Mourinho Plans Contract Extension At Manchester United

The Manager of the Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is said to be ready to finally reach the final agreement with the club on a contract extension.

The contract is said to keep him to the close of 2021.

The information has been that there has been progress in the discussion as regards him staying at the Old Trafford for more years adding to the previous three years the Portuguese signed which is said to be out by June 2019.

‘Manchester united is a great club and I want to take the club to the height and class they belong to and yes my commitment to them is total and and final’ said the 54 year old who also disclaim the rumours of him leaving the club.

Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season in charge, though United finished sixth in the league.
They currently sit second, 12 points behind local rivals Manchester City, and are in the Champions League last 16 and FA Cup fourth round.

“I Was Not Happy With His Last Performances,”- Mourinho Says About Mkhitaryan

“I was not happy with his last performances,” said Mourinho. “And I am not talking about one or two. I am talking about three, four or five. He started this season very well and after that, step by step, he was disappearing.

“His performance level — in terms of goalscoring, assists, high pressing, receiving the ball high up the pitch, bringing the team with him as a number 10 — were decreasing step by step.

“And there was a time that was enough. The others, they work to have a chance. Everybody works to have a chance so it’s as simple as that.”

Jose Mourinho has offered a scathing analysis of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s drop in form as the Manchester United manager explained why the midfielder has been exiled from his squad recently.

The Armenian is expected to be recalled to the matchday squad for Saturday’s Premier League game with Brighton after being out of contention altogether for the past two games.

Mkhitaryan last started for United, and turned in a lacklustre display, in the defeat against Chelsea at the start of the month and, Mourinho explained, that was the final straw for the manager.

Mkhitaryan has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since his arrival in a £26 million ($35 million, 29 million euros) deal from Borussia Dortmund in 2016.

He found himself banished from Mourinho’s league line-up for well over two months early last season after a dismal display in their 2-1 derby defeat to City.

But he appeared to have won over his biggest critic — Mourinho — with some impressive performances as United won the Europa League and clinched Champions League football.

Manchester Can Win Champions League – Mourinho

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says there’ll be no underestimating Champions League opponents Benfica tonight.

Mourinho is convinced Benfica will be desperate on the night.

He said: “If Benfica loses, they will be left out, if they win, they will stay in the fight, if they draw, they will be fighting for the Europa League and with a Champions League team Benfica would be one of the strongest in the Europa League.”

Asked about Benfica’s absentees Luisão and André Almeida, Mourinho scoffed.

“I’m missing Zlatan, Pogba, Fellaini, Rojo … If I could have my players and Benfica have André Almeida and Luisão… but I do not go there.”

The United manager also insisted they could win the Champions League this season.

“We can win the Champions League, Porto were not favorites and they won, Inter were not favorites and they won, Real were favorites and they lost three semi-finals. Anything can happen.”

Meanwhile, Benfica coach Rui Vitoria still believes they can upset United tonight.

“In football, there are difficult games, but we already have enough examples to prove that it is not impossible, it will be a difficult opponent, a difficult game, I would not come if I did not believe it,” he said.

“As long as there are points in contention, conformism is not part of my dictionary.”

Mourinho, Shaw Not On Speaking Terms

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Luke Shaw is almost non-existent, it is claimed.

The Times says Mourinho and the English left back’s relationship has deteriorated, sparking speculation he’s on his way out of Old Trafford.

The duo is no longer speaking as the 22-year-old battles for a game-time despite returning from injury two months ago.

In that time he’s been used just twice off the bench by Mourinho – most recently for three minutes in United’s easy win at Swansea on Tuesday night.

Shaw needs to play to convinced Gareth Southgate he’s worth taking to Russia 2018 and may have to leave to do that.

Luke Shaw Fears Man Utd Career Is Over

Luke Shaw fears his Manchester United career is over.

Reporters says England fullback Shaw believes his break down in relations with manager Jose Mourinho has effectively ended his United career.

The left-back made his second senior appearance of the season last night – coming on for the last four minutes vs Swansea with the game already won.

And he is now said to be considering his options, although a permanent move in January remains unlikely.

Tottenham have been mooted as a potential destination.

 

 

Source: Tribal Football

5 Lessons Learnt From Premier League Last Weekend

Manchester City went five points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 3-0 win at home to Burnley coupled with a shocking 2-1 loss for Manchester United against Huddersfield.

Tottenham maintained their title challenge with a 4-1 win against Liverpool at Wembley while, in more bad news for Merseyside, Arsenal added to the growing pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman with a 5-2 away victory that sent the Toffees into the relegation zone.

Here are five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend:

Mourinho pays for halting United momentum

Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on October 21, 2017.

Heading into their game at Liverpool last weekend, Manchester United were flying, their six wins in seven Premier League games – and 21 goals — leaving them joint-top with Manchester City. But despite Liverpool’s struggles, manager Jose Mourinho opted for a cautious approach that saw his side come away from Anfield with a goalless draw. They’ve not looked the same team since. After toiling to a 1-0 win against Benfica in the Champions League, United came crashing to earth in an error-strewn 2-1 defeat at promoted Huddersfield Town. Mourinho slammed his players’ attitude afterwards but, having gambled with his team’s momentum, he also shares responsibility for the gap between United and City.

Aguero back in the groove

Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (2L) celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot, marking his 177th goal for the club, during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on October 21, 2017.

Just 23 days after suffering a broken rib in a car crash in Amsterdam, the Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero claimed a record-equalling strike in the leaders’ 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday. When Aguero was injured following the taxi accident it was initially feared he would be sidelined for several months, but the Argentinian recovered quicker than expected and made his first start since then to help shatter Burnley’s stubborn resistance. The 29-year-old equalled Eric Brook’s City goalscoring record with a 30th-minute penalty as he put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead with his 177th goal for the club.

Liverpool defence needs urgent work

Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivorian defender Serge Aurier during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK

Jurgen Klopp admitted it himself after Liverpool’s 4-1 thrashing at Tottenham Hotspur – his team’s defending was “bad, bad, bad” and it is only getting worse. Having been overwhelmed 5-0 by Manchester City last month, Liverpool has conceded more goals at this stage of the season (16) than at any time since 1964. With the January transfer window a long way away, Klopp must school his current defenders on the training ground if Liverpool’s hopes of a top-four finish –- let alone a title challenge –- are to survive the English winter.

Batshuayi Chelsea’s unlikely hero

Chelsea’s Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi (R) celebrates his second, and the team’s fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge in London on October 21, 2017.

With 19 minutes left at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Chelsea was on the verge of a third successive league defeat as Watford held onto a shock 2-1 lead. It was the kind of dire situation that prompted Chelsea fans to pray for a moment of magic from Eden Hazard or Alvaro Morata, but instead, it was the much-maligned Batshuayi who rescued the Blues. Meeting Pedro’s cross with a bullet header, Batshuayi bagged Chelsea’s crucial 71st-minute equaliser 10 minutes after coming off the bench and scored again in stoppage-time to seal the points after Cesar Azpilicueta got the third. In a matter of minutes, the Belgian striker, often criticised for his poor performances, had gone from zero to hero, keeping his team’s title defence afloat in the process.

Money not buying Everton success

Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (C) plays the ball under pressure from Everton’s English midfielder Jonjoe Kenny (L) during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north-west England on October 22, 2017.

Everton may have spent some £150 million ($198 million, 168 million euros) on new players during the last transfer window but a big outlay has never been a guarantee of instant success and a 5-2 loss at home to Arsenal left the Toffees in the relegation zone. New players need time to gel together but now the question the Everton board must decide is whether former Southampton manager Koeman is still the right man to oversee that process. A shout of “Taxi for Koeman” from the crowd at Goodison Park during Sunday’s loss did not bode well for the Dutchman’s future on Merseyside.

Source: AFP

I’ve Been Judged Harshly – Mourinho

Jose Mourinho says he is judged by a different set of standards from his rival managers in the Premier League because of his previous successes but insists that criticism does not upset him.

The Manchester United manager was widely criticised for his approach in grinding out a goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend.

The approach was compared, unfavourably, to that of Pep Guardiola, whose league leaders Manchester City have been playing a scintillating brand of football, beating Stoke 7-2 on the same day.

But a midweek Champions League win at Benfica stretched United’s unbeaten start to the campaign to a dozen games, 10 of them victories, and Mourinho, whose side had been scoring freely before the Liverpool match, believes he has become a victim of his own success.

“I think it’s my fault because people are used to my teams getting good results and winning titles,” said Mourinho.

“Other people have more time than I have. Other people have different standards than I have and that’s not a problem for me at all.

“We are going to lose matches, that’s obvious, and I can imagine we are going to have even more criticism than we have now.”

Mourinho, whose side lie second in the Premier League table, two points behind Manchester City after eight matches, said the criticism was not a problem for him.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

“In relation to the last match, speaking about the Champions League I would like to know — because I don’t know — when United last won two consecutive matches away?

“I would like to know the last time United won nine points from three matches in the Champions League? We are doing OK.”

Mourinho found himself unwittingly embroiled in a war of words with Antonio Conte this week after his comments that certain managers complain about injuries to key players were relayed to the Chelsea manager, who responded angrily.

“I don’t speak to him. I don’t know why he speaks to me. That’s no problem,” said Mourinho, whose team travel to Huddersfield on Saturday.

“Maybe it’s not his fault. Maybe it’s the journalists’ fault when probably they’ve passed him a wrong message.

“I know what I said after the match, which is the reality. There are managers all over the world that, by philosophy, they prefer to speak about injuries, prefer to try to find excuses of a hypothetical failure based on injuries.

“I moan and cry about other things. I moan about the fixtures, moan about no time to rest. I moan about why I don’t understand why we play Saturday after Wednesday when we should play Sunday.”

Veteran forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is making progress in his recovery from surgery on a knee ligament injury and is expected to return before the end of the calendar year while Mourinho said he was unsure when Paul Pogba would be back in action.

“I’m Afraid Of My Retirement” – Cesc

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits he fears retirement.

Speaking with News reporter, Cesc concedes he is determined to play for as long as he can.

He explained: “I’m afraid of my retirement, I still feel in good shape, both physical and mental, but I know it’s going to be one of the saddest days of my life.”

Cesc was also asked about his relationship with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.

“He was my enemy when he was coaching Real Madrid or Chelsea, do not get me wrong, but to compete I wanted to beat him. From there I became his player at Chelsea and went with him to death. I learned a lot, I have a very positive memory of him.”

 

 

Mourinho Say’s His Team Is Better Than Last Year

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the team are better than they were last year, playing down injury concerns as he prepares for a blockbuster Premier League clash against Liverpool.

The High-flying United travel to face their fierce rivals at Anfield on Saturday looking to maintain a rich vein of form that leaves them trailing Manchester City only on goal difference at the top of the table.

Mourinho had a mixed first season at Old Trafford, finishing a disappointing sixth in the League but winning the Europa League and League Cup.

But big-money summer signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have impressed in the early weeks of the season, enabling United to keep pace with free-scoring City.

“I think we are a better team (than we were),” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “You can say like some people do, we have not played one of the top five teams but last season we did not beat West Ham at home, last season we did not beat Everton at home or Southampton away.

“I think it would be unfair to say (Romelu) Lukaku and (Nemanja) Matic did not make an impact. We have to admit that and give them what they deserve.

“But also the team give Matic and Lukaku the conditions to arrive the way they have.

“Globally we are a better team. Does that mean we are going to be as successful as last season, winning two titles? I don’t know. But we are better.”

Mourinho, already without France midfielder Paul Pogba, shrugged off the loss of muscular midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who suffered a knee injury while on international duty for Belgium.

Asked about the Fellaini injury, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “No blow, no problem. We don’t cry with injuries. We may cry with the process that leads to the injuries but we don’t cry with the injuries. We just trust the players that are going to play.”

United have also had concerns over the fitness of striker Lukaku, who has netted 11 times since his move from Everton, but he came off the bench and scored in Belgium’s 4-0 win over Cyprus on Tuesday.

Mourinho said he was relishing the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who have struggled in recent weeks and are seventh in the table and have injury problems of their own, with forwarding Sadio Mane out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

The Portuguese manager said he was relishing the trip to Anfield, where United played out a 0-0 draw last season.

“I like to play against the best teams, I like to play against the best clubs and I like to play at the best stadiums — the stadiums with more history,” said Mourinho.

“At Anfield, I’ve had great moments and I’ve had bad moments,” he added. “They have had happiness against me, they have had very sad moments against me.

“(Now) if they respect me as much as I respect them, we are going to have another one of those matches.”

Mourinho Convinced On Ibrahimovic Returns

Manchester United management believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be back in action this month.

Ibrahimovic has been out of action since damaging his knee during Manchester United’s 2-1 Europa League win over Anderlecht back in April.

Yesterday, reports suggested that Ibrahimovic may be fit and ready to start the club’s Premier League clash with Arsenal in December.

Report says Zlatan Ibrahimovic may return this month in what would surely be one of the biggest shocks of the season.

So serious was the Swede’s injury that many feared for his career.

But now Ibrahimovic is said to be two to three weeks away from making a return – in news that will boost Jose Mourinho

 

 

Mourinho Lament On Fellaini Absence

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he hopes Marouane Fellaini is not missed after the Belgian midfielder was ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow through injury.

Fellaini did not travel for the Group A game in Moscow after being caught on the back of his ankle by Shane Long during United’s 1-0 win at Southampton on Saturday.

United are also without midfielders Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick and Mourinho suggested Craig Pawson, who refereed the match at Southampton, would have sent Long off had he had a better view of the incident.

“For me, Craig Pawson is one of the big refereeing talents in England,” Mourinho told reporters at CSKA’s VEB Arena on Tuesday.

“He had an amazing game in my opinion. He was so calm, so much in control. He had a great performance. After, I watched it on television –- no camera for Craig -– and he made that decision, so decision made.

“Fellaini was lucky. It could be a much worse situation, but in a moment where we don’t have Pogba and Carrick, Marouane becomes even more important than he always is.

“Not to be here tomorrow is a difficult situation for us. But I expect Fellaini not to be out for a long time.

“After Crystal Palace, there is the international break and Belgium was the first team to qualify (for the World Cup), so (they are) not even under pressure for a special big match. So hopefully he will be back for us.”

With Pogba, Fellaini and Carrick all missing, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are Mourinho’s only fit senior central midfielders.

United top Group A on goal difference from CSKA after beating Basel 3-0 in their opening game.