The game got off to a frenetic start with the home side taking the lead after just six minutes through Marcus Rashford’s strike.Jesse Lingard dispossessed Davinson Sanchez in a dangerous area, the ball falling to Rashford who beat Paulo Gazzaniga at the near post.And moments later, Mourinho inadvertently found himself in the thick of the action when a flying challenge from Harry Winks led to Mourinho taking a knock. Can Mourinho get one over on his former club? Winks was yellow-carded for this challenge on James Mourinho was fine to continue the game!Winks clattered into Man United winger Daniel James, who could not help but crash straight into Mourinho. The Spurs boss was briefly limping on his right leg but James was in a worse state, needing attention from the club’s physio for some moments before being allowed to continue.Spurs hit back shortly before half-time through the man of the moment Dele Alli’s well-taken strike but it was not enough as Manchester United scored a second half penalty to win the match.Harry Winks is booked for sending Daniel James crashing into Jose Mourinho…The Spurs manager with an early injury! 🤕#MUNTOT pic.twitter.com/FQgE3vFkxA— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) December 4, 2019 Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford did not end as planned as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.The Portuguese manager was at Man United’s home ground for the first time as a manager since he was sacked as Red Devils boss in December 2018.
“It’s hard to get the ball in the air. I know our intent wasn’t to put the ball on the ground and create soft contact, but … he’s done a good job against us. So when we do see him, obviously, we’ve got to make an adjustment.”His cutter, which darts inside against right-handed hitters and results in broken bats and weak contact, has become a potent enough weapon that he now throws it close to 50 percent of the time. But when asked if that pitch might have saved his career, Miley wouldn’t go that far.“Throwing strikes, I think, saved my career more than cutters – just being able to throw pitches in the zone,” he said. “Obviously the cutter has been a big pitch for me, but if I didn’t locate it I don’t think it would be all that great. (It’s) just being able to command the baseball again.”Part of fixing that was mental, part mechanical. A year ago in 30 starts with Baltimore, Miley led the American League with 93 walks in 157-1/3 innings, 5.3 per nine innings. In his 16 regular-season starts with the Brewers this season, he walked 27 in 80-2/3 innings, a more manageable 3.0 ratio. He talked of having a hard time repeating his delivery last year and spending “a lot of time trying to clean my mechanics up.”There are, of course, no guarantees when you come to camp on a minor league contract. But Miley said Manager Craig Counsell and his staff assured him after he got hurt that he was in their rotation plans, and they convinced him to stick around and rehab for six weeks on a minor league contract.Even so, Counsell said, Miley has exceeded expectations.Related Articles The Dodgers, as you probably have heard by now, love home runs. Can’t live without them; counting the postseason, they’re 81-46 in games in which they’ve homered, 15-28 when they haven’t. Miley, a 31-year-old lefty, specializes in soft contact and ground-ball outs (a ratio of 1.67 ground outs to fly outs this season), just the sort of traits that can frustrate a team of big swingers.He has faced the Dodgers three times this season. The first was July 20, shortly after coming off the 60-day disabled list; Miley allowed four hits and an unearned run in six innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.The second was 11 days later in Los Angeles, and the line was similar: Seven innings, two hits, no runs, two walks and five strikeouts.The third was Saturday: two hits and three strikeouts and nothing else in 5-2/3 innings in Game 2 of the NLCS. He might have gotten away with a victory, and the Brewers with a 2-0 series lead, if not for Jeremy Jeffress’ bum luck in leaving a splitter in Justin Turner’s hitting zone in the eighth inning.“I know he’s had his way with us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Miley. “There’s (the) pitching to soft contact, keeping the ball down. He’s got a cutter that he uses a lot more than he did in years past to right-hand hitters. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — The man who could be the Dodgers’ kryptonite took quite the unconventional path to get here.Wade Miley wasn’t expected to be here, preparing to pitch Wednesday’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was looking for work last winter after a frustrating 2017 season with the Baltimore Orioles. He landed with the Brewers on a minor league contract just before spring training in February, and actually started the season in Double-A on a rehab assignment, after suffering a groin injury in the spring. And after briefly returning to the majors in May and suffering an oblique strain that landed him back on the DL, his season didn’t really get going until July.There were few expectations from the outside. But Miley had reinvented himself. A cutter he hardly threw until late in the 2016 season became his out pitch, and he rediscovered the joy of throwing strikes consistently.And so Wednesday afternoon Miley will share a mound with Clayton Kershaw, a slightly more accomplished left-hander, but he’ll be armed with the knowledge that his strength matches up precisely with a Dodgers weakness. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Obviously (he’s) a player who’s been a staple in rotations for multiple years and with multiple teams,” he said. “He was coming off a difficult season.“In Wade’s case, this is a guy that’s had enough success that (it’s evident) success is in there. And talent is there. Experience is there. Wade had made some adjustments, and I think (pitching coach) Derek Johnson has done a really nice job with Wade … He’s really pitching as well as he’s ever pitched at this point, with different stuff.”This is new territory for Miley, who broke in with the Diamondbacks as a September call-up in 2011 and has made 216 regular-season starts with Arizona, Boston, Seattle, Baltimore and Milwaukee.Until Game 3 of the NLDS against Colorado, he had never pitched in a postseason game. And Wednesday will be the first time he’s pitched on three days’ rest.“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”Are the [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter