Mour­inho fears United suc­cumb­ing to pres­sure

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

Arse­nal’s Alexis Sanchez misses penalty dur­ing their English Pre­mier League foot­ball match against Hull at the KCOM Sta­dium, Hull, Eng­land, on Satur­day. LON­DON (AP): THE FOOTBALLING di­vide in Manch­ester is be­com­ing clearer a month into the sea­son.

On the blue side, Pep Guardi­ola is thriv­ing at the start of his Manch­ester City ca­reer with five wins out of five in the Pre­mier League.

On the red side, José Mour­inho is dis­cov­er­ing the toils David Moyes and Louis van Gaal en­dured try­ing to live up to Alex Fer­gu­son’s high achieve­ments dur­ing his 26-year reign.

Af­ter open­ing the cam­paign with three suc­ces­sive wins, the record 20time English cham­pi­ons have now lost three games in around a week.

A 3-1 loss at Wat­ford yes­ter­day – end­ing a 30-year un­beaten run against the club based north of Lon­don – fol­lowed a los­ing start to the Europa League on Thurs­day at Feyeno­ord in the Nether­lands. The mis­er­able se­quence started last Satur­day by los­ing the first Manch­ester derby of the sea­son to Guardi­ola’s City.

“I feel that some in­di­vid­u­als prob­a­bly feel the pres­sure and re­spon­si­bil­ity too much,” Mour­inho said at Vicarage Road.

“We started the sea­son very well with (win­ning) the Com­mu­nity Shield and three vic­to­ries in a row in the Pre­mier League, the best start that a new man­ager has had at Manch­ester United I think.

“But was I think­ing that my team was ready, per­fect, un­beat­able? Not at all. I was com­pletely aware that we were not per­fect, with lots of play­ers who are not end prod­ucts and can make their own mis­takes.”

Al­though 18-year-old Mar­cus Rash­ford marked his first start of the sea­son for Mour­inho by can­celling out Éti­enne Capoue’s opener, Wat­ford surged back in front in the 83rd minute SONOMA, Cal­i­for­nia (AP): STEPHEN CURRY grew up just 20 min­utes away from one of the show­place tracks in NASCAR.

De­spite the prox­im­ity, he never made it out to an event at Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way.

Some 2,700 miles away, at a road course in Cal­i­for­nia, Curry fi­nally made it to his first race. The two-time NBA MVP paid a visit to Sonoma Race­way yes­ter­day as the sup­port­ive hus­band to wife Aye­sha.

It was Aye­sha Curry who was named grand mar­shall of the Indy­Car sea­son fi­nale, and Stephen Curry had no at Vicarage Road. Sub­sti­tute Camilo Zúñiga scored within a minute of com­ing off the bench and Troy Deeney net­ted a penalty in the fifth minute of stop­page time. It’s only five games into the Pre­mier League sea­son, but United are al­ready six points be­hind the lead­ers – Guardi­ola’s City. “We have to im­prove, no doubt, in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively,” Mour­inho said. “And that’s my job.” If not, United could be miss­ing out on the top-four again and face an­other sea­son out of the Cham­pi­ons League. But there’s a long way to go in the sea­son.

Here is a look at yes­ter­day’s other games: TOT­TEN­HAM 1, SUN­DER­LAND 0 Moyes is try­ing to re­vive a rep­u­ta­tion tar­nished by his time at United at a club renowned for its strug­gle to stay in the Pre­mier League. Five games into the sea­son and Sun­der­land only have one point af­ter this fourth loss.

It was a mixed day for Tot­ten­ham. Harry Kane scored in con­sec­u­tive league games for the first time since March by tap­ping into Sun­der­land’s goal in the sec­ond half. But the league’s top scorer in the last cam­paign was stretchered off to­wards the end of the fix­ture at White Hart Lane with an an­kle in­jury.

Kane left the sta­dium on crutches and Tot­ten­ham is wait­ing to dis­cover the ex­tent of the in­jury af­ter scans to­day. CRYS­TAL PALACE 4, STOKE 1 Like Sun­der­land, Stoke have only a soli­tary point af­ter be­ing con­demned to a fourth straight league loss on a trip to south Lon­don.

Stoke col­lapsed in­side 11 min­utes at Sel­hurst Park, with goals from James Tomkins and Scott Dann seiz­ing con­trol of the game. An­other goal burst came in the sec­ond half when James McArthur and An­dros Townsend net­ted in­side AP Aye­sha Curry poses for a pho­to­graph with her hus­band, NBA basketball player Stephen Curry, as he sits in an Indy­Car driven by Mario An­dretti be­fore the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma in Sonoma, Cal­i­for­nia, yes­ter­day. Aye­sha is this year’s Grand Mar­shall of the Grand Prix of Sonoma.

LONG WAY TO GO

four min­utes, while Marko Ar­nau­tovic´ got Stoke’s only goal, in stop­page time. SOUTHAMP­TON 1, SWANSEA 0 Claude Puel’s wait for a win as Southamp­ton man­ager is over, thanks to Char­lie Austin’s goal. The sub­sti­tute striker also got the south-coast club’s Europa League cam­paign off to a bright start on Thurs­day by net­ting twice against Sparta Prague. Southamp­ton have five points from five Pre­mier League games, while Swansea are a point be­hind. prob­lem step­ping into the shadow of the bud­ding celebrity chef.

“She’s got a great thing go­ing and I am sup­port­ive of the things she’s pas­sion­ate about: cook­ing, her life­style plat­form,” Curry said, “so to see that be recog­nised and give her op­por­tu­ni­ties like this to just get out and have some fun, I am happy to sup­port her.”

Curry, star guard for the Golden State War­riors and one of the big­gest names in the NBA, said his wife was the true celebrity in the fam­ily. United man­ager José Mour­inho He’s had fun on so­cial me­dia try­ing to fol­low some of her recipes, but said he’s got a long way to go to ri­val her.

“It’s no lie that I can’t cook for any­thing. If my fam­ily had to choose be­tween me and Aye­sha, they’d choose her ev­ery day of the week,” Curry said. “When her book came out, I took it and three nights in a row made din­ner. It was ground­break­ing, but I just got in there and fol­lowed the recipes.”

His ex­per­i­ments? Steaks, Ital­ian sausage pasta and ba­nanas foster. SPON­SOR­SHIP IS a ma­jor chal­lenge for the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in the par­ish of St Cather­ine. De­spite that, the par­ish is do­ing well. That’s the word from Peter Reid, pres­i­dent of the St Cather­ine Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

Reid says foot­ball is on the rise in the na­tion’s big­gest par­ish de­spite the fi­nan­cial chal­lenge.

“The lack of spon­sor­ship does not take away from what we are do­ing be­cause we have played our un­der13, un­der-15, un­der-17 and un­der-20 (com­pe­ti­tions) without spon­sor­ship,” he re­vealed, “and we have FLOW on board for our ma­jor league and our ‘Happy’ Suther­land (KO).”

That lat­ter com­pe­ti­tion, named for long-serv­ing St Cather­ine foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor Lin­coln ‘Happy Suther­land, is the par­ish’s pre­mier knock­out tour­na­ment.

De­spite the stric­tures, Reid be­lieves the out­look for St Cather­ine is pos­i­tive. He pointed out that eight mem­bers of the un­der-15 na­tional girls team came through St Cather­ine’s foot­ball pro­grammes and that St Cather­ine are na­tional cham­pi­ons in that age group for both boys and girls.

“So, with a small amount of spon­sor­ship, we are do­ing well,” he ac­counted, “but we could do with much more spon­sor­ship.”

Stephen Curry steps into wife’s shadow at Sonoma Race­way McCleary scores; apol­o­gises for red card

LON­DON (CMC): JA­MAICA IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Garath McCleary has apol­o­gised for his red card, which left Read­ing to de­fend stoutly in or­der to come away with a 2-1 vic­tory against Barns­ley in the English Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

Play­ing away at Oak­well, McCleary scored in the ninth minute to hand the vis­i­tors the lead be­fore John Swift dou­bled the lead in the 27th minute.

How­ever, McCleary turned vil­lain when he was given march­ing or­ders in the 34th minute af­ter re­act­ing to a tackle on Danny Wil­liams by push­ing Barns­ley cap­tain Conor Houri­hane to the ground.

“I apol­o­gise pro­fusely,” McCleary said via on­line so­cial net­work­ing ser­vice, Twit­ter.

“I was de­fend­ing DW (and) had head loss, which played into their hands. The boys have done ex­cel­lent for the re­main­ing 60 mins ...”

Read­ing man­ager Jaap Stam was sym­pa­thetic to McCleary’s mis­de­meanour, but said the player needed to bet­ter han­dle such sit­u­a­tions.

“He was ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed with what hap­pened. He re­acted to the tackle on Danny,” the for­mer Manch­ester United de­fender said.

“Of course, he needs to be more clever in that sit­u­a­tion, but I think it’s the re­ac­tion of their player as well. It was not like he hit him; he pushed him away.”

McCleary had opened the scor­ing when he tucked home a re­bound af­ter his ini­tial penalty shot was saved and then watched as Swift pro­duced a su­per fin­ish to put Read­ing in full con­trol.

How­ever, once he was sent off, it left Read­ing to de­fend­ing for an hour and the de­vel­op­ment changed the en­tire com­plex­ion of the game.

“Of course, when Garath got the red card, it was a to­tally dif­fer­ent game,” Stam said. “We had to de­fend and work very hard for each other and we did that.”

Adam Arm­strong fi­nally breached the Read­ing de­fence nine min­utes from time, but Bars­ley were un­able to find the equaliser to claim a share of the points.

Barns­ley are fourth on 15 points, with Read­ing one point be­hind in eighth.

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