Dele Alli and football’s fickleness personified

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In an unforgiving sport, football’s fickleness and fan entitlement has intensified – both with managers and their players when results or performances don’t match expectations. This weekend’s events saw Tottenham scrape a home draw against Sheffield United, with Dele Alli again a victim of an issue refusing to go away.

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3 Manchester United players who can be Juan Mata’s long-term replacement

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has been at the club for four-and-a-half years now. Signed by David Moyes for £37.5m from Chelsea, the Spanish international has produced excellent creative moments and important goals alike.

However, in recent seasons, his minutes and productivity in the final third have progressively dwindled under Jose Mourinho’s watch and a lack of regular first-team opportunities has posed questions about his future

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