Chelsea eventually slipped out of the Champions League places after a defeat against Everton in February 2012 and the pressure started to mount. Incredibly, given that this timeframe includes a 6-1 home defeat by Tottenham, the worst start to a campaign at Old Trafford in 48 years and defeats by Burnley and Crystal Palace, United were on a record-breaking run of away victories going into the match in Istanbul. United’s advancements, their best performances under Solskjaer, the victories into which we read progress, development and corners turned? The two wins in the Champions League this season, victories at Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea, a hard-fought draw with Liverpool. We can see Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal starting to emerge, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham. Based on the King’s Road in Chelsea, the firm is said to be setting up a nationwide testing network. A frightening development. Queens Park Rangers wore their third strip against Cardiff last week – while playing at Loftus Road. After another impressive goalscoring season in the topflight, Defoe then mirrored his last transfer and went back to Tottenham after just one season with Pompey in a deal worth £15.75million – over double what Spurs had sold him for just 12 months before.

And Jurgen Klopp speaks up for Mohamed Salah despite his fall to win a penalty last Saturday bearing no relation to the contact made by Arthur Masuaku. Former boxing heavyweight Vitaly Klitschko donned a Ukraine shirt of his own as he celebrated ‘glory to heroes’ after the win. There is an extra feature to the Chelsea 18/19 third shirt that’s a bit special. Nor is it a particularly special anniversary – the 45th – or even a noteworthy date. So Jose Mourinho defends Harry Kane, even though there is footage of him pulling exactly the same stroke with Aaron Cresswell against West Ham, that he did against Adam Lallana of Brighton. If any under 10 team had won a corner but left nobody back to cover the lone striker, their coach, or even a well-meaning parent, would have raised the alarm from the touchline. He rang back. The rest is history. This is Paul Pogba back to his best, blink and you’ll miss it. With Villa losing 1-0 and looking to build up possession from deep, Villa defender Olof Mellberg chucked a harmless throw-in back to Enckelman, who stood isolated in the Villa penalty area under zero pressure from a Birmingham player.

We thought, at last, Solskjaer was getting the value from Anthony Martial, but no. Bruno Fernandes is going to be the player of the season, or maybe not. What shocks, however, is the fundamental lack of understanding about two jobs – tennis player and tennis reporter. The Belgian, however, has vacated the club in favour of Madrid, and Caballero takes up Courtois’ old number while Kepa steps in for the Argentine after his move from Athletic. Known for his bargains and loan deals, the 48-year-old played a crucial role in the club’s dominance in Serie A while keeping costs down. It is great to see Danny Welbeck back playing and scoring in the Premier League at Brighton this year, now aged 30. His pedigree as a top-level striker has always been known, but he’s struggled with injury for so many years that it would have been understandable for him to either retire or drop down a division. Power restoration to a large part of New York City also means wireless phone service that relies on this commercial power could also get back up and running. For days, millions of customers were without cell-phone and wireless data service. Some pundits question whether this will allow Arsene Wenger to finally pull one off on Jose Mourinho and in the process win the Premier League.

Bonggamom Finds: Yummie Tummie at BlogHer 2010 To Boot is one of Spector’s go-to brands for versatile, affordable Chelsea boots, and there’s no denying the Hemingway style is, first of all, a very beautiful boot. All in all, it’s probably the best home shirt Under Armour has produced. Featuring a white faux-v-neck collar, the Everton home shirt is a classic and classy one, with the blue extending to the top part of the team’s white shorts. Diego Costa, who was the Blues’ top scorer in their title-winning season, was surprisingly told by boss Antonio Conte he was surplus to requirements. He’s Slovakia’s all-time top scorer. Diaby opened up about it a few years ago, adding how much Arsene Wenger’s support meant to him. Everybody thinks they have the prettiest wife at home, said Arsene Wenger – and every football manager thinks they have the centre forward who does not dive. Then we have watched when United appear clueless and under-coached: at the end of the 2018-19 season, in Istanbul this week, against Tottenham at home, against Chelsea in an FA Cup semi-final. Chelsea have revealed their squad numbers for the 2018-19 season, with new signing Kepa Arrizabalaga taking the club’s No.1 jersey.