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.

Bristol City Send Man Utd Out Of Carabao Cup

Championship side Bristol City sent English Premier League side Manchester United out of the League Cup on Wednesday, scoring with seconds remaining to beat the holders 2-1.

The other quarter-final matches, Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-1 with goals from Willian and a late strike from Alvaro Morata.

United, second in the Premier League, made 10 changes from their weekend victory against West Brom.

But the Red Devils still boasted a star-studded team including a fearsome front three of Marcus Rashford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial against the second-division high-flyers.

United had midfield general Paul Pogba back in the side after the three-match suspension he picked up against Arsenal earlier this month.

He duly rattled the woodwork twice in the first half, but Bristol were undaunted.

Bristol, who already had three Premier League scalps in the League Cup this season, shocked United in the 51st minute.

Joe Bryan sent a left-foot shot arrowing into the top corner past the despairing dive of Sergio Romero.

But they were ahead for only a few minutes before Ibrahimovic pulled United level after
a free-kick awarded for a foul on Pogba in a central position.

Mourinho threw on even more attackers as he pushed for victory, with Romelu Lukaku replacing Daley Blind while Henrikh Mkhitaryan came on for Ibrahimivoc.

But in spite of pressure from the away side, Bristol held their nerve, taking advantage of some sloppy defensive play from United to score deep into added time through Korey Smith.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea took an early lead through Willian and looked set to coast over the line before a late leveller from Dan Gosling threatened to take the tie into
extra time.

But within seconds the home side were back in front as substitute Morata sealed their place in the semi-finals.

NAN also reports that Manchester City and Arsenal had progressed to the last four on Tuesday. (NAN)

Barcelona, Real Madrid Keen On Signing Mata

Manchester United risk losing Juan Mata at the end of the season.

The Spain international comes off contract in June and is yet to settle on new terms.

Diario Gol says Mata is wanted back in Spain, where Real Madrid and Barcelona are both keen.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is a fan and believes Mata would fit seamlessly into his midfield next season.

Real, meanwhile, are also keen, with Mata a former Castilla player. Real coach Zinedine Zidane has discussed moving for the midfielder with president Florentino Perez.

For his part, Mata is keeping all options open. The veteran is free to sign a pre-contract with any foreign club from January 1.

 

 

Source: Barcalens

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 Canvases For Cesc Fabregas To Join Manchester United

Chelsea is aware of Manchester United’s interest in Cesc Fabregas.

United boss Jose Mourinho, having worked with Cesc at Chelsea, is watching his contract situation as his deal runs down.

The Times says pressure from United may force Chelsea having to break their policy of offering a single year extension to players over 30 for Fabregas to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

Fabregas has 18 months left on his deal and wants to extend, but United’s interest may be enticing.

The 30-year-old has fought for a spot in Antonio Conte’s plans this season amid competition from other midfielders with varying styles.

Fabregas has hinted if he must leave Chelsea, he’d prefer to remain in England after ruling out a return to Barcelona last week.

 

Martial Stars as Manchester United Down Tottenham 1-0

Anthony Martial came off the bench to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win over Premier League title rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Victory saw United, who had started the day ahead of Spurs on goal difference alone, go three points clear of their London rivals.

France international Martial, currently battling to win a regular starting place under Jose Mourinho, did his chances no harm with the manner of his 81st minute winning goal, even if it was a curiously direct affair.

A long kick forward by goalkeeper David De Gea was headed on by Romelu Lukaku and Martial sprinted away from the Spurs back line before calmly beating the keeper with an excellent finish.

It was a disappointing way for Spurs to lose a game and the fact that the London club were without injured leading striker Harry Kane is bound to revive the debate over whether their bid to be crowned champions is too reliant on the England forward.

After being widely criticised for their negative approach in the recent goalless draw at Liverpool, United showed more ambition against another of the division’s top clubs on their own turf, although the result was still a lack of real goalscoring chances and entertainment.

Within two minutes, Lukaku chased onto a through ball and his low, driven cross-shot was well cut out by the alert Hugo Lloris, with Marcus Rashford poised in the middle in front of an open net.

Ashley Young’s penetrating run might have carved out a chance but his drag-back passed through the area and narrowly out of reach of three team mates before a 35-yard Rashford free-kick was turned around the post by the diving goalkeeper.

Spurs, understandably given the absence of Kane, adopted a more cautious approach but grew into the game as the half progressed.

Early chances were limited to long shots — Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko forcing De Gea into simple stops and Toby Alderweireld shooting into the side-netting from outside the area.

But by the time Christian Eriksen floated over ime Christian Eriksen floated over a delightful pass in the direction of Dele Alli, who was denied the chance to volley on goal by two defenders, Spurs looked comfortable.

When Tottenham did create a real chance, it was in bizarre circumstances as De Gea made a routine catch from a Ben Davies cross but collided with Phil Jones and dropped the ball.

– Young and Alli clash –
Alli was alert and passed the ball back to Sissoko who fired well over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Soon, Young and Alli were involved in an altercation, after the United man was accidentally hit in the face by Aurier, with players from both teams squaring off in an incident which breathed much-needed life into the game.

Tottenham reacted first as Alli saw his header, from a Davies corner, blocked by Eric Bailly and then the England midfielder found space for a shot which failed to trouble De Gea.

Another Davies corner again caused problems before De Gea caught Eric Dier’s hooked shot towards goal.

United opened the second half in more committed fashion and, finally, after 54 minutes, the home crowd had something to cheer as the Reds created three quick chances in succession.

A mistake by Davies presented Henrikh Mkhitaryan with an opportunity for a shot which Lloris fumbled. But for Davies atoned for his error with a superb cover-tackle to deny Rashford a simple goal from the rebound.

The attack continued with Ander Herrera setting up Antonio Valencia, whose shot was blocked.

Lukaku then shrugged off Jan Vertonghen before sending a low shot just wide of the goal.

Both teams had chances to break the deadlock shortly before Martial scored the only goal of the game.

Alli flicked agonisingly wide after a brilliant chip forward from Eriksen and Lukaku headed against the post from Jesse Lingard’s cross.

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‘I Returned To Man U To Win The League’ – Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is convinced Manchester United can win the Premier League title this season.

The 36-year-old striker has been out of action since suffering cruciate ligament damage in the Europa League clash with Anderlecht in April.

“I said I will come back to finish what I started,” Ibrahimovic, who signed a new one-year deal with United over the summer and is expected to be available before the end of the year, told reporters.

“Everything I build up from the first season, because obviously, we won the three trophies … the ending for me was not the ending I wanted, or nobody wanted, especially after how the season went.

“The target is the Premier League. That is my target to finish. So everything that I started from the first season, we will finish it in the second one.”

 

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

Bad News For Zlantan’s Fans

Manchester United in expectant of the return of the clubs striker Zlanta Ibrahimovic, recovery for a hamstring injury where he was expected to resume in November but has now being moved further.

Manchester United legend Andy Cole has said it is some bad news for fans of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Cole claims talk of an early return for the Swede is wide of the mark.

The former striker has done some training with the Swede and told manutd.com: “He is doing very good. I had a chat with Zlatan when he was in the gym the other day. I think he is looking forward to coming back, most probably in December or January time. I think he will definitely bring something to the football team, as we already know. After last season, he was fantastic. It will be nice to see him back when he returns.”

Cole still believes the return of Zlatan should be celebrated.

“Yeah, December or January time, of course, it is not bad! But like he keeps saying, he is not human. I love his banter and I think his enthusiasm for the game of football, and what he is around the complex, speaks volumes about 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.”

Man U Alerted On Bale’s Availability

Real Madrid has contacted Manchester United to alert them to Gareth Bale’s availability.

El Confidencial says Bale is in a fight not to exhaust the diplomacy of Zinedine Zidane and the patience of president Florentino Perez due to his lengthy injury list.

Zidane knows that he is a player with whom he cannot count for a third of the season, at best.

There are also concerns from the Spanish side that his love of golf — which he often plays when he has time off — contributes to Bale’s back problems, it is reported.

Manchester United remain keen on Bale, while a return to former club Tottenham has also been mooted.

It is understood that Real Madrid would consider parting ways with Bale, who has won three Champions Leagues in four seasons with the club if they can recoup the £86m they paid Spurs to sign him over four years ago.