Weekend Talking Points: Will Mourinho change his Man Utd approach?
Daniel Anwar | 22 October 2018
Review of the weekend’s action
It was a big weekend of sports, with plenty happening in football, F1, American Football and more.
There’s a lot to discuss and we’ve got all the big talking points right here:
Time for Man Utd to attack, attack, attack?
For the second league game running, Manchester United came alive after falling behind. Going gung-ho saw them complete a superb comeback against Newcastle United. It almost earned them a vital away win at Chelsea too.
Jose Mourinho’s default approach is to keep things tight rather than risk an open game. But his squad has much more talent in attacking areas than at the back. After letting the likes of Anthony Martial off the leash, United came from behind to go 2-1 up at Stamford Bridge.
But Mourinho took off Martial and Mata to try and sit on their lead, only for Ross Barkley to equalise in the dying seconds. Will the United boss realise his team are best suited to playing on the front foot? They’re 21/10 underdogs at home to Juventus tomorrow.
Is Jokanovic under threat at Fulham?
Slavisa Jokanovic is now 11/4 second-favourite as the next Premier League manager to leave after Fulham’s 4-2 loss to Cardiff City.
Fulham have conceded 25 league goals in just nine leagues so far. They’re the only team in the top-flight yet to keep a clean sheet this term.
If Jokanovic can’t tighten things up defensively, he may not have long left at Craven Cottage.
Lewis Hamilton’s F1 title celebrations delayed for a week?
Lewis Hamilton had the chance to wrap up a fifth F1 Drivers’ Championship in the USA this weekend. However, he’ll now have to wait until Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix at least after only finishing third in Texas.
The Brit had started in pole but race winner Kimi Raikkonen immediately took the lead with softer tires and better grip. Hamilton was also instructed to make a pit stop on the 11th lap. His new tires didn’t last, forcing him to make a second stop later on. Raikkonen only had to stop once at the Circuit of the Americas, on his way to a first win since 2013.
Despite this setback, Hamilton only needs five points from the three remaining races to seal top spot.
Chargers cling on to win at Wembley
The second game of the NFL ‘s International Series at Wembley this month saw the Los Angeles Chargers narrowly beat the Tennessee Titans 20-19. But the Titans will feel they’ve missed a big opportunity here.
Luke Stocker had scored a touchdown with 31 seconds left on the clock, taking them to within a point of the Chargers.
The Titans went for two instead of kicking to take the game into overtime, only for Marcus Mariota to throw an incomplete pass. Mike Vrabel’s side have now lost three games in a row, taking them to 3-4 this season.
Will we have a title race in Germany?
Borussia Dortmund’s impressive start to the campaign continued with a 4-0 win over VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. They’re three points clear at the top of the table and still unbeaten under Lucien Favre.
Bayern Munich returned to winning ways too with a 3-1 victory over Wolfsburg. There are still question marks over Niko Kovac, but he looks safe for the immediate future.
Bayern have strolled to the title for six years in a row, but it looks like things could be much tighter this term.
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