How the game went

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WALK ON, VAN GAAL

United boss pleased but sees more room for improvement

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Time to go, Wenger

"We have not dominated many games against United like we did today but we were not efficient enough and made defensive mistakes. We had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we are very disappointed. We were a bit naive." - Arsene Wenger (above) bemoaning Arsenal’s lack of efficiency.

Several years ago, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg played a seniors game in Singapore. The occasion was heartbreaking.

McEnroe adored Borg. It was obvious. He propped him up. One of tennis’ pioneering power hitters faced the last of the wooden-racket warriors. 

McEnroe could have buried his old friend. Instead he carried him. He reined in the power long enough to avoid humiliating Borg.

The modern game had passed Borg by. The same is happening to Arsene Wenger, writes Neil Humphreys.

Watching Wenger in the dying moments of Arsenal’s home defeat by Manchester United yesterday morning (Singapore time) evoked memories of Borg against McEnroe. Everything played out in slow motion.

He was a little too late to react. His decisions were always slightly off. His feel for the game was just out of touch.

The occasion was also heartbreaking.

Wenger must consider walking away at the end of the season to preserve the legacy. Nothing deserves to sully his Arsenal sainthood.

Read the full report in our print edition on Nov 24. 

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Liverpool out-thought, out-fought by Crystal Palace

Once again, Liverpool came unstuck at Selhurst Park. But, unlike last season, this result will genuinely hurt them. 

Much was made of the 3-3 draw in April, the extraordinary collapse that saw Brendan Rodgers' side give up a three-goal lead in the closing stages of the game.

In truth, it made little difference to the destination of the title.

Liverpool lost their grip on the trophy when they were beaten by Chelsea at Anfield. Manchester City were still going to win their last two games. 

Last night's result, in real term, was far worse.

Read the full report in our print edition on Nov 24.

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Ron on course for single-season scoring record

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In a class of his own

Enrique hails Messi after Argentinian becomes all-time top scorer in Spanish football

GREAT: Lionel Messi (top) celebrating with his teammates after setting a new La Liga goalscoring record. 

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Lao scores first win in 7 years

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Best Totheligndelivers at $16

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Dragon dynasty blazes the trail

IN FULL FLIGHT: Dragon Dynasty scoring an easy win second-up with Danny Beasley astride in Race 8 at Kranji yesterday.
"I guess the horse will get over 1,400m and 1,600m later on." - Trainer Brian Dean (above), on Dragon Dynasty
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Spalato beats only one home in HK

But trainer John O'Hara pressing on for the Hong Kong Sprint on Dec 14

PERFECT 10: Outsider Penaphobia winning the Group 2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club race over 1,200m with Douglas Whyte astride at Sha Tin in Hong Kong yesterday.
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