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.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola with Raheem Sterling after the FA Cup win over Watford

‘Man City show hallmark of true greatness’

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Manchester City's historic FA Cup final win was almost swamped by the glowing list of statistics piling up around them - but nothing can disguise the scale of this achievement and the brilliance of Pep Guardiola's team.

The club once loftily dismissed as "noisy neighbours" by then-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed they now exert a domestic dominance that speaks eloquently on their behalf with a crushing, brutal 6-0 dismissal of Watford in the final at Wembley.

Pep Guardiola is thrown into the air by his Manchester City players

‘A title triumph as much about grit as quality’

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Manchester City let Liverpool dream for 83 seconds before slamming the door shut on any possibility that the last day of the Premier League season would provide one final dramatic twist in the tale.

This was the time it took for Sergio Aguero to put Manchester City level after Glenn Murray had stunned the visiting fans basking in glorious Sussex sunshine in Brighton's Amex Stadium. And for the moment to arrive when this compelling battle for the title finally swung decisively in City's favour.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson

Liverpool survive night laced with danger

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The Premier League title race deserves to go the final kick of this relentless, spectacular confrontation between Liverpool and Manchester City. It will now do exactly that after Jurgen Klopp's side showed heart, nerve and resilience to prevail against Newcastle on a thunderous night on Tyneside.

With the margins in this titanic title battle so thin all season, this is the first round of matches where the destination of the Premier League trophy could have been decided. So, with the pressure at its most acute, the question of who would blink first loomed large over Jurgen Klopp's side at St James' Park.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

'Messi a force too powerful for Liverpool'

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Liverpool lived with Barcelona and Lionel Messi for 75 minutes of this Champions League semi-final first leg - then discovered there is a force too powerful to resist.

Jurgen Klopp's side may have trailed to Liverpool old boy Luis Suarez's first-half goal, but in all other aspects they were in control and looking like taking a very presentable result back to Anfield next week.

Daley Blind celebrates Ajax's victory over Tottenham

'Don't rule out Spurs - but Ajax deal in brutal reality'

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino called on the unlikely spirit of Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyear to inspire Spurs' Champions League quest - only to run straight into a brilliant young Ajax side who deal in brutal reality, not Hollywood fantasy.

"To infinity and beyond," announced Pochettino before Spurs' first Champions League semi-final. But it is the Dutch league leaders who look like nothing is out of their reach as they left Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a crucial 1-0 advantage.

Pep Guardiola and David Silva

'Man City edging fine margins in title race'

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Manchester City are currently edging a Premier League title race that is being decided by the merest of moments and the finest of margins - and on Sunday just 29.51mm was the difference between being title favourites and potentially blowing the race entirely.

It is symbolic of the magnificent battle between City and Liverpool that the difference between the two sides can be measured in millimetres - but more importantly, right now, by the single point that separates them after Pep Guardiola's side ground out a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

Raheem Sterling and Paul Pogba

'Man City show gulf in class over Man Utd'

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Manchester City made 'The Theatre Of Dreams' a house of pain for Manchester United as they brutally demonstrated the gulf between a modern, upwardly mobile club and one in a state of disrepair.

Old Trafford's leaking roof, the result of a pre-match thunderstorm, was almost symbolic of the current condition of United as City - once airily dismissed as "the noisy neighbours" by Sir Alex Ferguson - brutally emphasised their vast superiority with a punishing performance to take a measure of control in the Premier League title race.

Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola

'Gripping and nervy in a different way'

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Manchester City and Tottenham delivered an all-time classic in the Champions League on Wednesday night. It gave this Premier League sequel an impossible act to follow.

Yet, even though it was settled by teenager Phil Foden's early header as opposed to the goal-laden European encounter, this was gripping, nervy and engrossing in its own way within the context of the title and top four.

Spurs player celebrate

'Spurs silence doubters on night not to be forgotten'

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Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola were so overcome by the nerve-shredding tension of this night that their only answer was to start shedding clothes.

Tottenham boss Pochettino's trademark black coat was hurled amid the drama of Raheem Sterling's disallowed injury-time strike while Manchester City counterpart Guardiola emerged from the same melee minus his stylish grey cardigan.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba

'The baby-faced assassin must be ruthless'

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Manchester United's last trophy arrived with a routine Europa League final triumph over Ajax in Stockholm two years ago. Events in Barcelona and Turin on Tuesday showed how times have changed.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's fifth defeat in eight matches saw United outclassed by Barcelona in the Nou Camp, while Ajax evoked the grandest traditions of the Amsterdam academy to beat Juventus on their own turf and deservedly reach the Champions League's last four.