Manchester United’s uneven start to the season hit another speed bump, as they crashed out of the Carabao Cup, losing 8-7 on penalties to Derby County after it finished tied 2-2. It took a last minute Marouane Fellaini to tie the game, Derby having gone ahead 2-1 after a brilliant free kick by Harry Wilson, and then a goal to take the lead by Jack Marriott. Jose Mourinho was beaten by his former player Frank Lampard, who is in his first year of managing at Derby County. The loss to a lower league team in the cup is bad enough, but Mourinho seems to have reignited his feud with Paul Pogba, declaring that Pogba would no longer captain the team at times. If there is a cup to get knocked out of early, I suppose it is the Carabao cup. Still, the way United are playing, they don’t seem destined to win any bigger trophies this season.
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced they were letting Carl Robinson go as their head coach, after almost 5 years in charge. He had his ups and downs, which was probably a big reason that he will no longer be coaching. Still, Robinson was a successful coach that sparked a few playoff runs for the Whitecaps, and among other things helped in the development of rising phenom Alphonso Davies. And now the Whitecaps will be entering the post-Robinson, post-Davies era. Bobby Warshaw of MLSsoccer.com discusses what that will look like for the Whitecaps.
Luka Modric won FIFA’s the Best player award, breaking the duopoly that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had on the award for 8 years. Modric beat out Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo, all of whom excelled in their club seasons, but Modric with his tremendous performance in the World Cup probably put him over the top of his competitors. There were rumors of Modric wanting to leave Real Madrid, but with Ronaldo gone, Modric seems poised to take over the spotlight now at Real.
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