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Author Archive for Barney Ronay

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Martial provides the drive to prolong Manchester United’s endless season | Barney Ronay

The forward was the inspiration as United summoned some energy in the dog days of midsummer to reach the Europa League semi-finals with victory over CopenhagenAt times watching this two-hour game of knockout football felt like sitting through an increa…

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Mikel Arteta has smoothed Arsenal’s knots – driving them on starts here | Barney Ronay

Manager has the heart and cutting edge of an evolving team. Things can progress if Aubameyang and Ceballos are securedFive minutes before half-time at Wembley Stadium, Mikel Arteta could be seen leaping out of his chalk rectangle and haring off down th…

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England’s superhero Ben Stokes gives ultimate escapism in our time of need | Barney Ronay

Cricket’s obsession with the all-rounder can be jarring but he inspires a special fuzzy feeling while anxiety in real life reignsBefore starting I’d just like to say I respect and cherish Ben Stokes. I venerate Ben Stokes. I revere him to the correct d…

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Premier League’s richest tighten grip after season of slow-burn stories | Barney Ronay

It was a campaign like no other but the wealthiest still came out on top and the ever-growing gap between the best and the rest is cause for concernWell, we made it then. It was the worst of times. And either side of that, it was also the worst of time…

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Solskjær’s simple plan hints at red dawn for new-look Manchester United | Barney Ronay

The win at Leicester offered few thrills but the no-frills way it clinched Champions League football will do United no harmThey’re back, baby, they’re back. Back with a whimper perhaps, at the end of an edgy, sluggish, winning performance at the King P…

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Solskjær’s simple plan hints at red dawn for new-look Manchester United | Barney Ronay

The win at Leicester offered few thrills but the no-frills way it clinched Champions League football will do United no harmThey’re back, baby, they’re back. Back with a whimper perhaps, at the end of an edgy, sluggish, winning performance at the King P…

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Lonsdale Skinner: ‘Most of the racism came from the committee room’

A county pro for Surrey in the 1970s, Skinner is now chairman of the African Caribbean Cricket Association and is still trying to address exclusion from the structures of powerGuildford cricket club, July 1977, a second XI game between Surrey and Hamps…

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Harry Kane, England’s un-starry superstar, should be loved a little more | Barney Ronay

There has been some talk of new, exciting, more mobile forwards emerging for Gareth Southgate’s side – but the reality is English football has a phenomenon on its handsThere have been many great pictures of Kevin Keegan down the decades, so many it can…

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Manchester City v Uefa final score: New Money 1 Old Money 0 (aet) | Barney Ronay

Overturning their two-year Champions League ban should not be seen as a reason for celebrating in the streets, but this is football so it probably will beIf you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. If there was ev…

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Calm Mason Greenwood can avoid Exciting Teenage Talent implosion | Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s home-produced forward is 18 and scoring for fun. The post-pandemic mini-season is the perfect time to be a teenage prodigyAt times this week it has been tempting, but not that tempting, to feel a bit sorry for Mason Greenwood. Brill…

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Calm Mason Greenwood can avoid Exciting Teenage Talent implosion | Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s home-produced forward is 18 and scoring for fun. The post-pandemic mini-season is the perfect time to be a teenage prodigyAt times this week it has been tempting, but not that tempting, to feel a bit sorry for Mason Greenwood. Brill…

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Calm Mason Greenwood can avoid Exciting Teenage Talent implosion | Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s home-produced forward is 18 and scoring for fun. The post-pandemic mini-season is the perfect time to be a teenage prodigyAt times this week it has been tempting, but not that tempting, to feel a bit sorry for Mason Greenwood. Brill…

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Amateur cricket is back but strict rules mean players will have to do without tea

Matches limited to 30 people to start from SaturdayBatsmen must sanitise their bats once dismissedAnd: play. Four months on from what looked like the mothballing of an entire English summer, the English and Wales Cricket Board has given the go-ahead fo…

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Why Phil Foden won’t be constrained by usual shackles on England players | Barney Ronay

He will do well at Manchester City, but for the national side he represents a genuine point of difference in a midfield too conservative to succeed regularlyThere’s a game you can play that involves listing the most random internet voice to have brough…

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Manchester City serve up football d’escalier, the perfect riposte a little too late | Barney Ronay

City played like princes, made Liverpool gasp for air and handed out a thrillingly fluent, thrillingly pointless 4-0 thrashingThe French have a phrase for things such as this. L’esprit de l’escalier describes that moment on the stairs when you think of…

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A machine at the peak of its power – how Liverpool became champions | Barney Ronay

This was an annihilation. From late summer into spring Klopp’s team seemed to be operating to a different set of physical laws to everyone elseNo asterisks. No caveats. And let’s face it, no contest. For the last few months a theory has been doing the …

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Trent Alexander-Arnold the spark for Liverpool’s thrilling reignition | Barney Ronay

Liverpool and their homegrown poster boy reminded us that it wasn’t a fever dream. They really are that goodWe didn’t imagine it then. The Premier League’s reanimation may have been ghostly, muted, frantic, low-key, and oddly vague. But at Anfield Live…

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Jobs for the boys attitude highights English cricket’s failings on race | Barney Ronay

Those who went on rebel tours to South Africa were welcomed back into the fold in stark contrast to the treatment of their West Indies counterparts who took the Blood RandDoes English cricket have a problem with race? This has become an urgent question…

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Kevin De Bruyne runs the show in Premier League’s successful return

Manchester City’s midfield duke was sublime while Arsenal’s David Luiz had a night to forget at the EtihadWelcome back then, English football. Sport in the time of plague: this was never an easy prospect. In the event the Premier League’s live return w…

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Premier League returns to provide welcome and necessary escapism | Barney Ronay

Liverpool have sewn up the title but for the rest, after three months off, this is a chance to rescue seasons that were driftingWell, here we are again. Fire up the celebration-cam. Unleash the crowd noise algorithm. Daub those exposed extremities with…