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.

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Rashford - will he stay or will he go?

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Marcus Rashford marched off to a standing ovation from England's fans inside the Stadium Of Light at Sunderland after playing an inspirational role in their win against Australia.

Manchester United's 18-year-old striker made history as the youngest goalscorer on his England debut, netting after only 138 seconds in the 2-1 victory and giving the sort of performance that almost demands inclusion in manager Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for Euro 2016 when it is confirmed on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp, and Jose Mourinho

Fantasy football manager becomes reality

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Jose Mourinho's arrival at Manchester United cements the Premier League's status as the home of the superstar managers.

United, Chelsea and Manchester City will all start next season under new management in the shape of Mourinho, Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge and Pep Guardiola at The Etihad.

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Mourinho's countdown to Man Utd success

Read full article on Jose Mourinho at Manchester United: What are his top priorities at Old Trafford?

Jose Mourinho's appointment as the next Manchester United manager in succession to Louis van Gaal was finally concluded on Friday.

The 53-year-old Portuguese will be charged with bringing back the domestic and European successes of the Sir Alex Ferguson era - plus the sort of winning, exciting football "the Theatre Of Dreams" demands after the boredom of the David Moyes and Van Gaal eras.

Louis Van Gaal

Where did it go wrong for Van Gaal?

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Louis van Gaal called Manchester United "the biggest club in the world" when he was appointed in the summer of 2014 - the sort of bold statement a disillusioned fanbase longed to hear after the nightmare of David Moyes' tenure.

The 64-year-old Dutchman was meant to be the antidote to the Scot, who was out of his depth after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson. He was the big, brash personality who would embrace the scale and stature of the club. A perfect fit.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

What next for Klopp and Liverpool?

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp - drained and coming to terms with the manner in which Sevilla dismantled his team in the Europa League final in Basel - uttered two small sentences of huge significance in the game's inquest.

Klopp had watched powerless as Liverpool collapsed like a house of cards from a lead and a position of superiority to lose 3-1 to Sevilla, squandering the chance of Champions League football next season in the process.

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'A defining game for Klopp's revolution'

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stood in the sunshine in Basel's St Jakob-Park Stadium as his players huddled around him, hanging on his every word.

It was a sign of the hold that the charismatic German has on his Liverpool squad after eight months in charge - and how they have come to believe that every word he tells them carries weight.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy

Why this season was so special

Read full article on Premier League review: Foxes fairytale, stumbling giants and manager mayhem

Leicester City's run to the title captured the world's sporting imagination - but there was plenty going on underneath that main headline to make this the Premier League's most unpredictable season.

If the champions were a surprise package, the collapse of previous holders Chelsea also sent shockwaves throughout the season, along with managers on the move, a parochial relegation fight between north-east of England rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland and a top-four battle that went down to the final day.

Louis van Gaal and Slaven Bilic

Has Van Gaal just blown his big chance?

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Manchester United's coach arrived late at Upton Park amid a hail of bottles from West Ham fans that recalled scenes from football's desperate days of 1970s hooliganism.

It was always going to be a highly charged farewell, after 112 years, to this football bastion of east London and the one consolation was that at least no-one was seriously injured.

Leicester win the Premier League

Leicester lift Premier League trophy

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Leicester City celebrated their coronation as Premier League champions and the first title in their 132-year history with victory over Everton on a day of elation at the King Power Stadium.

This was the Foxes' official homecoming after they won the Premier League on Monday when Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea - and how they celebrated before, during and after the greatest day in the club's history.