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Solskjær cannot continue to survive on goodwill and fond memories

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It was an afternoon to stir the soul, a thrilling game of three outstanding goals and a Leicester performance that suggested their injury problems may be behind them and their season may be about to begin. Even in the...

Louis van Gaal may be rude and stubborn but his vision should be celebrated

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The 70-year-old walks over to the 24-year-old and peers at what he is watching. His hands flick out in a shrug of incomprehension. “Are these cars racing now?” he asks, bewildered. “Do you really enjoy watching this? ...

Newcastle fans speak of suffering but what about actual suffering in Saudi Arabia?

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There used to be a sport over there. Football has never been pure. There have always been the rich looking to improve their reputations by investing in clubs. Even in its amateur days, football was rotten, amateurism ...

Is Facebook the tobacco industry of the 21st century?

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Will we one day think of Facebook the way we now think of cigarettes? Or is the company more akin to the gun lobby? Perhaps the alcohol industry is the closer fit. As we shall see, there’s merit in all three compariso...

Jonathan Aitken was paid £166,000 for book on Kazakh autocrat, leak suggests

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In April 2010 Jonathan Aitken flew to Washington. The former Conservative MP and minister, famously jailed for lying, was in the US for the launch of his latest book: a flattering biography of Kazakhstan’s president, ...

A striker isn’t everything, but might solve Pep Guardiola’s all-or-nothing problem

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The temptation watching Manchester City’s 1-0 win at Chelsea last Saturday was to think we were witnessing the very best of modern football. It might not have been rip-roaring, but here were two squads stocked with ex...

You are what you eat? Why food choices shouldn’t be a proxy for class

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The British like to think that they have a uniquely profound understanding of class. In truth, it’s the opposite. The arcane rules of the country’s class system mean we have a deranged understanding of our divisions, ...

Jonathan Cooper obituary

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The barrister Jonathan Cooper, who has died suddenly aged 58, was the driving force behind numerous human rights campaigns over the past 30 years. Exuberant, knowledgable and admired by a wide circle of friends, he wa...

In plain sight, Boris Johnson is rigging the system to stay in power

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If this wasn’t us, how would we describe it? If this was Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, or Poland, what language might we use? Would an announcer on the BBC World Service declare: “Amid fuel and food shortages, the governmen...

Chelsea miss Mount as Guardiola wrestles control back from Tuchel

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It’s dangerous always to elevate players in absentia, to assume that if only they had been there they would have produced a flawless game and performed absolutely to their maximum, but perhaps the biggest lesson from ...

Struggling neighbours offer Spurs a grim warning of their own mediocre future

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The phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached Spurs. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing visible save one outstretched hand. It pointed to the sou...

Jonathan Franzen: ‘I just write it like I see it and that gets me in trouble’

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IT IS 11AM PACIFIC TIME and Jonathan Franzen has just turned on the light. “Special occasion,” he says drily of our video call. A sliver of sunshine dares to creep under the venetian blind at the window. “I’m vampiric...

The cause of our food and petrol shortages is Brexit – yet no one dares name it

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It has become the Voldemort of British politics, the word few in government or opposition will breathe out loud. Once repeated with numbing frequency, it is now the cause that dare not speak its name. I’m talking abou...

James Rodríguez and Everton was always a beautiful doomed marriage

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James Rodríguez has gone to Qatar in search of work, although unlike many others who have made the trip before him he can at least keep his passport and will be allowed to leave whenever he wants. The bewitching Colom...

Jonathan Mirsky: reporter who went from Mao fan to fierce Beijing critic

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Jonathan Mirsky, the Observer’s former China correspondent who has died aged 88, was acutely aware of the mounting danger from the bullets criss-crossing Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989 as units of the People’s Libera...

Brighton are making strides under Graham Potter but the hard yards lie ahead

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xG is not a perfect tool. Models vary. They have flaws. But still, it is striking that most xG – expected goals – models for last season had Brighton finishing not 16th, as they actually did, but fifth or sixth. Imagi...

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