A bread and butter win against a poor Palace, with Özil out, presumably to flu, it gave us a chance to see what life would be like with a proper Mesut injury and to my surprise it didn't look as bad as I feared. His absence seemed to embolden some; freed from having to pass it to the German Genius whenever he is available; players started to express themselves more than usual and it worked well.
The Union didn't dominate the opening 15 minutes, NY just had the wrong approach. Philly was in control for a bit after going ahead, but Josh Yaro's injury gave the home side a chance to regroup and dominate.
Photo: Courtesy of Philadelphia Union It isn't hard to guess how everybody involved with Philadelphia Union from players to coaches to fans are feeling after Saturday's road win in New England. It also isn't hard to figure out why New England felt the need to steal a page [...]
Many teams go through late summer swoons in MLS. Philadelphia Union have not been "found out," and they are not revealing long-hidden weaknesses. They are making individual mistakes, bad defensive reads, and playing too direct.
The Union midfield is in transition. PSP's Adam Cann breaks down that transition after the Union's 3-2 loss to Vancouver, why the Union are now surrendering so many goals, and why the attack is so exciting to watch.
Make no mistake: Alberg was the story. His finishing, movement, "dirty running," and awareness were sublime. But there was a lot more to like about the Union performance than just their hat trick hero.
Nirvana churned out 'Smells like Teen Spirit', but the influx of world class superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan along with manager Jose Mourinho, which was supposed to give Manchester United 'Nirvana', has furnished something excruciatingly different over the course of last week.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 36th minute header and 52nd minute penalty saw Manchester United through, as they retained the top spot in the Premier League table. Southampton saw more of the ball though, as they dominatedball possession with 57% .
United made four on target goal attempts, while the Saints had one.