Paul Parker: United are too slow to trouble City
Our analyst tells DAVID LEE why blue will rule the Manchester Derby tonight
MAN UNITED v MAN CITY
(Tonight, 10.05pm, Singtel TV Ch 102 & StarHub TV Ch 227)
It's interesting to observe how both managers are treating their captains in the build-up to tonight's Manchester Derby.
For me, Manuel Pellegrini is showing Louis van Gaal how it should be done.
Pellegrini said that he was not punishing Vincent Kompany by benching his captain for two games after the centre back went against his wishes and played for Belgium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers despite being less than 100 per cent fit.
If you ask me, Pellegrini took it as a sign of disrespect and needed to send out a statement.
And fair play to the Chilean, the team have been winning without Kompany.
Van Gaal, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have the gall to drop Wayne Rooney.
If he has been hauling off the likes of Memphis Depay and Antonio Valencia for not performing, why not Rooney?
We are not seeing any creativity or agility from Rooney.
He is very one-dimensional these days and van Gaal has to leave him out to make him hungry again. Van Gaal has to show his skipper who's boss.
Having said all that, I just can't see how United can beat City tonight even though the game is at Old Trafford.
I can't wear my heart on my sleeve all the time. United will not be able to keep up with City's pace.
The Citizens' forwards are faster than United's backline, their midfielders are quicker than United's, their team just move from end to end a lot quicker and they pass the ball very slickly.
United will have to kill the tempo of the game, stop the game with those niggly professional fouls and hope they can sneak a goal in somehow to beat City.
The only department where United are better than City is in goal.
I love Joe Hart but I think David de Gea is a better goalkeeper who reacts better and makes saves when they matter.
If United are hoping to silence their "noisy neighbours", they have to count on the Spaniard because he is going to be overworked.
City have got eight or nine matchwinners in their team.
Despite missing the injured Sergio Aguero and David Silva, they are still winning matches and they have got more scorers on the pitch than United.
Raheem Sterling looks happy with the free-flowing, attacking football City are playing, while Kevin de Bruyne is thriving with the trust he never got while at Chelsea.
At the back, Nicolas Otamendi is exactly the trustworthy defender United haven't got.
It's worrying to see Phil Jones back in defence with Chris Smalling.
I don't think Jones has convinced anyone in his time with United that he is the successor to Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic.
He is impetuous and has no discipline in that position.
He doesn't seem to realise that you don't have to win the ball or keep barging in all the time to be a good centre back. Good defending also involves shielding and screening.
While City's new signings have settled down, United's look like a mixed bag.
Depay has been the poorest United signing this season by a country mile.
He hasn't proven himself, he's one-dimensional and, if he doesn't change, he won't have a long-term future at United.
Matteo Darmian has done well, but he also needs playing time - United's defence needs continuity and not constant chopping and changing.
Bastian Schweinsteiger needs to show more energy, Morgan Schneiderlin has been quietly efficient and needs more game time.
Anthony Martial has made a big impact but he needs to be playing up front and not on the left wing.
At the end of the day, the buck stops with the manager.
The 3-0 loss to Arsenal on Oct 4 was the worst game I've seen United play since I left them.
They were okay when they beat a poor Everton side 3-0 and they were just unproductive in the 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League in midweek.
Van Gaal has got to be more specific in what he wants to do. Does he want his team to be negative or be more expressive?
There seems to be discontent among his players who are not allowed to express themselves.
When you watch United play, it's like a kids' party without a clown and it's fast turning into a wake.
They are not interesting to watch at all. Van Gaal has to start doing something.
All the talk about possession is a waste of time. The best statistic is not 80-20, but it's 1-0 or 2-0 on the scoreboard.
And tonight, City look the likelier of the two teams to come up with the winning formula.
l Paul Parker is an ex-England and Man United defender who won two EPL titles and earned 19 caps.
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Blame Mourinho for Chelsea freefall
The Sulky One, who has no respect for referees, has clearly lost the respect of his players
WEST HAM 2
(Mauro Zarate 17, Andy Carroll 79)
(Gary Cahill 56)
Chelsea's crisis has officially descended into a full-blown meltdown.
If this proves to be Jose Mourinho's last stand in the English Premier League, he ensured that it would be one bowed out in a blaze of glory.
A man down on the pitch and stripped of their manager and a member of his backroom staff off it in their fifth defeat of the season - owner Roman Abramovich would be well within his rights to consider calling the increasingly beleaguered Portuguese's bluff.
Mourinho does not do walking away; to even entertain it would be a bruising admission of failure on what has been a sparkling managerial CV.
To be pushed rather than jump appears to be his preferred method of downfall at Stamford Bridge.
With the fallen champions in continued freefall, the only person currently appearing weak and naive is the Special One himself.
Embroiled in controversy in both his professional and personal life, his debonair has given way to ill discipline.
His attempt to storm into the referees' room at Upton Park, off-limits to managers, at the interval exposed how low Mourinho has sunk in the space of five months.
Arguments that he is shown no respect by the English press have become null and void when he does not even have respect for football's figures of authority, let alone himself.
Should he miraculously survive the savagery of Abramovich's bear pit, an anticipated stadium ban may actually do more good than harm to Chelsea.
They appeared a calmer and more adventurous prospect in the 45 minutes after Mourinho's snarling presence had disappeared.
Misfortune has provided a key sub-plot to Chelsea's worst start to an EPL campaign for over 15 years.
In a league of narrow margins, Kurt Zouma's disallowed goal by mere millimetres and a Cesc Fabregas offside goal continued that hard-luck story narrative.
But all that has befallen them has been largely by Mourinho's own hand.
The reaction to Nemanja Matic's sending-off, following a second bookable offence, bordered on smug, suggesting that the storm currently engulfing Chelsea is a perfect one for his personal missive.
Stood in the directors' box, his response when Gary Cahill's ultimately futile equaliser bulged the hosts' net was indicative of his current ambivalence.
Where he would previously produced chest-thumping and often incendiary celebrations, he looked on, motionless.
The bond between the manager and his players has been downgraded from a communion to sheer disconnect in Chelsea's rapid fall from grace.
They no longer appear intent on giving heart and soul for the man who strolled them to the title last season.
Mourinho had insisted that the reigning champions be judged in late December, when a "better picture" of the EPL running order can be gauged.
It is a tapestry that see them far removed from it and one that is unlikely to change in the space of the next two months.
Stamford Bridge's current incumbent will not be praying for Christmas this year - he will be very fortunate to see it as things stand.
"You’re getting sacked in the morning! You’re not special any more!"
- West Ham fans predicting Jose Mourinho’s fate during the game
By the numbers
6 Jose Mourinho lost six of his last 12 EPL games as manager. Before this run, he lost six in his previous 64 in the EPL.
LAST NIGHT'S OTHER RESULTS
- Aston Villa 1 Swansea 2
- Leicester 1 Crystal Palace 0
- Norwich 0 West Brom 1
- Stoke City 0 Watford 2
- 8pm: Sunderland v Newcastle
- 10pm: Man United v Man City
- 10pm: Bournemouth v Tottenham
- 12.15am: Liverpool v Southampton
Romance wins on the TVB Awards red carpet
Ladies in love looked extra lovely last night at the StarHub TVB Awards 2015
Looks like being in love really makes one more gorgeous.
Cliche as that sounds, it seems to be the case for the bevy of actresses who turned up the heat at the StarHub TVB Awards 2015, an annual local celebration of the best in Hong Kong television dramas and variety programmes.
Among those who strutted down the red carpet at Marina Bay Sands skating rink last night were Grace Chan, Eliza Sam, Priscilla Wong, Tavia Yeung and Selena Li - all of whom are currently in romantic relationships.
They were charming even though they had left their respective boyfriends back home in Hong Kong - with the exception of Wong. Her actor beau Edwin Siu was at the same event.
Sweet-faced Chan, 24, who made headlines in May when she confirmed her romance with TVB's most eligible bachelor, 46-year-old Kevin Cheng, wore a glittering tiara.
Poised and confident, the 2013 Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant winner flashed her pearly whites and impressed the crowd with her fluent Canadian-accented English, turning red carpet emcee, Singaporean comedian Jeremy Tian, into an instant fanboy.
"When I see pretty girls, I cannot talk. You got to help me ask (Chan) questions," he gushed, as he gestured to his co-emcee Veracia Yong to take over the hosting.
Sam, 30, who was photographed by Hong Kong paparazzi French-kissing her non-celebrity boyfriend in the car earlier this month, oozed elegance in her floor-sweeping peach gown.
Equally captivating were Wong and Li, both effervescently praising Singapore.
Li, 34, who local TV audiences will recognise for her role in popular Channel 5 sitcom Spouse For House, said that whenever she visits Singapore, "it's a holiday for me".
"There are so many great things to eat here," she added with a wide grin.
Wong, also 34, chose to grace the red carpet with actor Tony Hung instead of Siu, her significant other.
The decision was slightly disappointing for fans expecting lovey-dovey action - after all, Wong and Siu have gone public with their relationship for more than a year.
"I'm very impressed with Singapore's Gardens by the Bay," said Wong. "I like how eco-friendly it is."
Veteran actress Tavia Yeung, 36, was a picture of radiance.
Perhaps, it's the magic of love? Yeung has been dating Hong Kong beefcake Him Law for over three years.
"She does look healthier these days," local undergraduate Lee Jie, 20, told The New Paper on Sunday.
A longtime fan of Yeung, Ms Lee has been watching her idol's television dramas for 14 years.
"I don't know (if Yeung's newfound radiance is due to love), but I think she has been getting a lot more rest this year," said Ms Lee.
A total of 33 awards were presented at StarHub TVB Awards 2015 and viewers can catch the delayed telecast on Oct 31 via TVB First (StarHub Ch 860).
It will also be aired on VV Drama (StarHub Ch 855) and E City (StarHub Ch 825) on Nov 7 and Nov 14 respectively.
List of main winners
My Favourite TVB Actress: Liza Wang
My Favourite TVB Actor: Ruco Chan
My Favourite TVB Drama: Captain Of Destiny
Best New TVB Artiste: Grace Chan
My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor: Vincent Wong
My Favourite TVB Supporting Actress: Rosina Lam
Most Improved TVB Artiste: Tracy Chu
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VIDEO: Woman assaulted, robbed in KL condo lift
A woman was attacked and kicked by two men in a Kuala Lumpur condominium lift and robbed of her valuables.
A video of the incident, which was captured on closed-circuit television, has gone viral, The Star reported.
The 24-year-old woman, who wanted to be known only as Ms Lim, lost valuables worth RM8,000 (S$2,630) including two smartphones.
The robbers broke two of her teeth and she also suffered bruises to her chin, back and torso, the report said.
Ms Lim said she was returning to her unit on the eighth storey of Setapak Prima condominium last week when two men followed her into the lift at 11.40pm.
The men are seen in the video chatting with each other while standing behind Ms Lim in the lift. They press the seventh storey button.
One man gestures to the other, pointing to the victim, and then uses his arms to slam her against the metal wall of the lift as the doors open.
The force knocks the accountant onto her back. Then the other man grabs her by the hair and bag and drags her out of the lift.
Ms Lim is seen trying desperately to grab the lift doors but is kicked several times by the men.
Seconds later, the doors reopen to show one of the men counting cash while holding her broken pink purse.
Ms Lim is seen lying motionless on the floor.
The men fled in two separate cars, the police said, adding that checks found the number plates to be fake.
Federal Territories Malaysian Chinese Association chairman Yew Teong Look believes that this could be the work of a syndicate.
"We have passed all the information to the police and we will be following up with them on the case," he was quoted as saying.
Superintendent Mohamad Roy Suhaimi Sarif said police have put out a photofit of the two suspects and are still tracking them.
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Foyce Le Xuan: Optimism was a facade during my battle with breast cancer
Former singer-actress Foyce Le Xuan reveals her struggle with self-esteem while battling breast cancer
She posted about her fight with cancer on Facebook, hoping for support.
Instead some netizens' comments upset former singer-actress Foyce Le Xuan.
This happened in 2013, right after her surgery while she was still in the hospital.
For someone who loved getting her fans' attention on social media platforms, the comments shocked her.
She tells The New Paper on Sunday: "At that time, I thought it was the right thing to do but after seeing comments and even well wishes, it hurt me and made me feel depressed about my state."
She says although she appeared optimistic and energetic, it was all a facade.
She says: "It wasn't the physical pain but the emotional pain that brought me to the lowest point in my life."
Foyce says she found out she had cancer that year after returning from Taiwan where she had been training to become a singer.
While in Singapore, she decided to go for a full-body check-up as she was experiencing abnormal bleeding and irregular periods.
The test reports confirmed that she had two malignant lumps in her right breast. It was then confirmed that she had Stage 1 breast cancer.
The 35-year-old says she has a family history of cancer. Her father was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer when she was 14. That was in 1994. He was the second man to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Singapore.
After treatment, he was declared cancer-free in 2012. (See report on right.)
She says: "Even though my father had breast cancer before and I appeared very strong to several media outlets, the test results were actually a very big blow to me."
Foyce underwent two operations on her right breast.
The first was to remove the lumps and confirm the diagnosis, and the second was a partial mastectomy to remove the remaining cancerous breast tissue.
After these two operations, she subsequently removed the uterine polyps that caused the abnormal bleeding.
She says she struggled with self-esteem issues while undergoing treatment.
She would pile on make-up before friends' visits as she felt like an "ugly duckling" while undergoing hormone therapy - even though she did not lose her hair, as she did not have chemotherapy.
Weight gain and mood swings - side effects of hormone therapy - depressed her further.
Foyce's dream of being a singer in Taiwan has been delayed, but she says she may go back one day.
She is now cancer-free but returns to Mount Elizabeth Hospital for check-ups every three months.
Foyce has been working from home as a fund manager for about two years.
She says: "For now, I like living a carefree lifestyle, but maybe one day I will go back (to Taiwan) when I am ready."
She says throughout her ordeal, her family and circle of friends kept her strong.
It wasn't the physical pain but the emotional pain that brought me to the lowest point in my life.
- Foyce Le Xuan, who was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in 2013