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September 30, 2019

High Press Soccer Podcast with Diego Maradona Documentary Director Asif Kapadia

High Press 10 September 30, 2019

HBO’s Diego Maradona documentary premiere’s Tuesday, October 1st at 9pm ET.

The documentary is directed by Academy Award winner Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna). Produced by Bill Simmons (among others), it’s being hailed as one of the greatest sports documentaries ever made.

High Press Soccer was fortunate to catch up with Asif to discuss the critically-acclaimed doc on Monday.

Tyler Everett leads the way in this special edition of the High Press Soccer Podcast. Listen below or subscribe and download via the Apple Podcast Center.

Listen to “High Press Soccer Podcast Episode 28: Diego Maradona Director Asif Kapadia” on Spreaker.

Manchester United Player Ratings vs Arsenal (Premier League Matchday 7)

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Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw against  Arsenal in the Premier League’s marquee fixture for matchday 7.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side look revitalized in a rainy night at Old Trafford, taking the fight to Arsenal in the early minutes. The game lost its after a lively start, but ended in thunderous fashion with David De Gea making a double-save before Scott McTominay finished off a counter-attack with a fantastic strike to give his side the lead in the 45th minute. 

Arsenal went hard for the equalizer after the break and got it in the 58th when a defensive error allowed Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to score his 8th goal this season. The game opened up after that with chances for both side, but neither could take them. Splitting points helps Arsenal get back into the top-four, while United are now on 10th place!

Manchester United Player Ratings

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (5.0) –

OGS is making me lose patience by showcasing blind faith on consistently underperforming players like Lingard, Young and Pereira. This was the perfect opportunity for an in-form Mason Greenwood to prove himself, but he was brought on late on.

The once-great substitute still can’t get his changes in order. Even though United’s counter-attacks are lethal under him, they still lack shape and order going forward. The pressure mounts with no win in two league games.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea (6.5) –

DDG’s distribution looks off today, but isn’t helped by skitty surface at a wet Old Trafford. Makes a routine dived save off Pepe in the 35th.  A terrific double save to keep the game-level, denying Saka and then Guendouzi brilliantly off the rebound. Helpless for the goal, but DDG’s regained his confidence in goal.

Defenders

Axel Tuanzebe (5.5) –

A surprise inclusion at left-back of all places, he’s proved his worth maintaining a composed nature. A clever run forward before the 10th minute incurred delightful jeers. Super work in the 18th to cut off Chambers and stop a tricky attack.

 Displayed impressive confidence throughout with strong challenges, but makes that one vital mistake with a botched pass leading to Aubameyang’s equalizer. Looks a bit rattled after that. Not suited for a wing-back role despite defensive strength.

Harry Maguire (6.5) –

Maguire looks pumped for this big battle already. He’s made a few decent clearances including one decisive one in the 6th to steer Pogba forward. Struck a wild header to create an early chance, but Rashford couldn’t read his attempt.  A master in the air today, winning every aerial thrown at him. 

Unlucky playing Aubameyang on for the goal, but he almost redeemed that forcing a solid stop from Leno in the 72nd with a thunderous shot.

Victor Lindelof (6.0)-

Victor has his job cut out for him with Aubameyang flanking around him. But he’s done well to keep him quiet so far throughout the first half-hour, making some composed challenges as well. Lost track of Torreira in the 51st, but thankfully saw him botch his shot from range. 

Couldn’t salvage Tuanzebe’s pass leading to the equalizer, but did make a crucial block to skim Saka’s shot forward minutes later.

Ashley Young (4.5) –

Young’s first game as a right-back this season isn’t going well as expected. A horrifying botched cross early up summed why he’s been replaced with Wan-Bissaka in the first place. Repeatedly getting outsmarted by a guy nearly half his age in Saka. Had one good set-piece header over by McTominay, but defensive clueless against pace. Crosses overhit as usual. 

Midfielders

Paul Pogba (5.0) –

Returning from injury with a brand new hairstyle, he’s already frustrated with a few sloppy passes in the early minutes. Tried a fancy flick forward in the 20th but ended up wasting an opportunity. Another shoddy botched one-two touch sparking a counter-attack in the 34th

Finally wakes up in 43rd to win possession and spark a counter-attack, but sees his peach-perfect through-ball to Rashford wasted.  Sees his attempted curler go agonizingly wide at the 64th. Despite minute moments of brilliance, The Frenchman had another under-par performance. 

 Scott McTominay (8.0) –

McTominay seems chuffed in a battle against the energetic Guendouzi. Done well to oust the Frenchman on a few occasions in the early minutes. The Scotsman is working his socks off to win possession, make recoveries and get United forward.

Says “I’ll do it myself” by bolting a thunderous shot into the top bin to finish off an impressive counter-attack just before half-time. Nearly restored his side’s parity in the 69th, but his header just went over. Kept roaring forward and created an esteemed scoring opportunity in the 90th earning a promising free-kick which was saved. 

Andreas Pereira (5.5) –

He’s hard-working as ever but him at looks like a fish out of water on the right-wing. Well, he seems intent on proving me wrong as he channels his inner-Ronaldo to drive forward, do a step-over and force a strong save from Leno in the 28th.  Adrenaline forced a sloppy slide to take out Guendouzi in the 32nd to earn a yellow. 

Terrible slip before half-time almost echoed disaster, but De Gea saves his blushes. Wastes a promising counter-attack in the 56th after being found brilliantly by his keeper. Skies the ball to the top-tier a minute later.  Ran out of energy forcing a substitution. 

Forwards

Marcus Rashford (5.5) –

Surprise inclusion after last weekend’s injury, but Rashford looks packed with pace and intent so far. Yet to fine-tuned finishing, scuffing an unpredictable chance early on from yards out. Booked for an unnecessary slide on Sokratis in the 27th.

Missed a decisive chance after going through in the 42nd, but somewhat redeems himself with assist for McTominay’s goal. Finally got a free-kick right with thunderbolt in stoppage time, but Leno kept it out heroically. Showed more intent as the game progressed, but still lacking clinical touch. 

Daniel James (6.0) – 

James is going to run at Chambers all-day today. Already showcased his flash-like electricity going past him on some occasions. Got the right-back booked cleverly in the 10th and will now torment him even more. Influential in creating goal, with his insane run forward responsible for destabilizing Arsenal’s defence.

Turned Arsenal defenders inside out in second period with confident running. 

Jesse Lingard (4.0)

Only starting because of his good record against Arsenal, Lingard’s already infuriated with a childish error. Worked hard to thunder his way past a few bodies in the 68th to get into the box, but booked immediately afterwards for a lunge. Created nothing. No shots on target. Still goalless in 2019.

Substitutions

Mason Greenwood (N/A) –

Throwing Greenwood in for the final fifteen minutes and expecting an impact is unfair. He made some clever passes and tried some shots, but to no avail.

Fred (N/A)- 

Fred coming on allowed Pogba to go forward, but that didn’t help anyone. Did little himself to force anything.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Scott McTominay was THE driving force for United today. He dribbled with a swagger, played promising forward balls, intercepted possession and made numerous recoveries. Stunning goal to top off a delightful performance. Let down by team-mates today.

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