Guardian sport on Monday, September 20 2021

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Liverpool and Arsenal find defensive solidity, Leon Bailey changes the game for Villa, and Ivan Toney for England?It is true that Thomas Tuchel’s decision to replace Mason Mount with N’Golo Kanté at half-time against Tottenham had a profound impact on the match. But Tuchel’s managerial skill goes fa

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Scott Murray on Friday, September 17 2021

Newcastle United 1-1 Leeds United: Premier League – as it happened

Both teams are still waiting for their first win after a fast, free-flowing and entertaining drawLeeds kick off ... but only after everyone takes the knee. Warm applause greets the gesture. There’s no room for racism.The teams are out! Newcastle wear their famous black and white stripes, while Leeds

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Louise Taylor at St James' Park on Friday, September 17 2021

Brilliant Saint-Maximin rescues point for Newcastle against Leeds

At times it seemed as if Allan Saint-Maximin was taking Leeds on almost single-handedly and, tellingly, the struggle was often far from unequal.Without their attacking talisman to, once again, ride to the rescue, Newcastle would surely have been well beaten in a wonderful, thrill a minute, match ful

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Daniel Harris, Will Unwin and Nick Ames on Friday, September 17 2021

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A crunch Spurs-Chelsea clash, Odsonne Édouard testing Virgil van Dijk and Norwich already on the back footIt has been a tough opening four games for Newcastle, amassing one point and conceding 12 goals. Three-quarters of those concessions have come in the second half, a sign they cannot maintain the

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Jonathan Wilson at Old Trafford on Sunday, September 12 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo hero worship does not mask Manchester United’s flaws | Jonathan Wilson

Returning star gave fans their money’s worth in 4-1 win over Newcastle but club would have been wiser investing in midfieldThey had come to celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo and they got what they had come for: not one, but two opportunities to shout “Si!” as he celebrated goals with that characteristic s

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David Hytner at Old Trafford on Saturday, September 11 2021

Solskjær hails matchwinning Ronaldo: ‘There was expectation, he delivered’

‘He lifts everyone,’ says Manchester United managerForward scores twice on second debut for clubOle Gunnar Solskjær said Cristiano Ronaldo had reintroduced himself to his Manchester United teammates at a meeting on Friday night – and then watched him do likewise to the Old Trafford crowd as he inspi

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Niall McVeigh on Saturday, September 11 2021

Ronaldo scores twice as Man Utd beat Newcastle: clockwatch – as it happened

Cristiano Ronaldo made a dream Manchester United return with two goals in an emphatic 4-1 victory at Old TraffordBrentford: Raya, Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Canos, Norgaard, Baptiste, Janelt, Henry, Mbeumo, Toney.Subs: Jorgensen, Thompson, Jensen, Forss, Wissa, Ghoddos, Onyeka, Roerslev, Fernandez.Brig

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David Hytner at Old Trafford on Saturday, September 11 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo makes dream return as Manchester United rout Newcastle

It was the hottest ticket in town for some time and Cristiano Ronaldo was never going to disappoint. It is rare that one individual transcends a match but that is how it was at Old Trafford from the moment Manchester United’s returning icon first stepped out to warm up, sparking roars that could be

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on Friday, September 10 2021

Manchester United v Newcastle: match preview

Cristiano Ronaldo has already taken the shirt number off Edinson Cavani’s back and is likely to steal his starting spot for his first appearance for Manchester United since May 2009. Newcastle could be without their own, arguably slightly lower-wattage, star attacker as Callum Wilson is suffering wi

Louise Taylor on Friday, September 10 2021

Steve Bruce makes frustration clear at Newcastle’s lack of summer signings

• United manager only brought in Joe Willock for £22m• Bruce: ‘I have to accept the club’s stance and move on’Steve Bruce made plain his frustration at Newcastle’s lack of transfer market activity this summer as he spoke publicly for the first time since a disappointing deadline day.The Newcastle ma

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Louise Taylor on Thursday, September 9 2021

Newcastle impasse underscored by brazen transfer window statement | Louise Taylor

Steve Bruce broke owner Mike Ashley’s unwritten rule that managers on Tyneside are best seen and not heardMike Ashley is often described as brass-necked but behind the brash and brazen exterior Newcastle’s owner can also be extremely thin-skinned. A prime example of this paradox is to be found betwe

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Barry Glendenning on Friday, September 3 2021

Arteta and Bruce may have preferred to stay far from the madding crowd | Barry Glendenning

Is playing in front of fans again good for everyone? Two Premier League managers are already sporting that haunted lookThree weeks into the Premier League campaign, the international break has presented us with an early opportunity to take stock. And while it’s far too soon to draw definitive conclu

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Guardian sport on Wednesday, September 1 2021

Transfer window verdict: how every Premier League club fared

Some left it late, others did their business early but among some eye-catching arrivals which clubs have been the smartest?Few clubs can have spent nearly £150m in one transfer window yet left its fanbase feeling utterly demoralised. Arsenal have strengthened in the areas they felt they needed but j

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Guardian sport on Monday, August 30 2021

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Demarai Gray looks like a bargain for Everton, while Steve Bruce is already under plenty of pressure from Newcastle fansWolves felt undermined by the officials following a third straight league defeat but another electric performance should raise few questions about their direction of travel under B

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on Friday, August 27 2021

Newcastle v Southampton: match preview

A big day beckons for Adam Armstrong. Born and bred in Newcastle and part of his hometown club’s academy from the age of nine, the Southampton striker was devastated to be told he was not good enough to make the grade at St James’ Park. That was three years ago when Armstrong was sold to Blackburn i

Barry Glendenning on Friday, August 27 2021

Football transfer rumours: Richarlison replacing Mbappé at PSG?

This fluff is England’s newest hitmakerWhile the mooted move of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City is certainly the biggest story in town, it is far from the only one as various clubs the length and breadth of Europe embark on last-ditch rounds of haggling, horse-trading and wheeler-dealing before

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Barry Glendenning, Stuart Goodwin and Will Unwin on Friday, August 27 2021

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Raphaël Varane’s Manchester United debut and Romelu Lukaku’s desire to show Liverpool what he is made ofRomelu Lukaku’s first eight league games against Liverpool, when he was a much rawer prospect, yielded five goals, with Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho among those buffeted relentles

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Louise Taylor at St James' Park on Wednesday, August 25 2021

Burnley knock Newcastle out after Wayne Hennessey’s shootout heroics

Wayne Hennessey enjoyed a debut to remember as Steve Bruce failed to fulfil a pre-match pledge to treat Newcastle United fans to a cup run.Not content with ensuring the tie went to penalties, Burnley’s new goalkeeper then denied Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almirón as Sean Dyche’s side won the sho

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