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The Mourinho Era Begins

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After months of speculation, hundreds of millions spent on summer signings and a plenty of quotable one liners, Mourinho and Manchester United finally got their premier league campaign underway.  

And a steady start it was for the Red Devils as they took 3 points with 3 goals from the usual suspects.  Much to the surprise of United fans, Juan Mata got the start under Mourinho and got the campaign underway with the first goal of the season with 5 minutes to go in the first half.

Mata has been linked towards being the first big name stars on the way out under Mourinho’s rule but the little spaniard looked in control, exercised a fantastic workrate and showed why he would be worth keeping around.

That’s not to say that United didn’t take time to grow into the game.  It took a double error by Simon Francis to grab the opener.  Wayne Rooney returned to a more advanced attacking role and it took some time for him to become acclimate himself.  Eventually, he looked more at ease with his passing and control and spearheaded the much improved United attack by heading home United’s second with 30 minutes to play.

First Win

It was something of a different feel about United attack from last year’s stifled strains under Louis Van Gaal.  Perhaps it was Mourinho, perhaps it was Louis Van Gaal’s departure, or perhaps it was the one signing brought on to do just one thing.  Score goals.  

Zlatan announced his arrival in spectacular fashion.  After scoring the winning goal in United’s Community Shield win over Leicester City last week, he was eager to open up his Premier League goalscoring account.  

He did so with a superb strike in the 64th minute as he stroked it past Artur Boruc.  It was classic Zlatan at his best scoring goals where others have no business even trying for.  

His flick on to Rooney should have ended with a goal but his hold up play, strength and determination showed just how important a signing he will be in the season to come for United.  

Zlatan Time

Bournemouth grabbed a consolation goal as Martial was caught sleeping on a through pass but this was a complete performance by Mourinho’s men.  It can only get better with Paul Pogba expecting to make his debut for United in the weeks to come.  He will add even more threat, control and poise to the United midfield.  

Mourinho has never lost an opening game in the Premier League and his 100% record stays in tact.  Many have questioned Mourinho’s arrival and if it’s the right thing for United.  Today proved that he was not about to fall victim to his predecessor’s follies.  

He looked fierce on the touchline, full of passion and fire.  He demanded more of his players even when United led by 2 goals.  Mourinho will always be a careful manager when it comes to tactics but 3 goals and 3 points in his first match has gotten United off to a fiery start and something exciting to look forward to this season.  

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Arsenal Sacks Unai Emery After Defeat to Frankfurt

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Arsenal has sacked manager Unai Emery following their loss at home to Frankfurt, according to ESPN.

Per the report, Emery’s position was untenable with senior figures at Arsenal reviewing his position with many believing he would be sacked prior to Sunday’s trip to Norwich, but Thursday’s loss seemed to be enough to make the move now.

Arsenal has been in the midst of their worst run in 27 years, going seven games without a win in all competitions.

The board at Arsenal had been supportive of Emery since the start of the season, and Emery has had a number of chances to find a fix to the problem, but he was unsuccessful in his attempts and the board had run out of patience and support for the former Paris Saint-German manager.

Emery’s baffling team selections have surprised players and staff, as well as his coaching, with glaring mistakes made with substitutions during Thursday’s loss to Frankfurt.

“Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand,” Josh Kroenke said on behalf of the club’s board, according to a statement. “We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.

“The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required. We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward. The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”

“However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again” Ljungberg said, via a statement on Twitter. We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work!”

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Cristiano Ronaldo Not Being Charged for Alleged Sexual Assault

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Prosecutors have decided that they will not file criminal charges against international soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for an alleged sexual assault incident from back in 2009.

Kathryn Mayorga claims that Ronaldo, who she says she met at Rain Nightclub in the Palms hotel, raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room back in 2009.

Mayorga claimed that Ronaldo invited her up to his penthouse suite to party and join him in a hot tub, and photos surfaced of the two hanging out in the nightclub earlier that evening.

Mayorga didn’t initially identify Ronaldo by name in her police report that described the alleged crime, and she later sued Ronaldo claiming that she later accepted a $375,00 payment in exchange for her silence.

Mayorga recently announced that she wants that agreement voided and then attempted to pursue a criminal case against Ronaldo.

The Clark County District Attorney’s Office claims that “the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

According to TMZ Sports, prosecutors stated the following in regards to the alleged incident:

 

 

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New York City Police Investigating Possible Hate Crime Directed At Megan Rapinoe

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New York City police are investigation a possible hate crime directed towards United States Women’s Team superstar Megan Rapinoe, according to ESPN.

According to the report, posters featuring Rapinoe, who is gay, were defaced with derogatory slurs. The posters have since been scrubbed clean.

Rapinoe has been an advocate for gender equity and LGBTQ inclusion, and has drawn attention for her comments towards President Donald Trump.

Police said that the vandalism, which was discovered inside the Bryant Park subway station in midtown Manhattan on Monday, is currently being investigated by the New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force.

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