Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has rebuffed claims that Paul Pogba could miss up to three months of first-team action with a hamstring problem.
The France international suffered the muscular injury in the first-half of the 3-0 Champions League triumph over Basel, where he was named as the captain.
A recent report from The Times suggested that Pogba could be out for six to 12 weeks with his injury after initial MRI scans revealed a potential tendon damage. However, Mourinho has dismissed the claim by stressing that the exact nature of the problem will only be discovered in a week’s time.
He said after the Everton game: “I don’t know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days, honestly. Any comment or any new rumour is totally wrong because we don’t know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days. The player was diagnosed initially after the match because of the conditions of the muscle and the bleeding. The decision was one more week to wait to see really clearly in the scans, that I mentioned, of the injury. In the hamstring, it’s a normal procedure and we wait a few more days. So it’s completely nonsense information.” Continue reading
Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits that the Red Devils face a ‘very difficult period’ after Paul Pogba pulled his hamstring in the Champions League opener against Basel. The France international was forced off the pitch in the first-half of the 3-0 victory over the Swiss champions, and initial reports have suggested that the midfield could be out for up to 12 weeks.
While Jose Mourinho has played down the reports, Mkhitaryan believes the club will face a tough period without their leading midfielder, but he is confident that the manager will guide them through any struggles, he told SFR Sport: “It’s hard, because he’s a top player for us. It’s going to be very difficult, but the coach knows how to make up for that. We are going to help him come back stronger.” Continue reading
Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly has insisted that no player in entitled a regular spot under manager Jose Mourinho.
The Ivorian footballer was paired alongside Phil Jones for the first six games of the Premier League campaign before he was replaced with Chris Smalling for the Crystal Palace clash. Mourinho later termed the defender was on the bench due to ‘fatigue’ and Bailly feels he cannot take his place for granted under the Special One.
Speaking on the United Review, he said: “It’s very important for us, it’s important for the team, it’s important for the manager, and when it’s like that, there is also competition amongst ourselves, so we always have to improve because I don’t think anyone is automatically entitled to their position in that team. There’s a good relationship between Phil and me, and with the other two defenders, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling, even though we’ve not had the chance to play together yet.” Continue reading
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho have moved up a notch after they secured a 2-0 win over Leicester City in Saturday’s late kick-off at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils looked frustrated for much of the game before substitutes Marcus Rashford and Marcus Fellaini got on the scoresheet.
The Red Devils had the vast share of possession during the first half of the encounter while having a Juan Mata goal chalked off for being offside. This was followed by further frustration in the second period as a poorly take penalty from Romelu Lukaku was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, who looked in sublime form on the day.
Eventually, United pulled out their options from the bench with Rashford scoring within five minutes of his entry via a corner whilst Marouane Fellaini used his body to good effect to score the second goal following a brilliant assist from another substitute Jesse Lingard.
Following the game, Mourinho said: “There is a difference in the quality of our football. The team is playing very well – they are very confident and are playing great football. I like my team very much. Three matches and nine point is nothing new for us, because last season it was three matches and nine points.” Continue reading
Martin Edwards, who was the chief of Manchester United in the early 2000s, has disclosed that a situation had arisen during his reign when Arsene Wenger could have been given the manager’s role of the Red Devils.
According to Edwards, when Sir Alex Ferguson conveyed to the board in the summer of 2002 that he did not intend to continue further at his post which he had held for the past 16 years, it took all the members of the board by extreme surprise. However, Sir Alex appeared to be very firm about it and the board finally had to accept that he could not be convinced to stay. Continue reading
One of the major differences Jose Mourinho has brought to Old Trafford which few United managers have shared in recent years has been a matter of fact willingness to discuss potential transfer targets. As with any manager, he needs to be cautious not to be accused of ‘tapping-up’, however, the general consensus is that when the media are the ones asking then it’s perfectly fine to state a carefully worded reply. So far we’ve seen this as work in almost all of the transfers that he has made.
So far we’ve seen this as work in almost all of the transfers that he has made. The Lukaku saga dragged on for weeks, and in just a similar way to the latest speculation/courting of England defender Danny Rose. The only major deal that was kept hush-hush until just before it was announced was that involving Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, possibly because Mourinho (a long time fan of the player) couldn’t believe his luck that Chelsea was willing to part with him. Continue reading
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
Jose Mourinho has insisted that Manchester United are not in the hunt to sign Gareth Bale during this summer’s transfer window.
The Real Madrid midfielder has been heavily linked with an Old Trafford move this summer with the Red Devils looking to bolster their attack front.
United have been largely unsuccessful in their quest to sign a new attacker with a deal for Ivan Perisic far off from being complete. Inter Milan are said to demand fees of at least £48m, and this is still far from United’s £26m offer for the Croatia international.
Mourinho had highlighted last week that a deal for Ronaldo is ‘mission impossible’, and a reported asked Mourinho whether he shares a similar stance with Bale, for which, he replied: “The same [as Ronaldo]. You have contacts and feelings, you understand things, and it was clear that Bale likes Madrid, the challenge and situation. They are in a very good situation now and I never felt a desire for him to leave, so why waste time on it? No.” Continue reading
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has opened the possibility of offering a short-term deal to Zlatan Ibrahimovic once he recovers from a serious knee injury sustained in late April.
The big Swede was allowed to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer earlier this summer after it was known that the veteran would not be fit until the turn of the year.
Ibrahimovic has nevertheless been allowed to use the training facilities at Carrington, and he is evaluating his options for the future with a move to Major League Soccer also in the horizon. Speaking to reporters, via ESPN, Mourinho cited that the club would offer another chance to the experienced forward following his spectacular debut campaign in English football last term.
He said: “Possible, it’s open, of course we wanted to be honest and open and left everything for him to make the decision. At the same time let’s make a decision that makes us all happy and if that is for him to stay and for us to wait, let’s say in December maybe, because I don’t think before December he can get back to competitive football but why not wait for a player who gave us so much, we are changing ideas and it’s with Mr Woodward (Ed Woodward) and Zlatan’s agent but the final decision is the best for the player.” Continue reading
Super-agent Mino Raiola has reportedly discussed the possibility of bringing Gianluigi Donnarumma to Manchester United amid the uncertainty over his position of current number one David de Gea.
The Spain international has been heavily linked with a return to Madrid, and his recent house-hunting expedition has posed further doubts about his future.
According to DiarioGol, the Mancunian giants are preparing for the worst after Raiola made contact regarding the availability of his client Donnarumma. The 18-year-old has turned down a Milan contract beyond 2018, and this will most probably see him being sold during the upcoming transfer window.
Jose Mourinho is said to be demanding a world-record £100m for the sale of his key goalscorer, but this valuation could come down significantly if United manage to reach a breakthrough with Real Madrid in the pursuit of Alvaro Morata. Morata is currently valued at £70m by Los Blancos, and this has put a stall on the proposed agreement with United only willing to pay a £65m sum. Continue reading