It’s all been about him again
We’ve hit the headlines this week or should I say our game at Manchester United has, or should I really say their attention seeking, bad losing manager Jose Mourinho has.
We’ve come up against him twice now in away matches and both times he’s found it so difficult to deal with us getting a point that he’s gone off on one. Last time it was Ashley Barnes, but this time his ire is in the direction of Mark Clattenburg.
Last time, Sky were falling all over him to give him a platform to all but libel Ashley Barnes, this time the FA have taken action and he’s been charged with misconduct having been alleged that in or around the tunnel area at half time he used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official.
He sent his mouthpiece to the press conference when, even then, he was grabbing more headlines by walking into our dressing room. I can only now hope that The FA throw the book at him as quickly and furiously as he throws his toys out of his pram, that’s if his pram has arrived at the five star hotel he doesn’t like.
It seems the incident which riled him so much was United’s attempt at winning a penalty just before half time. It wasn’t one, the officials got it right but it was enough for this sad little man to kick off yet again.
He’s not the only Premier League manager in the dock this week. David Moyes was charged after using similar language at Southampton in the League Cup. He’s admitted it and, to be fair, Moyes has far bigger problems at Sunderland just now than a bit of bad language.
We were on our way to Old Trafford when they actually equalised against Arsenal at the Stadium of Light with 25 minutes to go. Were the bottom club about to get an unexpected point? Thirteen minutes later it was all over as Arsenal scored a fourth and Sunderland was just like it usually is with fans falling over themselves to get out long before the final whistle. Will they make a change manager? They usually do.
Sunderland usually make bad starts to a season but this one is the worst of the lot. Moyes and Micky Phelan are now the two favourites to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked. It’s astonishing to see Phelan at such short odds but they have now failed to pick up a point in any of their last six games and are third from bottom with seven points.
Between Hull and Sunderland in the table are Swansea. I’m not so sure how they will be under Bob Bradley. He can sure talk a good game but they are without a win since Leroy Fer scored the winner against us on the opening day. After last night’s defeat at Stoke he admitted he had a tough job on his hands, admitting his team were nowhere near good enough.
Up at the other end of the table, there is still no separating the top three who all won. Manchester City keep top spot on goal difference from Arsenal and Liverpool. All of them scored four times away from home while Chelsea, a point behind, also had an away win albeit only by two goals at Southampton.
Manchester United are in eighth place but already eight points behind those at the top. Yet here they were again grabbing all the headlines. I do enjoy it though when it is for all the wrong reasons. Mourinho usually blows up in year three. Has he really started so early?
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Game Week Eleven Fixtures
Saturday 5th November
Bournemouth v Sunderland
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Middlesbrough
West Ham v Stoke
Chelsea v Everton (kick off 5:30 p.m.)
Sunday 6th November
Arsenal v Tottenham (kick off 12 noon)
Hull v Southampton (kick off 2:15 p.m.)
Liverpool v Watford (kick off 2:15 p.m.)
Swansea v Manchester United (kick off 3 p.m.)
Leicester v West Brom (kick off 4:30 p.m.)