Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

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 France, 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 has been included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Alli

Can 'stodgy, negative' Spurs summon another European miracle?

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Tottenham Hotspur are no strangers to Champions League miracles after the exploits in Amsterdam that took them to last season's final - now they need another one to overcome RB Leipzig in this last 16 tie.

Jose Mourinho colourfully claimed Son Heung-min's broken arm had left them weakened and like a man clinging perilously to a fourth-floor balcony by his fingertips.

Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer celebrates

‘Man Utd right in race for top four - somehow’

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's trip to Chelsea on Monday began with a familiar voice ringing in his ears as Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola delivered another stinging rebuke in his direction about the French midfielder's future.

The Pogba saga has been a permanent backdrop to Solskjaer's Old Trafford reign - so it will have made a vital victory at Stamford Bridge even sweeter as it pushed football back to the top of his and Manchester United's agenda.

Jack Grealish

'Time for Grealish to make England breakthrough'

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Jack Grealish was the central figure in a battle of loyalties between the Republic of Ireland and England before finally settling on his international future - now is the time for Gareth Southgate to give him the chance to show what all the fuss was about.

It was as far back as September 2015 when Grealish confirmed he wanted to represent England and since then a number of factors, including dropping into the Championship with Aston Villa, have kept him on the margins of Southgate's plans.

Mo Salah celebrates

'Liverpool celebrations symbolic & moment of release'

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The growing certainty that the pain of 30 years without a league title will be relieved within weeks is something Liverpool have clearly been trying to keep a lid on - but the explosion of joy around Anfield in the closing seconds of victory over Manchester United sounded like the moment of release.

The Premier League title race has been over for weeks, no matter how many words of caution came out of Liverpool or how many messages of defiance came from the direction of Manchester City and Leicester City.

David Moyes

'Moyes has point to prove after West Ham climbdown'

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David Moyes returns to West Ham announcing "it feels great to be home" - although his previous time in residence encompassed only six months and 31 games.

The 56-year-old Scot is back at the club on an 18-month contract with a point to prove and a large helping of humble pie being served up in the West Ham boardroom.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

'Arteta's homecoming transformed into wake'

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Mikel Arteta made the painful discovery that Arsenal's old habits die as hard as his homecoming party was transformed into a wake in a matter of four painful minutes.

Arteta, returning to Arsenal as manager after retiring as a player with the club in May 2016 and just two weeks after watching from the away bench as former club Manchester City destroyed the Gunners here, made a low-key entrance.

Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson

'Liverpool confirm 30-year wait is coming to an end'

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Liverpool will not say it - there have been too many near misses and false dawns in the 30 years since their last title win to place temptation in fate's path.

The lockdown started moments after Jurgen Klopp's side produced arguably their finest performance of the season to overwhelm their nearest challengers Leicester City to go 13 points clear in the Premier League with a game in hand.

Freddie Ljungberg

Lifeless Arsenal are heading south

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Mikel Arteta's pained expression, caught on camera as he watched Manchester City embarrass and dismantle Arsenal, could be interpreted in a variety of ways by the cynics.

Pep Guardiola's highly regarded assistant could have been frustrated by Manchester City's failure to add to the tally that gave them a 3-0 half-time lead - or maybe he had let his mind wander to the horror that might await him should he become Arsenal's preferred target to succeed sacked Unai Emery.

Marco Silva

Silva sacking a blow for Everton's Moshiri

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Everton's decision to sack manager Marco Silva will not only be the catalyst for further turbulence at Goodison Park - it represents a heavy blow to the personal credibility of billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri.

The club's majority shareholder made Silva a personal pet project, starting with an acrimonious pursuit of the 42-year-old Portuguese when he was at Watford after the Toffees dismissed Ronald Koeman in October 2017.

Everton manager Marco Silva looks downcast on the touchline

Will VAR call time on Silva's reign at Everton?

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Marco Silva's measured tones disguised the inner turmoil he must surely have felt after VAR inflicted the cruellest of cuts on an Everton manager who appears to be surviving on a game-to-game basis.

Silva will have glanced up at the clock at the King Power Stadium as the board showing three minutes of stoppage time went up - three minutes away from a draw with title-chasing Leicester City that could have provided respite, albeit briefly.