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#talking point

# talking-point - Friday 15 February, 2019

Don't blame Sarri and Solskjaer if things don't work out for them - the problems are elsewhere

Chelsea and Manchester United meet in the FA Cup on Monday night, with both managers facing tough questions.

# talking-point - Friday 8 February, 2019

Everton must take some blame as beleaguered Marco Silva returns to Watford

The Portuguese has endured a sharp fall in popularity, but some of it is his club’s fault.

# talking-point - Friday 1 February, 2019

Anfield's anxiety shows Klopp's biggest opponent could be Liverpool's history

Liverpool ended the midweek fixtures better off than they had been beforehand, although that wasn’t evident judging by the crowd reactions on Wednesday.

# talking-point - Monday 21 January, 2019

What is going on at Chelsea?

Maurizio Sarri claimed his side were ‘mentally weak’ following the loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

# talking-point - Friday 18 January, 2019

It's time for Unai Emery to bring Ozil back in from the cold

For how much longer can Emery ignore his highest-paid player?

# talking-point - Sunday 13 January, 2019

Why Paul Pogba has looked transformed under Ole Gunnar Solskjær

The France international’s sublime pass created the only goal in Man United’s win.

# talking-point - Sunday 16 December, 2018

Is Roy Keane a good pundit? Analysis This post contains videos

Is Roy Keane a good pundit?

The former Ireland assistant boss made a rare Sky Sports appearance for Sunday’s Liverpool-Man United fixture.

# talking-point - Friday 14 December, 2018

The Raheem Sterling saga is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Premier League's racism problems

Intolerance has been inextricably linked with top-level football for years.

# talking-point - Friday 7 December, 2018

Is Jose Mourinho's management style out of date?

Man United are already 16 points behind rivals City, while a top-four spot is looking increasingly improbable.

# talking-point - Saturday 1 December, 2018

Marcus Rashford the sole bright spark amid another lacklustre Man United display

The 21-year-old England international assisted both goals before being taken off by Jose Mourinho.

# talking-point - Friday 30 November, 2018

More than derby day bragging rights on the line for Liverpool at Anfield

There are three derbies down for decision in the Premier League on Sunday.

# talking-point - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

2018 will be remembered as the year when Ireland's footballers became unwatchable

Martin O’Neill’s side have scored just four goals over the past 12 months.

# talking-point - Thursday 15 November, 2018

Why Glenn Whelan should be a role model to footballers everywhere

The Irish midfielder is set to represent his country for the last time against Northern Ireland tonight.

# talking-point - Monday 12 November, 2018

Man City already one of the best Premier League teams ever, but are their achievements tainted?

Pep Guardiola’s side have been criticised for their ignorance of Financial Fair Play rules.

# talking-point - Friday 9 November, 2018

Explosive City allegations overshadow Manchester derby

A four-part Der Spiegel report has accused the club of knowingly deceiving Uefa and breaking Financial Fair Play rules.

# talking-point - Friday 2 November, 2018

It's time for more Premier League footballers to start following Juan Mata's example

On week when Raheem Sterling reportedly agreed a new £300,000-a-week deal, more focus needs to be put on how the sport spends its vast sums.

# talking-point - Friday 26 October, 2018

Is Mauricio Pochettino doing the best job of all the Premier League managers?

The Spurs boss has led his side to their best-ever Premier League start.

# talking-point - Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Is Romelu Lukaku really the answer to Man United's problems?

The Belgian striker has had a mixed time since joining the Red Devils.

# talking-point - Friday 19 October, 2018

Jose Mourinho bids to avoid equalling David Moyes-era record

The Red Devils are facing a formidable run of games in the coming weeks.

# talking-point - Wednesday 17 October, 2018

Sacking Martin O'Neill would be a short-term solution to a long-term problem

The ultimate results manager has overseen a run of just one victory in his last nine matches.

# talking-point - Sunday 14 October, 2018

Have the Irish public fallen out of love with the national team?

There were pockets of empty seats for Ireland’s game with Denmark at the Aviva Stadium last night.

# talking-point - Sunday 16 September, 2018

Alex Scott a breath of fresh air to Sky Sports' football coverage Talking Point This post contains videos

Alex Scott a breath of fresh air to Sky Sports' football coverage

The ex-Arsenal defender has been integrated in the station’s Premier League punditry this season.

# talking-point - Friday 7 September, 2018

Bold, youthful Wales blow away lumbering Ireland

In contrast with the Boys in Green’s largely predictable line-up, the Welsh side had a fresh look about it.

# talking-point - Thursday 6 September, 2018

Can Ireland afford to lose Harry Arter?

The Cardiff midfielder was a conspicuous absence from the Boys in Green’s latest squad amid speculation that he may never play for his country again.

# talking-point - Friday 31 August, 2018

Tottenham look better-placed to mount title challenge despite lack of summer signings

Spurs face this season’s early surprise package Watford on Sunday, with both clubs on maximum points.

# talking-point - Tuesday 28 August, 2018

Manchester United are the antithesis of what they once were

Jose Mourinho’s side were beaten 3-0 by Tottenham last night to increase pressure on the embattled manager.

# talking-point - Saturday 18 August, 2018

Arsenal fans starting to realise life post-Wenger not all it's cracked up to be

The Gunners have begun the season in disappointing fashion, losing their opening two fixtures.

# talking-point - Friday 10 August, 2018

After 3 years of injuries and frustration, is Luke Shaw finally ready to make his mark?

The talented defender has not always been first choice under Mourinho at United.

# talking-point - Thursday 28 June, 2018

Talk of England benefiting from Belgium loss disrespectful to World Cup rivals

Elements of the media have suggested a defeat would help Gareth Southgate’s side.

# talking-point - Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Can Lionel Messi save Argentina from themselves? Talking Point This post contains videos

Can Lionel Messi save Argentina from themselves?

The Barcelona star scored one of the goals of the tournament tonight, but his team were unconvincing.

# talking-point - Sunday 10 December, 2017

Analysis: Is Paul Pogba overrated or underrated?

The midfielder is suspended for today’s Manchester derby. Will his absence be felt?

# talking-point - Sunday 23 October, 2016

This dodgy penalty decision has put Dundalk's title party on ice

It’s 1-1 at half-time in Oriel Park.

# talking-point - Saturday 15 October, 2016

Leinster's centres impress, scrum dominance and more talking points

Leo Cullen will expect a more clinical edge in the opposition 22.

# talking-point - Thursday 6 October, 2016

From TheJournal.ie "We spend mind-boggling amounts of public money on the Irish language. Cén fáth?" Opinion This post contains a poll

"We spend mind-boggling amounts of public money on the Irish language. Cén fáth?"

All-Gaeilge road signs in tourist areas; a fortune spent on translations for legislation drafted in English – Eoin Butler on why we need to talk about Irish.

# talking-point - Monday 16 May, 2016

Offaly victory means so much, Fermanagh suffer 'power cut': Championship talking points

The Faithful county ended their nine-year losing run in Leinster with victory over Longford in Tullamore yesterday.

# talking-point - Monday 2 May, 2016

Shanahan coolly delivers, the dawning of a great rivalry — Monday's hurling talking points

Plus we examine the positives and negatives for both sides after that draw at Semple Stadium.

# talking-point - Thursday 30 April, 2015

Harry Arter: 'No point in Grealish choosing Ireland because he feels he has to'

The Bournemouth midfielder once had a similar decision to make.

# talking-point - Monday 17 November, 2014

Opinion: In defence of Roy Keane and the countless 'distractions'

The Ireland assistant boss is in the headlines again after a tense media showdown at the weekend.

# talking-point - Monday 10 November, 2014

Opinion: Pochettino under fire but Tottenham flops are most to blame

The Argentine came in for criticism from fans following another dismal display in the 2-1 defeat to Stoke City

# talking-point - Friday 29 August, 2014

Twitter reacts to Lee Keegan's ban getting overturned

The site largely approved of the decision to discount the player’s red card from last weekend’s Kerry-Mayo clash.

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