Wigan’s Max Power: ‘One game from the quarter-finals, you start to dream’

Wigan take on Manchester City, the side they famously beat in the 2013 FA Cup final, but the midfielder says he wanted an easier draw When Wigan Athletic take on Manchester City on Monday night the League One team will be unable to select a single player from the famous 2013 Cup final upset involving the same two clubs. City still have Sergio Agüero and a handful of others but they have not had the churn brought about by three subsequent relegations. There are no connecting links between the Wigan side hoping for promotion back to the Championship and the one that Roberto Martínez led to Wembley success and a Premier League exit in the same season, though at least the midfielder Max Power remembers the Cup run well. “I was still at Tranmere but I was following Wigan that year,” the 24-year-old says. “I’m a mate of Callum McManaman Continue reading "Wigan’s Max Power: ‘One game from the quarter-finals, you start to dream’"

José Mourinho: VAR ‘went against original protocol’ to rule out Mata goal

• Video official was deployed to judge Juan Mata offside
• Lines on the screen appeared to be wavy and unevenJosé Mourinho said that the use of VAR to disallow a Juan Mata goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Hudderfield Town “went against the original protocol” of the system and that football is “ too beautiful to be spoiled by something not perfect.” Mata was initially adjudged to have beaten the offside trap to score in the first-half, but the decision was referred to the video referee and he was deemed to be beyond the last man - or, at least, his knee was slightly beyond the offside line. Continue reading...

José Mourinho: talk Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United is ‘lies’

• Mourinho denies he disagrees with Pogba over best position
• ‘We don’t fight every day and we don’t want to sell,’ says managerJosé Mourinho has denied his relationship with Paul Pogba has broken down and described speculation that the midfielder might want to leave the club as “a lot of lies”. Pogba received a barrage of criticism after his below-par performance at Newcastle last Sunday, with the former Manchester United player Paul Ince going so far as to suggest the France international believes he might have made a mistake in rejoining the club. Continue reading...

What difference do West Brom think sacking boardroom suits will make?

West Brom’s chairman and chief executive have apparently paid for dumping Pulis and replacing him with Pardew without the desired effect, but a new CEO is not going to win matchesWest Bromwich Albion supporters are arguing among themselves over whether it was a good idea to sack Tony Pulis, two wins in 12 games from the start of the season, and replace him with Alan Pardew, one win in 13 games since. Putting aside for a moment the image that springs to mind of bald men fighting over a comb, this is a genuinely unsolvable dilemma, and one that has just led to the dismissal of John Williams and Martin Goodman, respectively the Albion chairman and chief executive. Operating from the other side of the world, the owner Guachuan Lai has just pulled the plug on the pair, not because Albion are seven points from safety at the Continue reading "What difference do West Brom think sacking boardroom suits will make?"

I’m the best behaved manager, claims Manchester United’s José Mourinho

• There should be an award for touchline conduct, says Portuguese
• ‘I prepare myself for each game and make an effort to stay calm’José Mourinho aims to follow up his remarks about rival managers behaving like clowns on the touchline by presenting himself as a paragon of virtue for the rest of the season. The Manchester United manager has even suggested there should be an award for good behaviour in the dugout area and put himself forward as a likely winner. “I am fully committed to win the award this season of the best behaved manager on the touchline,” Mourinho said before Sunday’s visit to Newcastle United, where he has yet to record a Premier League win with either Chelsea or his present club. “I am serious. There are so many awards nowadays, they should give one to the guy that behaves best on the touchline. Continue reading...

Jürgen Klopp: Manchester City will be even stronger next season

• City form means Liverpool must wait for first Premier League title
• ‘All the rest of us can do is keep trying,’ Liverpool manager saysLiverpool and Tottenham are waiting for their first Premier League title and Jürgen Klopp has warned they might still be doing the same next season, because he can only see Manchester City becoming even stronger. “City are really good, there’s no shadow of a doubt that they are where they deserve to be,” the Liverpool manager said. “Unfortunately they can be even better next season. I have to say that. Everyone will be better next season, the quality of all the teams will not drop, but City are so far ahead because they have good moments even when they are not playing like a dream. Continue reading...