On the Bristol City fans: “They came here tonight to watch Manchester United.”
On Bristol City’s ‘luck’: “It’s the luck that you need to beat a Premier League side…to beat the best club in the world.”
On Paul Pogba: “The pitch is too dry…which doesn’t quite suit him!”
Ladies and gentlemen, Phil Neville.
Talking of those Bristol City fans (there to see Manchester United, remember) The Daily Mirror online’s top football story at 11am on Thursday is the following…
’10 things we spotted from Bristol City’s epic celebrations after shock Carabao Cup win over Manchester United’
Or ’10 pictures taken of Bristol City’s celebrations and f*** it, will this do, it’s the Xmas party later…’
When you’re typing the words ‘Even this dog looked excited’, you must wonder if being a Senior Sports Social Writer is everything it’s cracked up to be. Actually, what the f*** is it cracked up to be?
No sign of any Carabao Cup comment from Jose Mourinho’s pet journalist so we are forced to reminisce about the same stage of the competition last season…
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) November 30, 2016
Jose Mourinho, a manager who always aims to win, December 2017, after his Manchester United side lost to Championship Bristol City: “It was one more day in the office for my players, a day that some of them didn’t even want to come to the office.”
Wilfully misleading headline of the day
‘Manchester United make summer decision’ – Manchester Evening News.
Story: ‘Man Utd look set for another summer at the University of Los Angeles California in a move that will please Jose Mourinho.’
Cheer up, weepy jean…
Now you might think that Manchester United fans would be in low spirits after that Bristol City defeat, but they should read the e-mail that has just dropped into Mediawatch’s inbox for some real Christmas cheer…
‘Manchester United have the biggest reason to celebrate this Christmas, with research from bettingexpert.com finding that the Red Devils top the all-time Premier League Boxing Day table.’
Stop the presses: Team that tops all-time Premier League table tops Arbitrary Date table too.
By the book
Still, those e-mails from bookies (and they really do come thick and fast) clearly have an audience, as evidenced by the Daily Express website and two of their top stories this Thursday…
‘Chelsea favourites to beat Tottenham to Ross Barkley transfer’
‘Manchester United favourites to beat Chelsea to Alex Sandro in January window’
Both ‘according to the bookies’. Despite the fact that Mediawatch cannot find a single market on the interweb for Alex Sandro’s next move. Not even on Bet*****, who sent us that e-mail too.
Keys in the bowl…
New Year's resolution for Richard 'Keysey' Keys: Be more careful with your screenshots. pic.twitter.com/5HuWnPyFP9
— Football365 (@F365) December 21, 2017
The Independent’s Miguel Delaney is a man with contacts, so it’s a shame that his claim of Liverpool’s interest in Thomas Lemar has the following rather misleading but admittedly SEO-tastic URL…
Live? It’s no such thing. And as for ‘favours Arsenal’, Delaney’s piece says absolutely the opposite.
And having read Delaney’s story, what you now need to know is ‘How Liverpool could line up with Monaco’s Thomas Lemar – both with and without Philippe Coutinho’. SPOILER: They will line up with either both Lemar and Coutinho, or just Lemar.
The URL for that ‘feature’?
Rumours. Gossip. Live.
It’s almost January, folks.
Double take paragraph of the day
‘JILLY COOPER is writing a novel about football and has been gleaning information about the beautiful game from a varied cast including top agent Jon Smith. And the best-selling author tells me in an unexpected Christmas card that even Sports Agenda is helping her research. Praise indeed’ – Charles Sale, Daily Mail.