‘Does not seem right’: Leeds fume over shock Tuchel twist; Man Utd face Reds in PL epic: Late Mail
It’s only the third round of the Premier League season, but the new campaign has already delivered some huge storylines – and that’s only set to continue this weekend.
Liverpool travel to Manchester United in the biggest match of the season so far, and one that could have huge consequences for both teams’ campaigns.
But there’s no shortage of other blockbusters around the parks!
LEEDS BOSS ‘DISAPPOINTED’ AS TUCHEL’S BAN SUSPENDED
Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch says he’d be “disappointed” if Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was on the touchline for the fixture between the two sides despite the latter being sent off in the Blues’ clash against Tottenham.
Tuchel and Spurs boss Antonio Conte were both handed their marching orders after the game as a post-match handshake exploded into a fiery clash between the two.
The German was handed a $AUD60k fine and a one-game ban while Conte was hit with a $25k fine but would not face any time away from the dugout.
However, Tuchel’s ban has been suspended, meaning he is free to take to the touchline at Elland Road on Sunday night (AEST).
It’s a decision that would not have gone down well with Marsch, as the American said that Tuchel avoiding the punishment for his red card “did not seem right”.
“He won’t be there, right?” Marsch said.
“Are they saying he might be able to be on the bench? That does not seem right, does it?
“If you get a red card, you are out of the match. I would be disappointed if they allow him to be on the bench.
“There is a simple rule in football. Whether it’s soccer or football, if you get a red card you can’t play the next match.”
UTD ON RED ALERT AHEAD OF CRUCIAL TEST
It’s been an utterly chaotic start to the season for Manchester United. A hodgepodge transfer window; Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer request; protests against the owners and a possible sale: Erik ten Hag has walked into Old Trafford to discover the theatre of dreams is more like a field of landmines.
Bottom of the Premier League ladder for the first time since the inaugural season in ‘92-93. Four straight league losses for the first time since 1979, and seven-straight losses away from home for the first time since 10 on the trot in 1936.
This was meant to be the honeymoon phase for the new Dutch boss – Brighton and promoted Brentford were viewed as relatively easy tests to open the season. Liverpool, it was predicted, would be their true reality check.
Instead, they’re at rock bottom. Defeat to Liverpool would be three in a row at Old Trafford against their bitter rivals for the first time ever – so maybe it’s not rock bottom yet.
Things aren’t rosy for the Reds either. Winless from their first two matches, star signing Darwin Nunez red carded after a brain explosion and suspended for this clash, not to mention injuries galore.