When Manchester United went to Anfield in October and stifled Liverpool in a goalless draw, Jose Mourinho was mired in the club’s worst start to a season in the Premier League era.
The two bitter enemies meet again at Old Trafford on Sunday with a resurgent United on their longest winning run since 2009 and slight favourites to beat Liverpool.
No wonder Mourinho is smiling again. Sportsmail looks at how he has turned things around at Old Trafford. Read more
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been awarded December’s goal of the month award by Carling for his breathtaking scorpion kick against Sunderland.
Manchester United’s midfielder readjusted his body in the air to flick the ball over his own head and past the helpless Jordan Pickford, though replays showed him to be offside.
The Armenian made a slow start to life in the Premier League but has been an important part of Jose Mourinho’s side in recent weeks.
Barcelona FC of Spain have dropped a shocking hint that they could sell Lionel Messi, after the player’s agent revealed to them that the 29 year old wants to be the highest paid footballer on the planet with his new contract.
Barca stars Luis Suarez and Neymar recently signed new deals with the club worth around £21m-a-year but Messi who recently rejected a new Barca deal has told his agents he wants to earn higher than Cristiano Ronaldo (£500k per week total package) and Carlos Tevez (£615,000-a-week). Read more
Nigeria/ Chelsea winger Victor Moses has heaped praise on Chelsea coach Antonio Conte for transforming his playing style this season, saying he never believed he could play the wing-back role, and that with every match he feels better and more confident at the position.
Chelsea have been on a winning run, using Conte’s preferred 3-4-3/3-5-2 formation where Moses has excelled as a wing back despite losing recently to Tottenham. Read more
As the popular saying goes, a prophet is not without honour except in his own land. That is the situation Messi has found himself in. For years he has been the face of the Argentine national team, the heir to the immortal Maradona but some believe he has let them down.
There are many Argentines who believe he is more committed to Barcelona than he is to the national team and it may be such characters who are responsible for the latest act of vandalism on the player’s person.
Just hours before Ronaldo was confirmed as the world’s best player, the occasion was foreshadowed by a curious incident in his eternal rival’s homeland. Vandals in Buenos Aires set upon a statue of Lionel Messi and cut it in two removing the the head, arms and torso. Read more
Jose Mourinho’s men now have one foot in the League Cup final thanks to a second half goal from the the midfield pairing
Manchester United beat Hull City 2-0 to take a slender advantage into the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final but Wayne Rooney’s wait to become his club’s outright all-time top scorer goes on.
United probed without reward in the first half, as they were thwarted by a diligent and well-organised Hull, playing for the second time under Jose Mourinho’s compatriot Marco Silva.
Juan Mata went closest during the opening period for the hosts and, as he did in the fourth round against Manchester City, the Spain playmaker brought Old Trafford to its feet with the opening goal after half-time. Read more
FIFA have revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi didn’t vote for each other for the FIFA Best Men’s player of the year award, which took place last night, but rather chose to vote for three of their team mates for the prestigious FIFA Award.
Both players, who are captains of their respective countries, under FIFA rules are allowed to vote for anyone as their top three best players in the world, but they both showed that they really don’t like each other with Messi choosing to vote for Luis Suarez first, Neymar second and Andres Iniesta third while Ronaldo voted for Gareth Bale as first, followed by Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos. Read more
Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to winning ‘The best FIFA Award for 2016’
He expressed his delight on his facebook Fanpage:
Delighted to win the first The Best FIFA award.
2016 was a dream year and it wouldn’t be possible without my teammates, coaches and also you who supported me every day. Thank you so much everyone!