Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho appears to have begun his mind games after he aimed a dig at Antonio Conte following his recent comments.
The Blues manager recently cited that he would like to avoid a ‘Mourinho’ season at Chelsea as he looks to keep hold of his position for the long-term. Chelsea finished a lowly 10th during the 2015/16 season where Jose Mourinho was sacked midway through the campaign, and the Special One replied to the Italian in a slightly different fashion.
Following United’s 3-0 friendly win over Valerenga in Oslo, Mourinho admitted that he was not annoyed by the recent remark, but he took a subtle dig at Conte’s restored hairline suggesting that he won’t be losing any hair speaking about the Blues head coach, he said:”I don’t know,” he said.”I could answer in many different ways but I’m not going to lose my hair to speak about Antonio Conte.”
United clinched yet another win in an impressive pre-season with Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Scott McTominay getting on the scoresheet, and with a friendly against Sampdoria left, the manager is content with the club’s preparations, he added: Continue reading
Manchester United are willing to part ways with Ander Herrera to Barcelona, should they receive Jordi Alba in a straight exchange deal.
The 27-year-old had a top season with the Red Devils last term as they celebrated an EFL Cup and Europa League double under Jose Mourinho. As a result, the Spaniard was named the club’s Player of the Season as he put in a real shift in central midfield alongside veteran Michael Carrick.
Spanish outlet Don Balon claims that the Mancunian giants could end their association with Herrera with the midfielder yet to extend his contract beyond next season. New Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde worked alongside Herrera for a single campaign(Athletic Bilbao) between 2013 and 2014 before the midfielder left for United, and the manager is now eager on a reunion at Camp Nou.
There have been talks over a four-year contract on the table for the former Basque player, but this has not diminished speculation about his future with Barcelona an admirable option for any top player in professional football. Herrera struggled to make the starting lineup on a regular basis under former boss Louis van Gaal, but the arrival of Mourinho has done wonders to his careers after he settled to a deeper holding midfield role.
Carrick has duly delivered in a similar position for the Red Devils, but Herrera appears to have made the spot his own with Mourinho looking to slowly drift the former from first-team duties. Carrick, 35, inked a one-year extension at United recently, but he may not expect as much playing time as he earned during the course of the previous campaign. Herrera bagged exactly 50 appearances for Manchester United, who will back in the Champions League next term.
Marcus Rashford broke into the first team of United in unlikely circumstances. Louis van Gaal was head coach at the time and the Red Devils were in a injury crisis involving most of the first teamers.
Prior to his debut, Rashford was largely unknown to most of the United supporters despite his terrific performances with their reserves. However, it didn’t take long for the football world to know of his special abilities as 4 goals in his first 3 matches did the announcement
Mou’s appointment as head coach in the summer of 2016 did pose a threat to the youngster’s cocoon-to-butterfly journey. The Portuguese is an unrepentant advocate of experience over youth, a special signature to never have the patience of giving team reserves enough time to prove their worth. From letting Lukaku leave for Everton while he was working at Chelsea, to loaning Madrid homeboy Alvaro Morata to Juventus during his time at the Spanish capital.
The signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite having two potential world class strikers in the mould of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford re echoed the legendry stubbornness of old habits. Continue reading
Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs says that the club should get used to do Jose Mourinho adopting a defensive approach in some of the key games.
Manchester United have been criticised for changing their style of play and going all out defensive in the recent match at Anfield. Many saw this as a sign of Mourinho giving too much respect to Liverpool and their recent form. United have a tradition of playing attractive football and very rarely have they performed so poorly in the last three decades. However, Giggs says that Mourinho’s judgements should be trusted
since it may be one of the ways to win trophies.
Even the great Sir Alex Ferguson used defensive tactics from time to time if he thought that it was the best possible way for United to win trophies. Ferguson, however, provided beautiful and attractive football to the club on most occasions and the defensive minded games were largely forgotten. Mourinho is struggling to match the same since he has a reputation for being a defensive coach on almost all occasions. Giggs tried to look on the positive side by claiming that a defeat would have caused a lot of pressure on the team going into the next few weeks.
Manchester United will be keen to bounce back from the weekend’s disappointing draw against Fulham against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
The point made it just seven from eighteen available in the Premier League in 2014, and left them a massive fifteen behind leaders Chelsea.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will end his time with the club at the end of the season, Sky Sports understands.
The centre-back has been with United for the past eight years having signed from Spatak Moscow for around £7m, and has enjoyed great success during his time at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney will face a late fitness test ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The England international has not played since the home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day, and was sent to Egypt for rehabilitation this week by manager David Moyes while Robin van Persie is also not guaranteed to feature, despite recovering from a thigh problem that has kept him out for the past month.
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Manchester United will look to end a run of three straight defeats as they host Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
One of those losses of course came against Swansea, when the pair met at Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Cup last Sunday.
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Manchester United will look to bounce back from their New Year’s Day disappointment as they take on Swansea City at Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Premier League champions lost to Tottenham Hotspur to end a six game winning streak, and will be keen to progress as David Moyes looks to clinch major silverware in his first season as manager of the club.
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Manchester United manager David Moyes has said that Wayne Rooney has ‘a chance’ of being fit for tomorrow afternoon’s visit of West Ham United.
The striker has been struggling with a groin injury, but will hopeful of helping his side avoid a third straight home defeat following recent losses to both Everton and Newcastle United.