MANCHESTER UNITED SWEATS OVER POGBA’S FITNESS

Manchester United could be sweating on the fitness of star player Paul Pogba, after the French midfielder limped away,during Tuesday night’s draw with Burnley.Pogba, who scored an 87th-minute penalty to spark United’s late comeback, will be assessed by the club’s medical staff, after being subjected to an array of heavy tackles in the hard-earned draw with Sean Dyche’s side. Victor Lindelof went on to rescue a point for United in injury time, as the team failed to wina game for the first time since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge

United would be looking to return to winning ways, having not dropped a point in eight of their first nine matches under new manager Ole Gunner Solksjaer,when they travel to Leicester on Sunday, but Pogba appeared to throw his participation in that match into doubt by limping through the mixed zone at Old Trafford after the Burnley game.
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Romelu Lukaku refuses to compare Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has refused to compare between Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the aftermath of the club’s 3-1 triumph over Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round. The Belgium international has generally been a bench warmer under the guidance of Ole but he was handed a rare start at the Emirates where he grabbed the man of the match with a couple of assists.

Speaking after the game, Lukaku was asked to compare the managerial qualities of Mourinho and Ole but he happened to restrict himself from doing so. He added that he has plenty of respect for the recently departed Mourinho, who brought him to Old Trafford in the first place, he said:“I’m not going to compare the two managers. I believe that Mourinho has done a lot for his club. He won trophies, so I have a lot of respect for him. He is the coach who signed me.”
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Mourinho proud of his players

Jose Mourinho stated that he is proud of his Manchester United players following the draw against Arsenal. He said that his players were ready to fight on the pitch and they created enough opportunities to win the game. He said that this is a good performance especially during this difficult period that the team has been through.

The Portuguese manager chose to leave Lukaku as well as Pogba on the bench as he wanted to bring in more fighting spirit in the team. He said that the players that he has chosen have not let him down and that they have given their best on the pitch.
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Michael Owen heaps praise on Marcus Rashford after showing at Southampton

Former Liverpool and Manchester United star Michael Owen has heaped praise on the performance of Marcus Rashford following the Red Devils’ 2-2 Premier League at Southampton on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s side experienced the worst start to the game after conceding two goals within the opening 20 minutes but they managed to level the scores before the break after a couple of assists from Rashford.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen highlighted that Rashford was outstanding throughout the game and him conceding the free-kick for Cedric Soares’ goal could be termed as the sole negative from the match, he said: “I thought he’s been outstanding today. He made two mistakes for the free kick for Southampton. But he’s the one player, we spoke before the game about running, it’s very, very simple but in this day and age you have to run and run fast and be direct and make things happen. I think that Rashford by and large is the only player in the Manchester United team that does that. I thought Ashley Young had a good first half. But Rashford runs at players and it causes havoc, it changes the picture all the time.”
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Manchester United legend expects decision on Jose Mourinho’s future

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Rio Ferdinand has indicated that there should be some sort of discussions regarding Jose Mourinho’s future at Old Trafford following the club’s poor start to the league campaign. The Red Devils suffered their third defeat of the season against West Ham United on Saturday afternoon and this has already put them nine points behind the lead of the table.

As a result, the supporters have already voiced the concern regarding Mourinho’s position at the club and Ferdinand feels the hierarchy should not withstand the club’s woeful league run any longer, he said: “There will be conversations at the top level about the future of the manager and the squad. The basics are not being done and something has to be said. You can’t let a situation like this continue throughout the season – wars in the press, leaks, players on one side of the dressing room, Mourinho and his staff on the other. If that continues this will be one of the worst seasons in the club’s history.”
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Mourinho wants more time

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants some time in order to improve the team. He admitted that his team has had some bad results but he believes that they have been playing well.

He said that they dominated the first half against Tottenham Hotspurs but unfortunately for them, they could not manage to score.
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United Slip Behind

According to Gary Neville Liverpool look like being the biggest threat to champions Manchester City, with their strength in both defence and attack helping them to overwhelm the opposition. Liverpool began the season with a 4-0 victory over West Ham on Super Sunday at Anfield, and followed it up with another solid win against Crystal Palce on Monday evening to remain in contention at the top of the table.

In the first week, there were also wins for Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City. Liverpool defeated City three times last season – reaching the Finals of the Champions League at City’s expense, and Neville feels that it’s going to be quite a challenging match-up between Liverpool and City once more. The playing style of Liverpool is certainly better than any other clubs though City have been putting efforts to push further up the pitch. Continue reading United Slip Behind

Mourinho on pre-season

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said that the World Cup is disrupting his pre-season program. He said that most of his players have been on international duties for their countries and that they have been given some extended vacation.

He said that this will definitely affect his pre-season and that there is no doubt that Manchester United might suffer at the start of the season.
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Mourinho Feels Sanchez Came ‘Cheap’

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho feels Alexis Sanchez’s transfer came ‘cheap’. Sanchez has started on a brilliant note as expected. He featured in the 4-0 win over Yeovil Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup, winning the Man of the Match award.

 

United had to offer a superior contract to the Chile international to get him to move to their side instead of Man City that he had been linked to for close to two years. United did a straight swap deal, getting Sanchez and releasing Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal. Sanchez is expected to significantly boost the attacking prowess of United in the concluding part of the season. He showed his class in the Yeovil game where he grabbed two assists. Continue reading Mourinho Feels Sanchez Came ‘Cheap’

Martial Could Miss FA Cup Final

Jose Mourinho claims that striker Anthony Martial is a significant doubt for the upcoming FA Cup final on Saturday. Manchester United take on Chelsea in the final and this is a repeat of the 2007 final, which was won by Chelsea. Back then, Jose Mourinho was in the blue half as the underdogs against Manchester United, who had just won the league title. Now, Antonio Conte is in charge of the blues, who were once again the underdogs after a disappointing Premier League campaign.

United have had a dip in form in the last few matches. The absence of players like Romelu Lukaku has been a key contributing factor. United have a number of players in the forward positions, but Mourinho has relied heavily on Lukaku. Continue reading Martial Could Miss FA Cup Final