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2019 10 20 Publish

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has fired a thinly-veiled shot at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during punditry for the Liverpool clash. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under fire from his predecessor Jose Mourinho for constantly ‘talking about the future’. Mourinho was speaking on Sky ahead of Manchester United ‘s derby clash with Liverpool

Going into the clash with Liverpool, United were just one point above the relegation zone. They have endured their worst start to a league campaign and have been severely lacking goals. Aside from their opening weekend thrashing of Chelsea, United have failed to score more than once in a Premier League game

2019 10 27 Publish

Conor McGregor has launched more verbal barbs towards UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, hitting back at the ‘chicken’ nickname his rival has given him. McGregor recently announced he will return to the octagon on January 18 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, with the eventual aim of avenging his UFC 229 loss to the undefeated 31-year-old

McGregor offered up a number of insults towards Khabib at the event and a video has emerged of him addressing the ‘chicken’ jibe his foe has repeatedly used against him. The insult dates all the way back to 2016, when Khabib first called out ‘the Notorious’ after defeating Michael Johnson on the UFC 205 undercard. McGregor was the event’s main attraction, defeating Eddie Alvarez to become the first UFC double champion, and Khabib challenged the star in one of MMA’s most iconic callouts.

Throughout the buildup to that bout, Khabib repeatedly called McGregor a ‘chicken’ and the insult became so well-known that a Russian supermarket even began selling chickens labelled ‘Conor McGregor’

2019 11 29 Publish: Should Arsenal have sacked Unai Emery? Starsport writers have their say

Unai Emery has fallen victim to the Arsenal axe just 18 months after replacing Arsene Wenger in the Emirates hot-seat. Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge while the club search for a permanent successor, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Massimiliano Allegri and Nuno Espirito Santo being tipped to take the reins. But were they right to sack Emery?

[Ollie Salt said] i Emery cannot have too many complaints after picking up just one win in his last nine games as Arsenal boss. The Spaniard’s position had become completely untenable, while he almost committed a sackable offence last night alone by leaving Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe on the bench in their 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. Yet the Gunners’ problems run far deeper than Emery. Aside from bringing in Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, their recruitment strategy has been poorly devised for too long now and the board have a lot to answer for. Not only do they need to find a suitable replacement, Arsenal also need to make serious changes in the boardroom if that man is to be a success.

[Mark Taylor said] Arsenal were given no choice but to give Emery the boot, and you’ll have to search far and wide to find a Gunners fan who would say otherwise. The worst start to a season in Premier League history, losing control of his captain and constantly being mocked by supporters - it was a sorry state of affairs for the Spaniard in the end. It’s going to take something special to put Arsenal back on the map now …

[Alex Wood said] Sacking managers with reckless abandon isn’t the Arsenal way. Emery was sinking - but he deserved until at least Christmas to turn things around. Let’s not forget that Manchester United and Tottenham are still below the Gunners in the Premier League table. The beleaguered Spaniard also managed 22 games in a row without a defeat last season. Any new manager is still going to be left with a squad that’s unbalanced and lacking any discernible quality in defence

[Warren Muggleton said] In football, pressure builds from the bottom up - now, the top has blown for Arsenal and Emery. Anyone who has seen popular fan show AFTV will know the Gunners faithful have been disgruntled for most of 2019. While a poor showing against Chelsea in the Europa League final in May was a sign of poor form to come. It has led to them sitting eighth in the Premier League, eight points off a Champions League return. Arsenal want to get back into the elite - and the man with three Europa League titles to his name has shown, in 18 months, he is not up to the job

[Matthew Cooper said] Unfortunately Unai Emery’s position at Arsenal had simply become untenable. The club are currently in the midst of their longest winless run since 1992 and his poor handling of the Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil situations gave the board no choice. However, it is the next appointment which will be the most important, with the club desperately chasing Champions League football. Currently eight points off the top four, whoever gets the job has a monumental task on their hands