Paul Pogba’s situation at Manchester United remains a delicate one, even as the end of the season draws nigh. There are strong speculations that the French playmaker could exit the team with decreasing confidence in his abilities by the coach Jose Mourinho but then the huge financial investment in him is a major hindrance.
Pogba’s international teammate Antoine Griezmann has asked him to rise up to the occasion and prove his critics wrong. Both players are on international duty with France playing warm up games in preparations for the forthcoming World Cup. Continue reading
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini claims that he is being unfairly treated in English football due to his reputation for being a physical player. The Belgian has already received three sending-off in his time in English football. He was also found guilty of elbowing Robert Huth back in 2016. This forced him to spend three matches on the sidelines. Fellaini last received a red card when he played in the Manchester derby back in April. This is one of the several incidents involving the Belgian, who is coming to the final few months of his Manchester United career.
Fellaini was expected to leave Old Trafford back in the summer, but Jose Mourinho chose to offer him a one-year contract extension against the wishes of most fans. However, it looks highly unlikely that Fellaini will receive another contract in the next few months. The midfielder came in from Everton for around £ 27 million under the regime of David Moyes. He has started only three Premier League matches this season and has appeared in a further six as a substitute. In comparison, he featured in 18 games from the start last season and made further 10 substitute appearances in the Premier league.
French forward Anthony Martial is looking to add more goals to his tally for Manchester United between now and the end of the season. The 21-year-old has been in tremendous form for the Red Devils in the early part of the campaign, producing key goals including the winner against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Martial has already racked seven goals in the United shirt across all competitions, and he is just one short of achieving last season’s tally under Jose Mourinho. Despite this, the Frenchman wants to take his game to another level as he aims to make a greater impact with the Europa League holders.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly responded to suggestions that he could leave the Red Devils in the near future. In a recent interview with Portuguese Television, the tactician admitted that he won’t finish his career at Old Trafford, although he is no hurry to leave the club.
Since then, the Special One has been linked with a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain, amongst others, though he has been linked with them before. The 54-year-old has stressed that he has only United on his mind, he said, “I think you English media have the answer for that because, in one day, it says that I am going to sign a five-year contract, for £1billion per season and then, the next day, you say that I am leaving and going to PSG. I think that is the answer. The answer is that nothing is happening. I am not signing a new five-year contract and I am not leaving for PSG. I am at Manchester United and I have a contract. And that is it.” Continue reading
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