José Mourinho says Manchester City’s TV series shows they lack class

• United manager infuriated by appearances in City documentary
• Mourinho defends David de Gea and says new deal is imminentJosé Mourinho has criticised Manchester City over their new documentary All or Nothing, accusing the club of lacking class and respect. “If you are a rich club you can buy all the top players but you cannot buy class,” the Manchester United manager said. “I haven’t seen the movie [sic] but I know a few things about it and that is my first reaction.” Mourinho is a well-known controversialist and far from averse to attacks on other clubs and the way they go about their business, though in this case he may have a point. As United manager he features in Amazon’s behind-the-scenes docu‑series far more than might be expected in what is purportedly a documentary about City’s title-winning season; there is even footage of him in Continue reading "José Mourinho says Manchester City’s TV series shows they lack class"

Brighton v Manchester United: match preview

The omens favour Brighton, who have won their past two home games against Manchester United, 1-0 at the Amex in May to secure their Premier League status and by the same margin, thanks to Peter Ward, in November 1982. The odds, however, remain very much in the favour of José Mourinho’s side and they should have Romelu Lukaku available after his World Cup exertions and Jesse Lingard is in the squad. Brighton will be without their captain Bruno, who injured a hamstring during the defeat at Watford, and are expected to make several changes. “If we look at our starting lineup last weekend we had one new player starting; others will be introduced over a period of time,” Chris Hughton said. With a trip to Liverpool coming up next week, they need to get some points on the board. Mark Tallentire Sunday 4pm Sky Sports Premier League Continue reading...

José Mourinho: I’ve never been so happy with Pogba as I am now

• Manager insists he has full support of France midfielder
• ‘I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him’José Mourinho has claimed to be enjoying his strongest ever working relationship with Paul Pogba, with the Manchester United manager praising the France midfielder for his application since returning from the World Cup – pointing in particular to last Friday’s display against Leicester City. Pogba continues to be an issue for Mourinho following the 25-year-old’s comments after that 2-1 win over the Foxes when he claimed he would be fined for “saying certain things”. Compounded by Barcelona’s rejected bid for him and Mourinho’s assertion that Pogba must treat each match for United with the same intensity as those he played for his country at Russia 2018 the pair have been reported to have a difficult relationship. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Chelsea and Arsenal promise goals and flaws, Fulham need to tighten up at Spurs and will sparks fly again when Benítez meets Warnock? With two teams in flux, Chelsea’s derby with Arsenal is a meeting that promises goals. Both sides are vulnerable in defence and dangerous in attack. Although beaten comfortably in the end, Huddersfield exposed Chelsea’s weakness to attacks down the wings last week and Arsenal may aim to do likewise, while David Luiz, in particular, will likely struggle to keep up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the middle. But Chelsea’s midfield thrusters – who could include Eden Hazard from the start as well as N’Golo Kanté in all-new Roving Mode – could wreak havoc at the other end, especially if certain Arsenal midfielders remain dozy when it comes to defensive duties. That is something Unai Emery needs to change and he could start by picking Lucas Torreira instead Continue reading "Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend"

Liverpool and Manchester United to do battle as women’s season kicks off

With Neil Redfearn and Casey Stoney taking charge for the first time, the Continental Tyres League Cup tie at Prenton Park is about much more than M62 bragging rights Neil Redfearn and Casey Stoney will arrive at Prenton Park on Sunday ready to embark on individual, and ambitious, missions to redraw the landscape of women’s football in England. As the new season begins with a round of Continental Tyres League Cup matches, the tie at Tranmere’s home involving Redfearn’s Liverpool and Stoney’s Manchester United is about much more than M62 bragging rights. Continue reading...

Nick Powell refinds his feet at Wigan and stirs a few memories | Ben Fisher

The former Crewe midfielder who won over Sir Alex Ferguson in a matter of minutes is back doing what he does best after his wilderness years at Old TraffordIn a candid interview a couple of years ago, Nick Powell discussed how he felt at being perceived as a lost cause, a maverick and a nuisance. An exceptional talent, his ability has never been doubted but Powell was a player at pains to prove he could reach the heights he was supposed to reach. Described by Sir Alex Ferguson as the heir to Paul Scholes’s throne on joining Manchester United as an 18-year-old, he is playing with a freedom again, enjoying a kind of renaissance at Wigan. Related: Brentford happy to do it their own way in quest for promotion Continue reading...

Is the US falling out of love with European clubs’ summer tours?

The International Champions Cup is still capable of attracting huge crowds in the US, but away from the marquee games, attendances were down Whatever you do, don’t call it pre-season. Meaningless games are now a thing of the past, at least according to the International Champions Cup. Billed as “club football’s premier summer tournament,” this year’s edition was the largest to date, encompassing 18 teams and 27 games played in 22 different cities on three different continents. And yet, the crowd numbers didn’t quite live up to hype. On more than one occasion, swathes of empty seats were visible for games involving some of the world’s biggest clubs. Only 16,000 fans turned up at the 69,000-capacity Heinz Field for a match between Borussia Dortmund and Benfica. A game between Roma and Tottenham in San Diego attracted just 18,800 spectators from a potential capacity of 70,000. The German and English champions, Continue reading "Is the US falling out of love with European clubs’ summer tours?"

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Guendouzi is one of Arsenal’s few reasons to be cheerful, Naby Keïta is a thrilling talent no matter whose shirt he’s wearing, and Richarlison already looks worth the money Wherever Arsène Wenger was watching, he would have approved of Mattéo Guendouzi’s presence at the base of Arsenal’s midfield. The 19-year-old was poached from Lorient, exactly the type of under‑the-radar Francophone deal in which the former manager delighted. Eager and energetic, his tousled locks and upright style make him stand out but, with City interchanging midfield passes at breakneck speed, Unai Emery had exposed him to a heavy workload – neither Granit Xhaka nor Aaron Ramsey showed much dedication to defensive duties. When Raheem Sterling blazed past him to score City’s opener, Guendouzi’s inexperience was exposed but so was neglectful defending from Mesut Özil and Héctor Bellerín. His passing was often chaotic but so was that of his midfield partners, particularly Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Manchester United plan to install director of football after restructuring

• José Mourinho has been unhappy with transfer policy
• It is unclear how Portuguese would react to the move Manchester United are set to appoint the first director of football in their 140-year history, as soon as the current restructure of the club and expansion of facilities are complete. The move will allow United a continuity of football style and ethos as well as a more streamlined transfer policy. It is understood this is also recognition by the hierarchy of the need to modernise in an era when managers are often in situ only for the short term. This can lead to disjointed recruitment and a disconnect between the manager and the executive. Continue reading...

José Mourinho says manager role should be downgraded to ‘head coach’

• Portuguese referred to lack of Manchester United transfers
• Mourinho was speaking after 2-1 win over Leicester City José Mourinho appeared to take aim at Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman, for not sanctioning all of his transfer targets, with the manager saying maybe his title should be downgraded to “head coach”. Related: Luke Shaw scores to cap Manchester United dream start against Leicester Continue reading...