The timing of Erik ten Hag’s Manager of the Month award was, shall we say, infelicitous. Just 24 hours after he posed with this bauble alongside his players, applying a veneer of unity to the seething dysfunction at Manchester United, a truer picture of the Dutchman’s position emerged. And it could be found as the final whistle sounded on a defeat of historic horror to Bournemouth. This time he stood alone and motionless on the touchline, a diagram of despair, without anyone offering a word of c
Cristian Romero was branded “mad” and “crazy” after a horrific challenge on Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson somehow escaped a red card after a Var review during Tottenham Hotspur’s otherwise impressive display.
At the final whistle Pep Guardiola was doing Pep Guardiola things: on the pitch chastising Ruben Dias for committing a foul in the last-minute that could have resulted in an equalising goal and, even more animatedly, deep in conversation as he coached Jack Grealish.
On Friday lunchtime, Saracens would not necessarily have been the obvious pick for the first English side to lose in this season’s Champions Cup. Certainly, few would have predicted the manner in which they succumbed to the Bulls, who boast four World Cup winners in their starting XV, with the South African franchise bullying the Premiership champions in almost all areas.