat would help Gareth Southgate’s side.
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Can Lionel Messi save Argentina from themselves?
The Barcelona star scored one of the goals of the tournament tonight, but his team were unconvincing.
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Analysis: Is Paul Pogba overrated or underrated?
The midfielder is suspended for today’s Manchester derby. Will his absence be felt?
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This dodgy penalty decision has put Dundalk's title party on ice
It’s 1-1 at half-time in Oriel Park.
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Leinster's centres impress, scrum dominance and more talking points
Leo Cullen will expect a more clinical edge in the opposition 22.
# Opinion
"We spend mind-boggling amounts of public money on the Irish language. Cén fáth?"
All-Gaeilge road signs in tourist areas; a fortune spent on translations for legislation drafted in English – Eoin Butler on why we need to talk about Irish.
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Offaly victory means so much, Fermanagh suffer 'power cut': Championship talking points
The Faithful county ended their nine-year losing run in Leinster with victory over Longford in Tullamore yesterday.
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Shanahan coolly delivers, the dawning of a great rivalry — Monday's hurling talking points
Plus we examine the positives and negatives for both sides after that draw at Semple Stadium.