Pogba, signings and sparkle: Mourinho’s key issues at Manchester United

As United start their US tour with the aim of building up to a Premier League title challenge we address some of the manager’s principal challenges One assessment of Mourinho’s business at the halfway mark of the window might be that it has been underwhelming. The manager has recruited Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m, paid Porto £19m for Diogo Dalot and signed Lee Grant for £1.5m from Stoke City to become his third-choice goalkeeper. Continue reading...

Mourinho: De Gea is my boy and I’m hurting for him

Screen Shot 2018-06-15 at 23.34.37Spain drew 3-3 with Portugal on Friday evening, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the 51st hattrick of his career. His second goal will be one David de Gea wants to forget though, when he allowed what should have been a routine save see the ball go in to the back of the net. Jose Mourinho has claimed that he is hurting for De Gea but insists that the goalkeeper will be ready for the next game.
It’s my boy, it hurts me to say but he knows it’s a bad mistake. It’s a mistake he doesn’t make with us, United – player of the season, fantastic performances. But that happens to the best. The good thing with the best is that in the next match he will be there – not afraid, confident to go and ready to help his team. It is a goal with David’s face.
Ronaldo, who played Continue reading "Mourinho: De Gea is my boy and I’m hurting for him"

Influence of Guardiola, Klopp and Pochettino is a big plus for England | Liam Rosenior

The presence of some of the world’s best coaches in the Premier League can only help the national side in RussiaJuly 4 1990 was the first time football broke my heart. I was six years old and spent three magical and exciting weeks watching England progress through the World Cup in Italy enthralled by Gary Lineker’s goals, the dribbles of Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley and the sheer raw genius of Gazza before West Germany killed the dream and the euphoria was replaced by sobbing. The whole nation mourned that day and some would say it was yet another ‘welcome to being an England fan’ moment. As a nation we haven’t reached a World Cup semi-final since but when the tears had dried and I grew up I reflected on 1990 as a moment which restored pride and joy to English football after the stadium disasters at Heysel and Continue reading "Influence of Guardiola, Klopp and Pochettino is a big plus for England | Liam Rosenior"

Anthony Martial wants to leave Manchester United, says agent

• Representative says Frenchman needs to ‘resume career’
• Martial not involved in the World Cup with his countryAnthony Martial wants to leave Manchester United, according to his agent. The 22-year-old, who joined United from Monaco for £36m in September 2015, has found life at Old Trafford increasingly frustrating under José Mourinho, with limited opportunities from the bench. The forward was not included in France’s squad for the World Cup having struggled to make much impact at United since Mourinho’s arrival. Continue reading...

Manchester United agree deal to sign midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk

• Old Trafford club reach agreement over Brazil midfielder
• Porto’s right-back Diogo Dalot expected to join him at UnitedManchester United have announced they have reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the midfielder Fred. He is expected to become José Mourinho’s first signing this summer. The Brazilian underwent a medical on Monday and confirmation of his transfer is imminent. Related: Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues Continue reading...

Mourinho: I’m a long way off being Portugal’s manager

14681906462188With the World Cup less than a fortnight away, Jose Mourinho has spoken to GQ about the tournament and the national team, claiming that he isn’t close to taking on the job of Portugal’s manager.
No. No! I am not close at all. I think being the coach of a club is my job. Because I need to play matches every week and train every day. I would say I am even further away from being tired now than I was a few years ago.
When asked who was the greatest ever World Cup player, Mourinho struggled to name just one, but had a list of people who have impressed on the world stage.
It is just too difficult. I was born in 1963, so the 1966 World Cup was too early for me, but I know my football history and players like Sir Bobby Charlton and Eusébio were the Continue reading "Mourinho: I’m a long way off being Portugal’s manager"

Capello: Ronaldo wants to go back to United

1526562434_506384_noticia_normalFormer Real Madrid and England manager, Fabio Capello, has supported Zinedine Zidane’s decision to step down as manager of the Spanish club. He has also claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to return to Manchester United and be reunited with Jose Mourinho.
This was Zidane’s choice and I think it was the right one. He knew that Florentino would’ve sacked him if it wasn’t for that third straight Champions League win. It was a matter of time. I was sacked from Real Madrid after a successful season. I think Zizou made the right call. Cristiano Ronaldo’s future with Real Madrid? Cristiano wants to return to Manchester United alongside Mourinho. I think he will eventually leave Madrid to go back to England. When? This I don’t know. Zidane’s replacement? I think it could be Guti. There is only one top coach available and that’s Conte. Sarri too is free but for how Continue reading "Capello: Ronaldo wants to go back to United"

José Mourinho targets Porto full-back Diogo Dalot for Manchester United

• Manager sees Dalot as potential successor to Antonio Valencia
• Dalot made debut last season and has release clause of £17.5mJosé Mourinho is hopeful of making Porto’s Diogo Dalot his first signing of the summer. Manchester United’s manager is targeting the 19-year-old as a potential long-term successor to Antonio Valencia at right-back. Dalot has a release clause of €20m (£17.5m) but it is understood this is yet to be triggered by United for a player who made his senior debut last season, finishing with seven appearances, six of which were in Porto’s triumphant Portuguese Liga campaign. Continue reading...

Marcus Rashford’s toils show up José Mourinho as a man without a plan | Barney Ronay

A isolated outing for the forward added was dismaying proof that skilful attackers are being left to regress at Old TraffordOn a sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling Wembley day Manchester United’s sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling season was finally euthanised to a close. It has been a good season in some ways, with obvious progress made in the Premier League. But it passed here without the garnish of a trophy as Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty settled a largely forgettable FA Cup final in Chelsea’s favour. Continue reading...

Ander Herrera: My future is the FA Cup final. I want to be here next season

Manchester United midfielder has struggled for an automatic place in the first team but he scored the winner in the semi-final and is keen to continue in that veinAnder Herrera has a self-possession that allows rare honesty when he is asked how Manchester City’s runaway title win and Liverpool potentially being European champions heightens Manchester United’s need to win the FA Cup final against Chelsea. Sitting upstairs in the academy building at the club’s Carrington base, the midfielder is an articulate speaker on a range of subjects. United finished second to City but, unless Chelsea are defeated at Wembley on Saturday, José Mourinho’s side will end the season without a trophy. The nightmare scenario is City’s 19-point Premier League success being followed by Liverpool claiming a sixth European Cup next Saturday by defeating Real Madrid. Continue reading...

Forget artist v mechanic: Mourinho and Conte’s midfield duel holds key | Jonathan Wilson

José Mourinho’s dig at Antonio Conte has diverted attention from the FA Cup final’s pivotal confrontation in which Chelsea’s midfield could be overrun by Manchester United“I’m not,” José Mourinho said after Manchester United’s home win over Liverpool in March, “the kind of mechanic coach that says player A pass to player B, player B pass to player C and player C to player D. I’m much more a supporter of preparing the players to decide well and feel the game.” As so often with Mourinho, there was perhaps a coded jibe; this may have been (it’s very hard to know for sure with a man whose every utterance is subjected to intense scrutiny) another sortie in his protracted war of words with Antonio Conte. For the Italian is a manager who has his side practise “automations”, as Eden Hazard calls them. Conte does see the value in practising Continue reading "Forget artist v mechanic: Mourinho and Conte’s midfield duel holds key | Jonathan Wilson"

Man United finishing in second is a sad indictment of the Premier League

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> With the Premier League season coming to an end, Manchester United clinched their spot in second place with 78 points. It’s the most points the Red Devils have earned since the dismissal of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Hats off to Mourinho for this accomplishment. But if a casual football fan sat down and watched an entire United match this season, they’d surely be scratching their heads or falling asleep. At the very least, they’d wonder how they finished so high in the table. It’s a straightforward query: How on earth did Manchester United finish in second place? Yes, they have a squad stocked with talent. But the eyeball test leaves something to be desired.

Playing not to lose

The reality is that Mourinho’s tactics completely revolve around defense. It’s about not conceding goals. Forget about winning. Let’s play not to lose. Unfortunately, for the fans and players, this strategy
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Manchester United assistant manager Rui Faria to leave the club

• José Mourinho’s assistant decides ‘time is right for me to move on’
• Faria has worked with Mourinho for 17 yearsManchester United assistant manager Rui Faria is to leave the club at the end of the season. Faria has worked alongside José Mourinho at Old Trafford since 2016, having also been on his coaching staff during both his spells at Chelsea as well as at Porto, Internazionale and Real Madrid. Continue reading...

Robert Pires would ‘welcome’ unsettled Manchester United attacker at Arsenal

Arsenal hero Robert Pires insists that he would ‘welcome’ unsettled Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial to his former employers in the summer, with the searing Frenchman failing to nail down a consistent starting position in Jose Mourinho’s set-up at Old Trafford. Martial was named in United’s matchday XI on Friday evening against Brighton and Hove […]

José Mourinho blames loss at Brighton on Manchester United bit-part players

  • Mourinho: ‘the players who replaced others did not perform’
  • Manchester United manager says Brighton showed more desire
José Mourinho has pointed to the disjointed displays offered by Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as justification for their bit-part roles this season after Brighton secured a first win over Manchester United since 1982 to confirm top flight survival. Neither Romelu Lukaku nor Alexis Sánchez was fit to feature at the Amex Stadium but Rashford and Martial laboured against Albion, with only David de Gea of the visitors impressing in a mess of a performance. The defeat left the manager questioning whether his players were as desperate as he is to secure a top-two finish. Continue reading...

Mourinho: Now you understand why I don’t start certain players

Following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat away to Brighton, Jose Mourinho was happy to hang the players out to dry. After giving the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial a start, only for them to play poorly, the manager wasn’t surprised that they didn’t come up with the goods.
It was not good enough. The players that replace others didn’t perform at a good level and when individuals don’t perform at a good level, it’s difficult for the team to perform at a good level. Maybe now you understand why some players play more than others and you don’t ask all the time why A, B and C don’t play more. My players, if you ask them, will tell you I told them before the match what was going to happen and I told them at half-time what was going to happen. I knew it. I told them. Of course, Continue reading "Mourinho: Now you understand why I don’t start certain players"