Phil McNulty

Chief football writer, BBC Sport

Analysis and opinion from our chief football writer

About Phil

Phil has covered football on regional and national newspapers since... Read more about Phil McNulty the late 80s and has been BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer since July 2000.

He has covered World Cups for the BBC in Japan and South Korea, Germany and South Africa as well as European Championships in Portugal and Poland and Ukraine.

Born in Liverpool, Phil attended De La Salle Grammar School which later had England striker Wayne Rooney as its most famous ex-pupil.

Phil's main brief is covering the Premier League, England and the Champions League and he can also be heard giving his analysis on BBC Radio 5 live, Radio Four and the World Service.

He was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Can 'boring' Man Utd win the title?

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Manchester United missed the chance to go top of the Premier League after another colourless display from Louis van Gaal's side earned a point at Leicester City on Saturday.

United remain in third place behind Manchester City and Leicester - but are they betraying recent Old Trafford traditions with their conservative approach, and can they seriously expect to mount a title challenge playing in this manner?

How Klopp is changing Liverpool

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When Liverpool appointed Jurgen Klopp as successor to Brendan Rodgers, it was regarded as a powerful statement of intent. Two statements made since by the new manager carry even more weight.

Liverpool looked like a team that had lost its identity and inspiration under Brendan Rodgers, a manager who had almost won their first title in 24 years only 18 months before his dismissal.

'Wembley sends a powerful message'

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Wembley's giant arch was bathed in the blue, white and red of the Tricolore, the flag itself was stretched out across the turf while a giant mosaic in France's national colours decorated one end of the stadium.

The friendly played out between England and France carried no competitive relevance - but on a scale of global significance it was impossible to overstate its meaning.

'England played like FA Cup minnows'

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England's unbeaten run stretched back 17 months to the damp day in Sao Paulo when two goals from Luis Suarez gave Uruguay victory and sent Roy Hodgson's side out of the World Cup.

The stroll through 10 straight victories in Euro 2016 qualifying was commendable and offered warmth - but the cold shower inevitably came with the best opposition they have faced since that nadir in Brazil.

The end of the road for Mourinho?

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Chelsea's meeting with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge was billed as the game manager Jose Mourinho must not lose if he wanted to keep his job.

Now, after a 3-1 defeat that sent Chelsea towards the bottom of the Premier League after their sixth loss in 11 games and left Liverpool fans singing "you're getting sacked in the morning", the grim statistics and questions are piling up around Mourinho.

Did Sherwood deserve the sack?

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It was only six months ago that Tim Sherwood's bristling positivity and heart-on-his-sleeve approach saw him portrayed as the manager who revitalised Aston Villa.

Sherwood himself claimed Liverpool had been "bamboozled" by Villa's tactics in their 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over the firm favourites at Wembley in April - this was to prove the high point of his short reign as he was sacked on Sunday after only 28 games.

First glimpse of full-throttle Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp was all smiles as a hectic first week as Liverpool manager ended with a creditable draw at Tottenham.

The 48-year-old former Borussia Dortmund coach has been received by adulation bordering on hysteria since replacing sacked Brendan Rodgers - but now it was time to get down to the football.

Who will start for England at Euros?

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England manager Roy Hodgson has been able to turn his attention to Euro 2016 since qualification was assured with victory in San Marino.

Hodgson may have his team for the first group game in France fixed firmly in his mind - but fluctuations of form and fitness may paint a very different picture in June.

How did O'Neill's heroes defy odds?

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Northern Ireland ended 30 years of waiting to rejoin football's elite after qualifying for Euro 2016 with victory over Greece at a Windsor Park stadium awash with emotion.

Manager Michael O'Neill and his unsung squad have battled against the odds to reach their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico - and their first European Championship finals.

Biggest challenges for new Reds boss

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Liverpool fully expect to have a new manager in place by the time they play their next match at Tottenham after Brendan Rodgers was sacked on Sunday night.

Owners Fenway Sports Group hope this will be 48-year-old former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, who is their top choice ahead of three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti.