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Alan 11:52 Sun Sep 30
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United staff believe manager Jose Mourinho could be sacked by the end of next week, with players discussing his possible departure on the journey home from their 3-1 defeat by West Ham on Saturday. (Mail on Sunday)

But United say reports they have approached former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane to replace Mourinho are "nonsense". (ESPN)

United's Chile striker Alexis Sanchez, 29, looks to be on his way out of Old Trafford after being dropped for Saturday's match. (Daily Star Sunday)

Barcelona want United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, who was told this week he would not captain the Red Devils again, but would rather sign the 25-year-old next summer than in January. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City are willing to break the world transfer record with a £200m move for Paris St-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe, 19. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea's Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 25, could be sold to Juventus in January. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea are keeping an eye on the 15-year-old brother of their Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 27, and midfielder Kylian, 23. Ethan Hazard plays for Belgian side AFC Tubize. (Sunday Mirror)

Former Chelsea captain John Terry is set to become manager of the club's under-23 team. (Sun on Sunday)

Cristiano Ronaldo believes his goal against Juventus for Real Madrid was "more beautiful" than the Mohamed Salah strike that won the Liverpool forward the Fifa Puskas Award. But the Portuguese, 33, added that Salah, 26, deserved the award. (L'Equipe - in French)

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, 25, says Brazil team-mate Philippe Coutinho - who left Anfield to join Barcelona in January - helped him decide to join the Premier League side. (Goal)

Former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is trying to form a consortium to buy Newcastle from Mike Ashley. (Guardian)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thinks striker Daniel Sturridge's loan spell at West Brom was good for the 29-year-old. The England international scored a late equaliser at Chelsea on Saturday to maintain the Reds' unbeaten start to the Premier League season. (Daily Star Sunday)

Chelsea's Brazil defender David Luiz, 31, says he would have left the club in the summer had Maurizio Sarri not replaced Antonio Conte as manager. (BT Sport)

Arsenal withdrew a contact offer to midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, because of the need to cut the club's wage bill over of the lack of Champions League football. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool have emerged as a potential destination for Ramsey after having a summer enquiry knocked back by the London club. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes social media can cause problems between managers and their players. (Independent)

Southampton boss Mark Hughes says he may have to make drastic changes to his side after they were beaten 2-0 by Wolves. Saints have won one and lost four of their seven Premier League matches this season. (Talksport)

Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi says he has not retired. The 36-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Notts County at the end of last season. (Sky Sports)


Arnautovic seals victory as West Ham compound Manchester United gloom

David Hytner at the London Stadium

Clubs cannot win the Premier League by the end of September, but they can certainly lose it. And yet for Manchester United, the death or otherwise of their title challenge on a torturous afternoon at West Ham, felt like a footnote.

Their problems were written large on the open spaces of the London Stadium and on the back of last Saturday’s home draw with Wolves and the Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Derby at Old Trafford, not to mention the civil unrest between José Mourinho and Paul Pogba, this was yet another low.

West Ham have stabilised after their four-game losing streak at the start of the season and it is worth remembering the anxiety that gripped after that final defeat – at home to Wolves – and in advance of fixtures against Everton, Chelsea and United. Yet Everton were beaten at Goodison Park and there was encouragement to be taken from the home draw against Chelsea.

This was another polished performance, but they did not need to be outstanding to ease past United.

Mourinho dropped the out-of-sorts Alexis Sánchez, although he made him travel, and he demanded a reaction from his stuttering team. What he got only intensified the sense that something is broken at Old Trafford and he does not have the tact or tactics to find the solution.

United’s biggest problem remains their inability to break down well-organised defences; to pull them out of shape with front-foot football and that was once again in evidence.

There was no coherent offensive strategy, they did not move the ball quickly enough and they sleepwalked to a defeat that looked on the cards from the moment Felipe Anderson scored his first West Ham goal in the fifth minute.

Felipe Anderson opened the scoring early on after a clever flicked effort beat David de Gea and nestled in the corner

Andriy Yarmolenko was fastest to the second ball from the corner and doubled the lead after his effort took a fortuitous deflection

Yarmolenko's shot flicked off Victor Lindelof's thigh and looped into the net leaving a helpless de Gea no chance in goal

Manuel Pellegrini, the West Ham manager, said he did not “remember feeling any danger situations in our box” and while there were a few it was plain from United’s point of view that there were not enough.

Pobga was anonymous and Mourinho’s decision to substitute him on 70 minutes will invite further scrutiny of their relationship. But the marquee midfielder was not alone in showing a basic lack of hunger and drive.

The players in the pale pink could be questioned over their attitude, almost to a man and it was easy to wonder whether they were still giving their all for their manager.

With confidence low, United needed a good start. They did not get it. Mourinho argued that Pablo Zabaleta was offside when he took Mark Noble’s pass and crossed for Anderson, who flicked home brilliantly with his trailing leg. It was difficult to tell, even after watching the replays.

Mourinho had included Scott McTominay on the right of a back-three and there cannot have been too many United line-ups over the years that boasted more height and physicality. The trade-off came in the lack of speed and movement. Where were the options for the player in possession when United ventured into West Ham territory? It was all so one-paced and the frustration could be seen in some of Pogba’s reactions.

West Ham sat back on their lead and United dug out a foothold, flexing their muscle, pushing them back a little. But they laboured to get in behind and the sum total of their first-half efforts was a Romelu Lukaku header that came back off the outside of a post from Ashley Young’s cross.

West Ham deserved credit for their grit and organisation, even if this was no rearguard action, and they went further in front when Andriy Yarmolenko stood up Nemanja Matic and jinked to the left before shooting. The ball deflected off Victor Lindelöf to loop in for an own goal.

Mourinho made an attacking substitution when he withdrew Lindelöf, introduced Marcus Rashford and switched to 4-1-4-1. Rashford’s goal was a beauty – a back-heeled flick from Luke Shaw’s corner.

Seven minutes earlier, Marouane Fellaini had extended Lukasz Fabianski with a header. Was there a way off the canvas for United?

The answer was no. With Mourinho screaming for a foul by Zabaleta on Rashford, the excellent Noble set Marko Arnautovic free for the third.

Arnautovic sealed the victory by slotting past United goalkeeper David de Gea just minutes after the visitors had scored

This has been United’s worst start to a Premier League season. The greater worry is what history shows when things begin to unravel for Mourinho.

West Ham (4-5-1): Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Rice, Masuaku; Noble, Diop, Obiang, Yarmolenko (Snodgrass 72), Anderson (Diangana 90+2); Arnautovic (Antonio 83)

Subs not used: Adrian, Ogbonna, Fredericks, Perez

Scorers: Anderson 5, Lindelof og 43, Arnautovic 74

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester United (5-3-2): De Gea; Young, McTominay, Smalling, Lindelof (Rashford 56), Shaw; Matic, Fellaini, Pogba (Fred 70); Lukaku, Martial (Mata 70)

Subs not used: Grant, Bailly, Darmian, Herrera

Scorer: Rashford 71

Booked: Young

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Referee: Michael Oliver

Att: 56,938

MoM: Noble


Pressure builds on Jose Mourinho as West Ham breeze past woeful Man Utd

Jim White, London Stadium

And to think, a fortnight ago it was West Ham in apparent freefall. Manuel Pelligrini’s side followed their eight-goal thrashing of Macclesfield in the League Cup with a easy a victory over Manchester United. This has been, as their manager intimated, a very good week for the Hammers.

For their visitors, however, it was rather different: another day, another shambles. As stories of internal disputes and gathering fall outs proliferate, what United’s manager Jose Mourinho required was a strong statement of intent, tangible proof that he was in control. Instead if this was meant as demonstration of what his players think about his management, it could not have been more pointed in its delivery. Never mind brick walls, right now it appears they would be unlikely to run through a damp paper bag if his future depended on it.

And the manager didn’t help himself, serving up a masterclass in muddled thinking. After two well organised away victories against Watford and Burnley, Mourinho redrew his tactical approach. Paul Pogba might have insisted during the week that United’s methodology should always be based on the mantra “attack attack attack”. But it has long been clear the three words Mourinho prefers are “contain, contain, contain”.

He left Jesse Lingard and, much to the surprise and relief of his opposite number, Alexis Sanchez out of his matchday squad entirely. And, apparently because he could not trust Anthony Martial to fulfil any defensive duties, fielding a five-man back line. In his relentless quest to convert midfielders into centre backs, this week it was the turn of Scott McTominay to play the fall guy, stationed alongside Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof in the heart of defence.

As tactical initiatives go, it was about as successful as The Chequers Agreement. The point about three central defenders is that one of them is meant to bring the ball out into midfield. But from the start, United’s jittery trio, seemingly terrified of making a mistake, insisted on giving it to Nemanja Matic, who drifted ever deeper to receive possession. With four of United’s players permanently encamped in their own half, it meant that Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Felipe Anderson were gifted so much space they needed the USS Enterprise fully to explore it.

What’s more a three-man backline requires your defenders to be alert, quick to the ball. Doubling up in the wrong places, leaving spaces in behind, they redefined the term uncertain. Lindelof in particular looked less sure of what he should do and where he should go with every minute passing. And West Ham, buoyed by their midweek goal glut, were quick to deliver punishment. Barely six minutes had elapsed before Noble sent Pablo Zabaleta (who was maybe an inch or two offside), into the vast open spaces behind Luke Shaw. The Argentine crossed, and Anderson stole between the statuesque centre backs to provide a delightful backheeled finish.

Worse was to follow for Mourinho’s team. Without really rousing themselves, while still encumbered by lethargy, the visitors had played their way back into a semblance of parity; Romelu Lukaku even hit the post with a smart header. But then, just before half-time, yet more shambolic defending opened them up again. Worse, despite having enough height to scaffold Everest, the visitors allowed West Ham to steal in from a set piece. After a corner was not properly cleared Andriy Yarmalenko skimmed across the area and offered up a speculative shot. It took a huge deflection off the hapless Lindelof, leaving David De Gea flat footed, and Mourinho fuming.

“We had done our homework,” he said. “Don’t let him on to his left foot.”

Spurred into action, the manager delivered a mercy killing to the three-man defensive system on 56 minutes, Lindelof was withdrawn, leaving the rookie centre back McTominay in position. Marcus Rashford arrived, to add a little zest to the United effort. Minutes later, in a hugely symbolic moment, after one too many attempts to add to his Youtube clips compilation and losing the ball in the process, Pogba joined Lindelof on the bench, between them £115 million worth of dubious investment. Frankly, if what we are told is correct and Old Trafford is currently staging a battle between Mourinho and Pogba, as scraps go right now it more closely resembles two bald men fighting over a comb.

There was a brief flurry from the visitors when Shaw’s corner allowed Rashford to flick in at the near post. But the United revival didn’t last long. They seldom do these days. Two minutes later, Noble – really relishing the freedom of east London – seized on the ball after Zabaleta had felled Rashford and played Marco Arnautovic through.

As Smalling stared vacantly into the position he assumed McTominay might assume, the Austrian strode through the vast gap between the centre backs and guided ball under De Gea. He then ran to the bench, celebrating by holding up the number 15 shirt of Carlos Sanchez, his colleague, suffering from long-term ligament damage. At which point, though 15 minutes remained, Mourinho’s side effectively surrendered.

For West Ham, with their supporters enjoying themselves hugely, the bubble is inflating nicely. For their visitors, on the other hand, the future is shrouded in doubt and disappointment. Accruing just ten points from seven matches, this is United’s least profitable start to a season since the Premier League began. But statistics can be deceptive: frankly they look a lot worse than that.

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Russ of the BML 10:39 Mon Oct 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Texas Iron 4:05 Sun Sep 30

Gazza_AZ 9:08 Mon Oct 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Pellegrini Out....

Texas Iron 4:05 Sun Sep 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Gave them a lesson ...better attitude...organisation...passing...teamwotk...goals...

BubblesCyprus 3:23 Sun Sep 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Great result a month or so of gloating over Plastic Mancs in other news today had a full English for my breakfast,Thanks Alan

Mad Dog 2:07 Sun Sep 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
This has always irritated me.

Both reports calling us "west ham" and them "United"


Kaiser Zoso 2:00 Sun Sep 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
That Guardian report is written for Man Utd supporters.

What a shit rag that paper is?

Thanks Alan 1:52 Sun Sep 30
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Takashi Miike 12:14 Sun Sep 30

charleyfarley 12:17 Sun Sep 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

Takashi Miike 12:14 Sun Sep 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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