Alexis Sánchez could be the man to restore Manchester United’s glory | Jamie Jackson

The Chilean has similarities to Carlos Tevez, a key man in the 2007-08 side, and may give José Mourinho’s attack an edgeIn Alexis Sánchez, José Mourinho is about to acquire another world‑class player as he plots to make Manchester United an elite domestic and European force again. Manchester City hold a 12-point advantage over Mourinho’s team so a credible title challenge will have to wait until next season. Yet Sánchez’s arrival can help to propel United to a strong finish and light up the Champions League campaign that they will resume next month with a last-16 tie against Sevilla. This is why Mourinho was hired: to make United England’s dominant side once more and return them to the rank of continental heavyweights. To achieve this the XI must be decorated with footballers who can consistently turn matches. Sánchez’s arrival – his switch from Arsenal to United is expected to be Continue reading "Alexis Sánchez could be the man to restore Manchester United’s glory | Jamie Jackson"

Manchester United make breakthrough in José Mourinho contract talks

• Club and manager confident an agreement can be finally be reached
• United manager seeking increase on £15m-a-year dealManchester United have made a breakthrough in contract talks with José Mourinho, with each party confident an agreement can be finally be reached. Discussions have been ongoing for some time and are now progressing well between the manager and executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward. Continue reading...

José Mourinho says he is man enough to apologise in latest Antonio Conte spat

• Manager makes reference to his rapprochement with Claudio Ranieri
• Manchester United keen on extending David de Gea’s contractJosé Mourinho has reignited the feud with Antonio Conte by stating he has been “man enough” to say sorry when in the wrong, with the Manchester United manager referencing his 2017 apology to Claudio Ranieri. This appears to be a response to the Chelsea manager’s claim that Mourinho was “fake” regarding a move to make peace with Ranieri. The Portuguese had scorned Ranieri’s use of English but wore a training shirt to a press conference with CR embossed on it when Ranieri was sacked as Leicester manager last February. Continue reading...

José Mourinho admits Manchester United can’t buy their way into title race

• Portuguese says spending in transfer window won’t help them catch City
• United could still make a move for Arsenal striker Alexis SánchezJosé Mourinho does not believe there is any point in Manchester United throwing money around this month in an effort to reinvigorate the title race – because Manchester City are too far ahead. The United manager was careful not to rule out a possible move for Alexis Sánchez – he said an exception to the club’s normal policy of strengthening in summer could be made if an outstanding player became available – but he insists it is too late for anyone to buy their way into the title race this season. Continue reading...

Will the Chelsea boss regret getting in to a war of words with Mourinho?

Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 17.11.01Chelsea drew their fourth consecutive game on Saturday afternoon, their third 0-0 in a row, after they failed to beat the 10 men of Leicester City. The fans inside Stamford Bridge booed their team off the pitch at the final whistle, with Antonio Conte left scratching his head and wondering where it’s all gone wrong. If he could be this self-reflective, he may regret deciding to start a war of words with Jose Mourinho, which may have taken his eye off the ball. On January 4th, Mourinho was asked whether he had lost his passion for the game, as he behaves differently on the touchline now than he did in the past. United fans will remember better than most his run down the touchline when his Porto side won at Old Trafford. Reports in the papers had suggested that this change in behaviour was a sign of his unhappiness at Continue reading "Will the Chelsea boss regret getting in to a war of words with Mourinho?"

José Mourinho feels ‘contempt’ for Antonio Conte after exchange of insults

• Manchester United manager draws line under clash with Chelsea counterpart
• Mourinho hopes Ibrahimovic can return to fitness in three weeks after relapseJosé Mourinho has claimed he now feels “contempt” for Antonio Conte, with Manchester United’s manager intent on finally drawing a line under the insults he and his Chelsea counterpart have been trading. Last week Conte accused the Portuguese of having “demenza senile” after believing Mourinho had referenced him when discussing a “clown on the touchline”. Continue reading...