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Manchester United has just one win in their last six Premier League games, and their 4-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday was by far their worst performance of the season. And it would be one thing if it was just a lone bad result, but it's their third out of three against their big rivals. They lost to Manchester City, drew Liverpool 0-0 in an awful game, then this.
The stories that came out of post-match aren't encouraging either. José Mourinho filled his diaper over Antonio Conte celebrating, while Ryan Giggs took issue with United players swapping shirts and joking around after getting obliterated. Oh, and it appears that Eric Bailly has a serious knee injury.
So things are looking very bad for Manchester United right now, for several reasons. But it's worth remembering that they're only six points off the top, they still have a ton of talent, and José Mourinho's never failed to win something in any of his previous five positions. A meltdown might be imminent, but a turnaround seems just as likely.
Goal-mouth scramble of the day
Crawley Town's defenders always had this one under control.
Never worried... ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/SaaZhpYFyL— Crawley Town (@crawleytown) October 24, 2016
In the news
Here's the Ballon d'Or shortlist. It'll be whittled down to three finalists: Messi, Ronaldo, and probably Luis Suárez. (ESPN FC)
Renato Sanches has won the European Golden Boy. (Bundesliga)
The MLS Cup Playoffs bracket has been set. (MLS)
Andrés Iniesta has a knee injury, but wants to return for El Clásico. (Marca)
Moussa Sissoko has been charged with violent conduct and is likely to get a three-game suspension. (The FA)
Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius is now Liverpool's starting goalkeeper. (Guardian)
After a lengthy investigation, it's been determined that selfie celebrations should not be yellow carded. (Bild)
Here's a weird controversy where people are saying Cristiano Ronaldo wanted Real Madrid's winner disallowed for some reason. (AS)
Inter Milan is a mess and their board is arguing about their next coach before they fire the current one. (Football Italia)
You should be reading
Angela Roemelt on RB Leipzig, the culture that enabled them, and brands ruining everything. (Unusual Efforts)
Adam Hurrey on the best soccer-related Wikipedia pages. (The Set Pieces)
Rob Smyth on all-time great comedy goals. (Guardian)
What happened this weekend
Sevilla beat Atlético Madrid to go second in La Liga, and they'll be hanging around to shake things up for a while.
Real Madrid needed a late winner to beat Athletic Bilbao. (Managing Madrid)
And Barcelona had just as tough of a time with Valencia. (Barca Blaugranes)
Here's what happened in the Premier League this weekend.
Highlights of this weekend's MLS games are here. (MLS)
Bayern Munich finally brought their best against 'Gladbach. (Bavarian Football Works)
Dortmund slipped up, but Christian Pulisic won them a point. (Fear The Wall)
AC Milan beat Juventus thanks to two teenage stars.
The USWNT had no problem beating Switzerland. (Stars and Stripes FC)