MICHAEL OWEN: There is clearly one major reason why Alexis Sanchez is choosing Manchester United over Manchester City. Naturally, as a footballer he wants to maximise his earnings but as an attacking player, I’m still surprised he would opt for Jose Mourinho over Pep Guardiola. Mourinho is clearly a phenomenal manager in terms of the trophies he has won. You can’t argue with two Champions Leagues, eight League titles, the Europa League, the Uefa Cup, four domestic cup wins in four countries and the League Cup four times.
MICHAEL OWEN: At times it can feel that the culture of ‘the ends justifying the means’ is suffocating football. Teams can do whatever it takes tactically to win a game. Premier League teams — even those with talented players — seem to be increasingly sitting back and trying to nick a goal rather than create a winning spectacle. Which is why we should all enjoy Manchester City’s visit to Anfield on Sunday and relish the two coaches in charge. Both have had their critics defensively.