When Man City win 3-1 and Sterling is STILL the story…

I will follow heem… On Sunday, Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail was on BBC 5 Live saying that Raheem Sterling had not in any way been singled out for criticism by the English media in the face of overwhelming evidence.

When Man City win 3-1 and Sterling is STILL the story…

When Man City win 3-1 and Sterling is STILL the story…

Also on Sunday, Sterling’s Manchester City beat Manchester United 3-1 in a game that put them 12 points ahead of their neighbours.

Meanwhile…

36. The one where City put 3 past United, but somehow Sterling still makes the headlines. This one might be the weirdest yet. pic.twitter.com/q5v7qEVqln

— Adam Keyworth (@adamkeyworth) November 12, 2018

Seriously, who the hell watches City destroy Manchester United – who managed only one shot on target in 90 minutes – and thinks that the big story is what Pep Guardiola said to Raheem Sterling after the game? Especially when even The Sun describe the City manager as ‘mildly critical’.

Obsessives, that’s who.

 

Quote unquote Swearing works in headlines. It’s like magic. We know that. So when somebody swears, we love it.

But you know what you really shouldn’t do? Pretend somebody has sworn just to create a sweary headline.

That lesson has clearly not been taught at The Sun online. This was their headline on the big Raheem Sterling news:

‘Raheem Sterling ‘p***** off’ Manchester United star Juan Mata with his showboating… but fans loved it’

See those comma-like things floating in the air? They are quote marks. They require a quote. And you know who said on record that Sterling ‘p***** off’ Mata? Nobody. Absolutely nobody. Not Juan Mata. Not Jose Mourinho. Not even any of the nobodies whose tweets apparently add to the story.

But still, you got a sweary Sterling headline. So congratulations, you f***ing won.

 

Meanwhile… ‘Man Utd fans spotted what Juan Mata did when Raheem Sterling started showboating’ – Daily Mirror online.

‘Spotted’? It was on Sky Sports.

 

Fan power But this is just what the Daily Mirror do. Elsewhere on their football homepage:

‘Laughing and smiling, Manchester United fans are FURIOUS over what Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata did on bench during derby mauling by City.’

‘Xhaka baffles Arsenal fans with what he did in build-up to Wolves goal.’

‘Pogba misses derby – and fans make same point about Graeme Souness.’

‘Torreira baffles Arsenal fans with what he did in training before Wolves clash.’

‘Man Utd and Arsenal fans agree over Alexis Sanchez as worrying trend emerges’

Couple of questions:

1) Why do they bother paying actual journalists?

2) Why are Arsenal fans so easily baffled?

 

Heaven knows we’re miserable now Dave Kidd, The Sun, November 10:

‘Suddenly, Manchester United under Mourinho are looking as we imagined they might be. Bloody-minded, never-say-die, last-action heroes. Ballsing it out in Fergie time, coming from behind to win twice at Bournemouth and Juventus.

‘United have clicked in the enforced absence of Romelu Lukaku – the sort of target man Mourinho generally employs. Even if the Belgian is passed fit, he may not start tomorrow. Not that Mourinho will come over all naive and imagine he can out-football City.  No Premier League team can do that.

‘But they will travel across town with class, confidence, hope and doubtless a proper Mourinho gameplan. So get a bucket of popcorn in. This one might just be epic.’

Dave Kidd, The Sun, November 12 after the team in eighth lost 3-1 away from home at the team at the top of the table:

‘WHERE to start, then, with this miserable imitation of a Manchester United team?’

Shall we start with them travelling across town ‘with class, confidence, hope and doubtless a proper Mourinho gameplan’? Oddly, that is reduced to ‘a certain confidence’ by Monday.

The problem with peddling hyperbole is that you leave yourself with no option but a massive, f***-off U-turn. We will give him one thing though: it was epic.

 

Propaganda Manchester City destroyed Manchester United, but what chance did United have? As Ciaran Kelly writes in the Manchester Evening News:

‘The team-sheets said it all at the Etihad.

‘Seven of Pep Guardiola’s signings were in his starting line-up; Jose Mourinho was still piecing together a group of players bought by four different managers. Partly-owing to injuries, just two of Mourinho’s signings would make the starting line-up for Sunday’s Manchester derby.’

That ‘partly’ (we will ignore the bizarre hyphen) is doing an awful lot of work in that paragraph.

Since Mourinho has been in charge of Manchester United, he has spent almost £400m on transfers. It’s true that only two of his 11 signings started against City on Sunday, but whose fault might that be?

The nine remaining signings have been frozen out (Eric Bailly), allowed to leave because they were a short-term fix (Zlatan), sold (Henrikh Mkhitaryan), injured after being humiliated (Paul Pogba), dropped (Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez), injured after being restricted (Diogo Dalot), benched despite costing £53m (Fred) and never given a chance (Lee Grant).

The team-sheets did indeed say it all. But not quite what the MEN want you to believe.

 

Suddenly maybe Jamie Redknapp, the Daily Mail: ‘Suddenly, the prospect of life without Kompany does not look so bad.’

Suddenly? They won the Premier League by 19 points last season with Kompany playing less than half their games.

 

Monday, Monday It’s a recurring theme for a Monday Mediawatch, but at what point are sports editors going to call an end to the ridiculous tradition that Monday match reports – read almost 48 hours after the game – begin with quotes, quite often unconnected to the game itself?

Imagine being a Cardiff fan, giddy about your second Premier League win of the season, and then opening your copy of The Sun and reading that ‘LEWIS DUNK may be a late bloomer but he has times his England run to perfection reckons his Brighton boss Chris Hughton’?

It might have been just about acceptable if they had – you know – won.

 

Questions, so many questions

Adam Johnson’s sister reveals footie nonce ‘CAN’T WAIT’ to play golf when he's OUT https://t.co/GPw0emuLbp pic.twitter.com/v0MicsYXpf

— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) November 10, 2018

1) ‘Reveals’?

2) Is ‘footie nonce’ the best second mention ever?

3) Who decided on those random capitals? Mediawatch WANTS to KNOW.

 

Recommended reading of the day Adam Bate on the problems facing Tottenham

Sean Ingle on Lionel Messi being underrrated

Mark Critchley on Jose Mourinho trying to win the lottery

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