Manchester United have no concerns José Mourinho might leave in summer

• Board believe he is determined to win league for club
• Manager praised Paris Saint-Germain in OctoberManchester United have no concerns that José Mourinho could leave next summer to take up another managerial position, and those who work closely with him believe he retains fire in his belly to win the Premier League for the club. Mourinho is a long-term target of Paris Saint-Germain, whom he publicly praised last month, and would also attract interest from other leading sides. However, United’s board would welcome Mourinho staying for a decade or more, as this would mean a long period of success had been established. Continue reading...

Manchester United could lose Marouane Fellaini on a free in the summer

• Midfielder has rejected United’s offer and wants significant pay increase
• Belgian can talk to other clubs in January but Mourinho will not sanction saleManchester United could lose Marouane Fellaini for free next summer after the midfielder refused to sign the new contract the club offered him in September. Negotiations have been under way since last season on a deal, with Fellaini unhappy at the terms offered. The Belgian is thought to earn around £120,000 a week after United triggered a one-year extension in January and raised his salary from £80,000 a week. He wants a marked increase on his terms. Continue reading...

Loftus-Cheek pointing the finger at the wrong Chelsea manager

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho directs Ruben Loftus Cheek before he comes on as a substitute during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s father has launched a bizarre attack on Jose Mourinho for the lack of playing time he son had at Chelsea when our manager was in charge.
Jose Mourinho held him back. He should have been playing. Everyone behind the scenes was asking: ‘why isn’t he playing?’ If Ruben was playing for Mauricio Pochettino, he’d have 70, 80, 90 first team appearances by now. He is like a Rolls Royce. He used to win all of the player of the year awards. But once Chelsea clapped eyes on him they knew what he was. They knew he was special.
It’s worth noting that Loftus-Cheek has made 32 first team appearances for Chelsea in total since Mourinho gave him his debut, and 22 of those have been since Mourinho left. Mourinho played him 10 times in nine months. Guus Hiddink, who replaced Mourinho after he was sacked, played Loftus-Cheek Continue reading "Loftus-Cheek pointing the finger at the wrong Chelsea manager"

José Mourinho mistakes with De Bruyne, Lukaku and Salah haunt Chelsea | Tim Lewis

Portuguese’s name should be mud for allowing the Premier League’s three best players at the moment to slip through the Stamford Bridge net. Another Chelsea talent drain must not be allowed to happen Dick Rowe, the head of A&R at Decca Records in the 60s, was a kingmaker in the music industry. He signed the Rolling Stones in 1963, gave Van Morrison his break and launched the career of Tom Jones. But Rowe isn’t really known for any of these coups. He’s the idiot who rejected the Beatles. “We don’t like their sound,” it’s said that he told their manager, Brian Epstein. “And guitar music is on the way out.” Decca offered a contract to Brian Poole and the Tremeloes instead. There are similar oversights in all creative industries. Sport is no exception: what, for example, if there was someone who managed to let the three best players in Continue reading "José Mourinho mistakes with De Bruyne, Lukaku and Salah haunt Chelsea | Tim Lewis"

The ever-changing relationship between Mourinho and United

C61O30XWoAEZbQnJose Mourinho is a man I love and also hate. I’ve always had a begrudging respect for people in football who manage to boil piss and Mourinho does this better than most. As Manchester United fans, we’ve experienced this fairly acutely over the years. When he first was drawn to our attention, he was the Porto manager, knee sliding on the Old Trafford touchline. We had lost 2-1 away from home in the first leg of our round of 16 Champions League tie, yet everything looked to be going our way at Old Trafford. Paul Scholes put us 1-0 up with half an hour played and just before half-time scored the goal that should have seen us through the next round. Despite being a couple of yards onside, the linesman raised his flag, and the goal was disallowed. In injury time, Porto equalised and they booked their place in the Continue reading "The ever-changing relationship between Mourinho and United"

Manchester United pay for their meek approach against Chelsea | Jonathan Wilson

José Mourinho’s stubbornly dogmatic team tactics cost his side at Stamford Bridge and look to have handed the title initiative to Manchester CityThe memories of Manchester United in 1985-86 and Newcastle United in 1995-96 serve always as caveats, but already it feels that it would take something outlandish for Manchester City not to be named as champions this season. Perhaps their slick cogs and gears will somehow stick or grind, but at the moment none of the chasing pack are applying pressure. The gap already is eight points and, once again, on Sunday, it was hard to avoid the thought that there has been something meek in the way José Mourinho has presented the initiative to his rivals. When United defeated Ajax to win the Europa League, Mourinho spoke of it as a victory for pragmatism. It is a term that is frequently applied to his football, and football generally has Continue reading "Manchester United pay for their meek approach against Chelsea | Jonathan Wilson"