Manchester United played a very strong first team with many starters while Manchester City fielded a mostly reserve side in tonight’s EFL Cup Clash. The result was what you would expect, a United victory. Juan Mata provided the only scoring in the match, as the Red Devils 1-0 win was a victory for the supporters, according to United Manager Jose Mourinho.Follow paulmbanks
The last set of EFL Cup Draws, for the round of 16, were certainly “convenient,” and “narrative friendly.” However, the new set of draws, announced today for the quarterfinals, aren’t as “obvious.” Perhaps the thinking here is….”try and get an all big club PL semifinal(s) and then hopefully an all big club Premier League final?”Follow paulmbanks
It’s been a disastrous start for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. As he admitted himself, he won’t be “The Special One” without any trophies, and the Red Devils just don’t look like a club that is going to make that happen this season. With all the huge expenditures on players in the summer transfer window, expectations got sky high.
United were given the second best odds of winning the Premier League title this preseason, but now find themselves actually out of the top four.Follow paulmbanks
Move over Jorge Mendes, because we have a new super-agent in Mino Raiola. When you can buy Al Capone’s old mansion in Miami, life is going well for you!
Turns out Raiola made €27 million this summer, on just the Paul Pogba deal alone. The midfielder himself made $115 million, (£89.3 million, €105.4m) on the sensation known as #PogbackFollow paulmbanks
This week, the 2016 NBA season begins with 28 teams trying to figure out how to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, who are the favorites to win the title this year. While plenty of people will be making their picks next Thursday or their NFL picks on Sunday, one major question some people have been asking is will the NBA ever catch up to the NFL?Follow paulmbanks
With Notre Dame football moving to an ACC heavy schedule each year, some traditional rivalries have dissipated and been extinguished. However, other rivalries now what the potential to flourish. Take the Miami Hurricanes for instance. The Canes started 4-0 and rose to #10 in the AP Poll.
Now they visit South Bend having lost their last three, and in free fall. Even though both sides are essentially wounded animals right now, this is still a game that Notre Dame football fans had circled on their calendar for quite awhile.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said over the weekend that tonight’s EFL Cup Manchester Derby hadn’t given him much thought. He said it was very low on his priority list. Then came the disaster at Chelsea on Sunday. The Blues made a statement in the way that they thrashed United, and now the Red Devils will look to make a statement of their own on Wednesday.
Mourinho said that he hopes his team rises up and becomes “men” for this cup clash against their noisy neighbors.Follow paulmbanks
Brian Kelly receives the dreaded vote of confidence from Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick.
“Anytime that your athletic director has to come out and say that, as a head coach you’re disappointed that any kind of comments like that have to be made,” Kelly said Tuesday during his weekly press conference.
It took awhile for Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho to drop forward Wayne Rooney. That’s understandable; as you can’t just come right in at a new club and demote the franchise icon and living legend. However, Rooney got a position switch, and then a place on the bench.
It was well deserved as Wayne Rooney has seen a massive drop in form, and a huge backlash against him by the fan base.Follow paulmbanks
Saturday could very likely bring a match-up of the first and third quarterbacks selected in the NFL Draft this April. Or the second and third. Miami Hurricanes signal caller Brad Kaaya is consistently showing up in most NFL mock drafts as third QB off the boards. There’s a debate between #1 and #2, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer.
Of course, all this could change as this is an extremely fluid situation. The NFL Draft stock market will fluctuate wildly between now and April when the draft takes place in Philadelphia.Follow paulmbanks