Mour­inho sent off, Man U draw 4th straight home league game

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

LON­DON (AP): IRED TO re­vi­talise Manch­ester United, Jose Mour­inho is in­stead turn­ing the clock back and los­ing his tem­per in pub­lic.

A 1-1 draw with West Ham yes­ter­day left United 11 points be­hind lead­ers Chelsea and with­out a win in four league matches at Old Traf­ford for the first time since 1990.

That dry home spell came to­ward the end of a 26-year ti­tle drought which ended in 1993 with Alex Fer­gu­son col­lect­ing the Pre­mier League tro­phy. Fer­gu­son re­tired in 2013 with 13 ti­tle tri­umphs to his name and Mour­inho was ap­pointed to recre­ate the Scot’s win­ning men­tal­ity at the club af­ter three lack­lus­tre years un­der David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

The only cur­rent sim­i­lar­ity be­tween Fer­gu­son and Mour­inho, who was fired a year ago by Chelsea, is the fiery tem­per on the Old Traf­ford touch­line. At least with Fer­gu­son it pro­duced re­sults.

Mour­inho was sent to the stands for the sec­ond time in a month yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing en­raged by Paul Pogba be­ing booked for an ap­par­ent dive.

United had just re­cov­ered af­ter con­ced­ing in­side 90 sec­onds from Di­afra Sakho’s header. Pogba set up Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic to nod in the equaliser in the 21st minute.

“One day, it will have to hap­pen for us,” said Mour­inho’s as­sis­tant, Rui Faria. “We’ll start win­ning.”

If they don’t, United faces a sec­ond sea­son out of the Cham­pi­ons League and a 30 per cent drop in spon­sor­ship cash from Adi­das of around US$25 mil­lion. Af­ter a third of the sea­son, United are eight points be­hind Arse­nal in the fourth spot to qual­ify for Europe’s elite com­pe­ti­tion.

HARSENAL 3 BOURNEMOUTH 1

Af­ter a four-game goal drought, Alexis Sanchez re­dis­cov­ered his scor­ing touch with a dou­ble ei­ther side of Theo Wal­cott’s header.

A de­fen­sive blun­der gifted Sanchez his 12th-minute opener, pounc­ing on the loose ball af­ter an er­rant back pass by de­fender Steve Cook.

A du­bi­ous penalty – won and con­verted by Cal­lum Wil­son – al­lowed Bournemouth to level in the 23rd. Wil­son barged into Na­cho Mon­real be­fore the de­fender was pe­nalised for foul­ing the Bournemouth striker.

Arse­nal took un­til eight min­utes into the sec­ond half to go back in front with Theo Wal­cott head­ing in Mon­real’s cross. Sanchez com­pleted the win in stop­page time from sub­sti­tute Olivier Giroud’s pull­back, high­light­ing the need for Arse­nal to ex­tend the Chile Arse­nal’s Alexis Sanchez cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing dur­ing the English Pre­mier League match be­tween Arse­nal and Bournemouth at Emi­rates Sta­dium in Lon­don yes­ter­day.

for­ward’s con­tract which ex­pires in 2018.

“It is im­por­tant,” Wenger said. “We will not sort it [out] tonight. We have some time in front of us. You (the me­dia) like us to spend money, so you should be happy!”

While Arse­nal stayed three points be­hind Chelsea, Bournemouth dropped to 12th.

SOUTHAMPTON 1 EVER­TON 0

Char­lie Austin scored af­ter only 41 sec­onds on a mis­er­able re­turn to Southampton for former man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man.

Josh Sims opened his Southampton de­but by tee­ing the ball up for Austin’s header.

Southampton climbed to 10th place, two points be­hind Ever­ton, who have won only one of their last eight league games in Koe­man’s first sea­son in charge.

WAT­FORD 0 STOKE 1

The ar­chi­tect of the only goal ac­knowl­edged it shouldn’t have been awarded.

Char­lie Adam’s push on Valon Behrami was missed by the ref­eree be­fore his header came off the post and can­noned off Wat­ford goal­keeper Heurelho Gomes’ legs into the net.

“I think it was a foul ac­tu­ally,” Adam said.

Wat­ford fin­ished with 10 men. Miguel Bri­tos was sent off in the 90th minute af­ter re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond yel­low card for a foul on Xher­dan Shaqiri.

Midtable Stoke (16 points) are two points be­hind Wat­ford.

AP PHO­TOS

West Ham’s Dim­itri Payet (left) and Manch­ester United’s Paul Pogba dur­ing the English Pre­mier League match be­tween Manch­ester United and West Ham United at Old Traf­ford in Manch­ester, Eng­land, yes­ter­day. The game ended 1-1.

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Manch­ester United’s man­ager, Jose Mour­inho.

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