Paul Pogba thanks José Mourinho in sign of thawing relations

• Manchester United manager allowed midfielder to take penalty
• Mourinho hails Pogba’s ‘courage’ after previous spot-kick missPaul Pogba has thanked José Mourinho for trusting him to take a penalty against Young Boys, with Manchester United’s manager returning the sentiment in a further sign that relations between them are easing. Pogba’s comments came after he scored twice in the 3-0 opening Group H victory at the Stade de Suisse on Wednesday, his second goal coming from the spot. Continue reading...

Young Boys’ artificial pitch a distraction as United prepare to get campaign moving

• José Mourinho makes light of the handicap, citing Federer
• Manchester United without Valencia but Rashford startsDavid De Gea has passed up an opportunity to commit his long-term future to Manchester United, with the goalkeeper’s deal due to expire next summer. While United have an option of a further 12 months the club are keen to ensure De Gea stays for the foreseeable future. Yet asked if he intends to remain at Old Trafford beyond his current deal, the Spain goalkeeper refused to be drawn. “I feel really loved in this club – from the fans, from all the people who are for this club,” he said. “I am really happy to play for this club, one of best clubs in the world, so for me it’s really good to be part of this club.” Continue reading...

Manchester United show a glimpse of what they can do against Watford

Manchester United haven’t often showed their potential under José Mourinho, but the pieces might be falling into place as their Champions League campaign beginsFor 15 minutes on Saturday, Manchester United supporters were given a glimpse of what might just be possible. The scintillating spell before half-time that saw Watford’s defence torn to shreds by the pace and power of José Mourinho’s frontline was a timely reminder that, despite the much-criticised start to the season, he has an attack with frightening potential. Yet United eventually left Vicarage Road indebted to David de Gea for ending their opponents’ 100% record following a shaky second-half display that must have tested even Mourinho’s nerves, and it was the failure to kill off the game that would have concerned their manager most. Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sánchez and Paul Pogba spurned chances to score a decisive third goal on the break, leading to a frantic Continue reading "Manchester United show a glimpse of what they can do against Watford"

Watford 1 – 2 Man United: What We Learned

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling scored to give Manchester United a 2-1 at Watford on Saturday to give the Red Devils their second straight win of the season. Contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, notes a few pointers from the tie. Jekyll and Hyde from Man United Manchester United were good and bad in the same 90 minutes and that may leave followers of the team a little worried as the league takes shape and the matches get more difficult. The first half started slowly for the Red Devils but as soon as they settled down, they began showing what they could do and it was interesting seeing that they took the lead via a set-piece situation against Watford. The team showed ease and some comfort and could have added more before the first half ended. However, the bad side came up when they backed off and allowed Watford Continue reading "Watford 1 – 2 Man United: What We Learned"

Lukaku: There’s unity here between fans, players and manager

gettyimages-886474888Romelu Lukaku has leapt to the defence of Jose Mourinho who has been given an awful time by the press so far this season. The striker has claimed the players are fully behind him and they are looking to get the season back on track this afternoon against Watford.
After the game against Tottenham, even though we lost, I really felt a unity between the fans and the players and the manager. That was something beautiful to see. A lot of people are coming for the manager and I don’t understand why. He’s just trying to build a fortress out of this football club and we as players we know that. The manager is a winner, he’s somebody that is a real personality. He wants to help us, he wants us to win and it’s normal that when he loses he gets angry so I don’t understand why some people Continue reading "Lukaku: There’s unity here between fans, players and manager"

The Portuguese humanitarian wiped away a tear | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! At today’s weekly rendezvous at Old Trafford with the interestingly-odoured representatives of the media, José Mourinho was eager to discuss “the ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing into their mind is José Mourinho and Manchester United.” The Portuguese humanitarian wiped away a tear as he said “I feel sorry for them because there are much more interesting things to wake up and to be happy [about] in the morning than to be speaking about us.” Which is certainly true, although Mourinho’s pity seemed misplaced when he went on to make it clear that the first thing he thought about when we woke up this morning was Jamie Carragher. Continue reading...

Charming one day, insecure the next: the José Mourinho I knew at Chelsea | Eni Aluko

Mourinho’s Jekyll and Hyde behaviour can be entertaining but also damaging and tedious. He must show at Manchester United that he can withstand a stormFootball is full of different characters but there are perhaps none who have a split personality quite like José Mourinho, as I can testify from personal experience. The mind goes back to the 2014-15 season, when Chelsea won the Premier League title during Mourinho’s second spell there. I had just written a column for the BBC praising José for bringing a spark back to the club and, as our paths crossed at the training ground at Cobham, he gave me a big hug and thanked me for the kind words. There was a smile on the manager’s face and a twinkle in his eye. Related: More talent, fewer minutes: English players suffering in Premier League Continue reading...

José Mourinho among top coaches calling on Uefa to review away goals rule

• Managers believe scoring away is not as difficult as before
• Uefa secretary confirms a discussion will be opened on subject Some of Europe’s highest-profile club coaches, including José Mourinho, have called upon Uefa to review the use of the away goals rule in continental competitions because scoring away from home is not as difficult as it used to be. They also want the transfer window to end at the same time in all the region’s major leagues. Continue reading...

Steve Sidwell: ‘I wanted the tears to happen. Then I was done as a player’

Much-travelled midfielder reflects on career as a Premier League player and on the tough decision to call it a day earlier this year “I’ve been with my wife since we were kids at school and she had never seen me cry, ever,” Steve Sidwell says as he remembers the spring evening this year when he sat next to her on their bathroom floor. Sidwell cried for a long time, his tears leaving little marks wherever he looked, as he finally accepted that his career as a professional footballer was over.
He had joined the Arsenal academy 26 years before, aged nine, and played in the Premier League for Reading, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham and Stoke before joining Brighton in 2016. Sidwell helped Brighton gain promotion to the Premier League last year but he had been injured for the whole of their first season back in the top flight. A varied Continue reading "Steve Sidwell: ‘I wanted the tears to happen. Then I was done as a player’"

José Mourinho dedicates Manchester United’s victory to Ed Woodward

• Group of fans made plane protest against vice-chairman
• ‘In the match I am not looking to the sky. I didn’t see planes’José Mourinho described Manchester United’s victory at Burnley as a win for Ed Woodward after the club’s vice-chairman was labelled “a specialist in failure” in the skies above Turf Moor. United ended a troubled week with a comfortable defeat of Sean Dyche’s side despite having Marcus Rashford sent off and Joe Hart saving Paul Pogba’s second-half penalty. Romelu Lukaku struck twice before half-time as the visitors responded impressively to Monday’s 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham and growing criticism of their manager. Continue reading...

‘Some of you must be disappointed’: Mourinho takes swipe at media after win – video

José Mourinho described Manchester United's performance as 'very good,' but couldn't resist taking a swipe at the media after the team beat Burnley 2-0. Two goals from Romelu Lukaku saw United ease to victory and avoid a run of three straight league defeats, despite Marcus Rashford being sent off after an altercation with Phil Bardsley. Mourinho also dismissed questions about club unrest after a section of supporters flew a banner condemning ed Woodward above the stadium.  Continue reading...

Hope springs eternal as Sánchez and Shaw lift Manchester United gloom

After two consecutive defeats, José Mourinho’s men made easy work of Burnley as his top players produced their best displays of the seasonIf the banner flown overhead decrying United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, as a “specialist in failure” was pre-game hoopla, on the pitch this convincing 2-0 win might prove a first baby-step in Manchester United mounting a credible title challenge. All over the side there were causes for hope as Victor Lindelöf, Alexis Sánchez, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku excelled, though José Mourinho will be unhappy at a missed Paul Pogba penalty and Marcus Rashford’s red card. The manager, who quoted Hegel on Friday, arrived at Turf Moor to show his football philosophy could reverse United’s fortunes after consecutive defeats by Brighton and Tottenham. For this challenge Mourinho gave Marouane Fellaini a first start of the season. The danger here was evident: lose a third time Continue reading "Hope springs eternal as Sánchez and Shaw lift Manchester United gloom"

Mourinho: Our win is thanks to the spirit provided by the fans

Screen Shot 2018-09-02 at 22.26.07Manchester United beat Burnley 2-0 this afternoon after a positive, attacking display from the team. United played in a similar way against Tottenham Hotspur, although failed to score a goal from our 23 chances, compared to the three goals Spurs scored from their nine attempts. It was a different story at Turf Moor though, with Romelu Lukaku scoring both goals and United maintaining the 2-0 lead despite playing with 10 men for the final 20 minutes. Jose Mourinho applauded the Stretford End following the Spurs defeat and did the same after the win over Burnley, and after the game thanked the fans again.
I keep saying for me it [the support] is not important, it’s nice, of course it’s nice, but it’s not important, because they support the team. I think the team also brought the fans into the game with the way the team played from the beginning Continue reading "Mourinho: Our win is thanks to the spirit provided by the fans"

VIDEO: Mourinho celebrates with fans after Burnley win

Screen Shot 2018-09-02 at 18.50.37Following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Burnley, Jose Mourinho climbed over the advertising hoardings to celebrate with the fans. Our away end was in full voice over the 90 minutes and were rewarded with the three points.

On a day when fans had weirdly paid to fly a plane over the crowd with a message deriding Ed Woodward, Mourinho will have felt supported by the away end who repeatedly sang his name throughout the game. United fans are still split when it comes to the manager, but when it’s him against Ed, there’s no question whose side the majority of supporters fall on. Mourinho has regularly acknowledged how special our support is, most recently following the 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. He took to the pitch to applaud the Stretford Continue reading "VIDEO: Mourinho celebrates with fans after Burnley win"

José Mourinho muddles United’s thinking but Ed Woodward shares blame | Daniel Taylor

The Portuguese’s obsession with his own importance is wearing but what qualifies Ed Woodward to consider that his judgment of a player’s ability outweighs that of the manager? What do you imagine Ed Woodward will be thinking, from his seat in the Bob Lord stand, when a plane flies over Turf Moor this afternoon and the message trailed in the skies makes it clear there are Manchester United supporters who prefer to hold him responsible for the club’s current predicament rather than subjecting José Mourinho to any real form of mutiny? It will need the thickest of skins, presumably, when the plane’s banner will read “Ed Woodward – specialist in failure” on the same weekend, 10 years since Abu Dhabi’s royal family seized control of Manchester City, that so many column inches have been devoted to the shift in power in this divided city. Continue reading...