MO SALAH and Kevin De Bruyne are many people’s favourites to win the Premier League player of year award this season.

Liverpool star Salah is going head to head with Harry Kane – another contender – for the Golden Boot and 32 goals in 38 appearances is just ridiculous for a winger.


The Egyptian scored again as the Reds beat Newcastle 2-0 and he now has hit as many Prem goals this season (24) as Willian has in his entire five-year Chelsea career.

Just a reminder, former Blues boss Jose Mourinho let Salah leave in favour of the Brazilian.

Manchester City dynamo De Bruyne has been sensational and is set to win his first Prem title – and the one thing he has in common with Salah is both men were discarded by the not-so-Special One.

He would never admit it but privately the Manchester United chief must be kicking himself that he almost dimmed the shining lights of this season’s stand-out performers.

Had he kept them at Stamford Bridge perhaps his second spell with Blues would not have ended so miserably.

But I’m sure the famously stubborn Portuguese’s mind is made up, don’t confuse him with facts.

WHEN a football team repeatedly does something bad then sayings stick.

Think Liverpool fans for decades being taunted with ‘next year will be their year’, or Mourinho teams being routinely accused of ‘parking the bus’ or one disaster after another for the Gunners being dubbed ‘Peak Arsenal’.

Well Gooners need to coin a fresh term because they have taken Peak Arsenal to a whole new level.

In their last three games they have been trounced 3-0 twice by Manchester City, then lost 2-1 at Brighton with their big players Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech in particular having nightmares. 

The Czech keeper tweeted out an apology to fans and held his hands up after the Seagulls shambles.

To be fair when Arsenal signed Cech  his former Chelsea team-mate John Terry did say he’d be worth 12 to 15 points, he didn’t actually specify whether that was plus or minus.

AND finally Martin Glenn is the chief executive of the FA.

He somehow kept his position after the shambles of the Eni Aluko racism row which led to Mark Sampson being axed as the women’s England team manager.

He and colleague Greg Clarke were hauled before a Parliamentary hearing and despite their car-crash performance retained the backing of the FA Board.

This was not even six months ago and Mr Glenn has had to publicly apologise again this week for lumping the Star of David in with swastikas when talking about Pep Guardiola wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians.

It was a deeply insensitive, crass and stupid comparison and has also led to a grovelling personal apology to the Jewish Leadership Council.

How many more chances do we give to a man in such a high profile and privileged position? Personally I think people like him are the reason we’re born with middle fingers.

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