The soccer news starts with Manchester United's comeback from 2-0 down that eventually turned into a 3-3 draw at Sheffield United. A point is better than nothing in the Premier League, but the result only underlined the problems at Manchester United. This is a team that remains an easy target for criticism, specifically directed at manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In another interesting moment for English soccer, the United manager he replaced is now part of that latest pressure scenario.
With Jose Mourinho taking over for Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, two things have happened within a day of each other. A big club manager who navigated the Champions League knockout round just last season is now available. His replacement now has the opportunity to show his former employer that they definitely made a mistake when they fired him last December.
Both of those things means an interesting run of games for the already under pressure Solskjaer. That Sunday in Sheffield could've been worse isn't lost on anybody. Neither is the reality that this is a version of the Premier League where Sheffield United was and is higher up the table, 6th to Manchester United's 9th. It's an easy guess who is now tied on points with Manchester United, behind on goal difference in 10th-place. That would be Spurs, beating West Ham 3-2 away in their first game under Mourinho.
"It’s not a lack of desire, it’s maybe that confidence in themselves," Solskjaer said of using younger players in the lineup. "Andreas and Fred in midfield, they’ve never played together before. But the way we came out after they scored the second goal was excellent. I don’t doubt them wanting to win but sometimes young players don’t always know how to win challenges like this. We must have learned a lot today, I’m sure the players have."
So did the rest of the Premier League that now has a book on what that version of United looks like. Pressure Solskjaer's back three and they might also have a couple of goals to defend.
Meanwhile, as Marca's Jorge Garcia Natural makes clear, the managers of some of the Premier League's big name clubs have the Pochettino scenario to deal with. As long as he's unemployed, there's at least the low ebb of pressure that he might be a suitable replacement. It's adding pressure to situations that can quickly spiral out of control in a Premier League table that's too compact for comfort.
FourFourTwo's Seb Stafford-Bloor makes the point that it's worth considering what happened this season with Pochettino's Spurs. The Independent's Melissa Reddy considers the next stop for Pochettino. Football 365's Ian Watson isn't a fan of Solskjaer's positive spin on what happened in Sheffield.
The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein looks at Schalke 04 under David Wagner. BBC Scotland's Tyrone Smith reports on Atlanta United's investment in Scottish Premier League club Aberdeen. Inside World Football's Paul Nicholson explains what's happening with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.
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