Liverpool beat Southampton 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday in comfortable fashion ahead of a return to European action […]
If you don’t know who Paul Nehlen is, count your blessings. He’s one of several racists and Nazis running this cycle under the GOP party banner. The GOP doesn’t want them. But theirs is the party the white supremacists choose to run with. I wonder why?
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) February 11, 2018
Donald Trump became president of the United States of Men today
The 1977 skit gently mocked the women’s movement and less gently mocked the patriarchy with a TV talk show called “You’ve Come a Long Way, Buddy” that promoted the work of male painters like Vincent Van Gogh (who “influenced many artists. And he was a man.”) while music written by men, like Beethoven, played in the background, The skit reached its absurdist crescendo when a cigar-smoking John Belushi appears as a character who’s launched a 24-hour rape hotline … for men who’ve committed a rape. Belushi’s “Sam Montgomery” says the hotline gives rapists “an opportunity to talk to someone who understands what he’s gone through” — and it’s completely anonymous.
“Very often, to be known as a rapist is a social stigma, and it can ruin a man’s life.”
That’s a quote from SNL and what was supposed to be biting social satire, in a time when the future absurdity of Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States, was beyond the ability of comedy writers to imagine.
Manchester United’s Phil Jones has admitted that his teammates and himself were not good enough vs Newcastle as they fell to a 1-0 defeat.
Jose Mourinho’s men were expected to get a routine win over the Magpies and perhaps complacency was one of the factors in the loss.
No one was blameless after such a result and it now leaves United 16 points behind fierce rivals and league leaders Manchester City.
Worse though is that the teams below the club can now catch up to them such as Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea and risk kicking them out of the Champions League spots.
The Red Devils will even face both the Reds and the Blues in two of their next three upcoming fixtures in a time that will surely test the club’s ability.
#MUFC defender Phil Jones:
"We didn't show up today, we started slow. We got control midway through the first half and should have scored but we weren't at the races, we weren't good enough, simple as."@BBCRMsport
— ᗷIᒪᒪ ᖇIᑕᕮ (@billrice23) February 11, 2018
Whilst Phil Jones wasn’t particularly poor during the loss to Newcastle, recent performances have called into question whether he’s a true Manchester United centre-back.
Chris Smalling has also frustrated fans hugely and it’s tough to see both of them remaining at the club next season with surely at least one being sold.
The competition for spots in the centre of defence has never been higher with Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof also all fighting for just two starting positions.
If one counts youngster Axel Tuanzebe that makes it six centre-backs competing for two spots- surely one or two players have to go.
One gets the feeling that the only reason Mourinho hasn’t sold any of them already is due to the injury crisis the club’s defenders seem to go through every season but perhaps this will be their last straw.
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Anthony Martial has expressed his delight at being voted Manchester United’s ‘Player of the Month’ for the third time this season.
The Frenchman picked up the award for September and October following a string of ebullient displays on the left hand side.
Speaking to MUTV, the 22-year-old noted he was pleased with the way he has started 2018.
“I feel really good at the moment,” he said.
“I’m training hard and, to be fair, with the matches and results since the new year, we’ve made a decent start, so I hope we can continue in the same vein.
“It’s a real honour for me that the supporters have voted for me. I think now it’s the third time it’s happened this season. I just hope I can keep this run going and maybe even try and win a few more of them!”
2018 began with Martial, through a beautiful curling strike at Everton, eclipsing the goal tally he managed during the entirety of last season – a strange time during which he admitted to not being fully focused, his mind preoccupied with things outside of the pitch.
This time around, however, the 22-year-old’s application has been ruthless. His body language conveys a kind of controlled ferociousness, contrasting heavily with the detached figure we saw just a year ago, and the precision which has returned to his game – both inside and outside the box – as a result serves as a frightening prospect for any right-back in the world.
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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has claimed his side may be without Alvaro Morata for some time yet, and that the back injury keeping the player out shows no signs of being fixed.
That’s not great news for Chelsea, and while they only have to face West Brom and Hull in their next couple of games, it’s the Champions League tie against Barcelona that will have Conte and the fans worrying.
Conte did admit that winter signing Giroud is available, and will be able to play this weekend, and Chelsea know they can’t drop anymore ground in the race for the top four after inconsistent results since the turn of the year.
Conte said in his presser: “Giroud is training with us and is in contention.
“Players like Morata we are missing for a long period.
“I don’t know, he is trying to stop this pain in his back.
“I don’t know and for this reason I am a bit worried as you know very well the importance of this player.”
When it comes to his own future, Conte wasn’t pulling any punches, and made it clear that he is fully committed to Chelsea, the players and the club.
It may well be the case that he leaves come the end of the season, but for now, the Chelsea boss is happy to stay and work with the under-performing players – and has even given them some time off due to their heavy schedules.
“I am not thinking for only one moment the possibility of going away from this club.
“My commitment and the players are totally for this club.
“A lot of time in football the manager and the coach depends on the result. At the moment we are having a poor result.
“For this reason we have to pay great attention.
“I think it was the only moment in the whole season to give them a bit of rest. For this reason.
“I think in the future it will be very important to have a little space and room with the federation to give a bit of room for the players. When you play a lot of games, especially when you go through in the competitions.
“We are playing in the FA Cup and two games against Norwich, then CL and the league.
“A bit of rest for the players, not just mine, but in general is important.
Dropping out of the race
In a shock turn of events, it was announced on Thursday evening that Liverpool will not be signing long-term target Thomas Lemar from Monaco.
The Frenchman has looked to be one of the clubs top targets over the past couple of transfer windows.
Having previously had a bid rejected, it was expected that the club would go back in for the player as Philippe Coutinho’s replacement.
The club still have a hefty percentage of that £142million fee in the bank but it looks as though they will not be using it on Lemar.
That is because the Liverpool Echo are reporting that the Reds have dropped all interest in signing the Monaco wide man.
The report states that Klopp was put off making a move in January due to the inflated price of around £90million.
He, and other figures at the club now think that there are much more solid investments than spending that amount of money on Lemar.
Not only that, the Liverpool Echo claims that the club is ‘convinced’ there are players who would much more suit their needs come the summer.
Finally, the player has also only contributed to Monaco’s season with three goals and five assists, a slump compared to last campaign.
Just got home to see that Liverpool are NOT interested in Thomas Lemar anymore. I’ll say it now: I want Isco.
— Mike (@MikeMongie) February 8, 2018
Arsenal to move in?
One question that this does raise is whether Arsenal will return to sign the player in the summer.
They had a move for the player fall through on deadline day in the summer due to the player’s cold feet and lack of time to complete a deal.
In January they chose to pursue a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang instead over Thomas Lemar.
Now, with reports that Arsenal and Liverpool were set to battle it out for the player this summer, Arsenal have a free run at the player.
Whether they decide to take it or not is yet to be seen.
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