Jose Mourinho puts the blame on the midfield after Southampton draw

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that the midfield performance was partly responsible for the club’s 2-2 Premier League draw at Southampton on Saturday. The Red Devils went 2-0 down within the opening 20 minutes of the game but they managed to salvage a point after making a terrific comeback before the half-time whistle.

Thereafter, United never really offered a genuine threat towards the Southampton goal and they eventually had to do with a point, much to the frustration of the fans. Speaking after the game, Mourinho highlighted that the result was a fair one despite his team holding the vast possession in the Premier League encounter.
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TalkSPORT host confirms Manchester United are in talks with Zinedine Zidane

TalkSPORT present Tony Cascarino has revealed that Manchester United have already made contact with Zinedine Zidane regarding the head coach position following their poor start to the 2018/19 campaign. The Red Devils have simply faulted during Jose Mourinho’s third season in charge of the club and they are currently 10th on the table after just seven league games.

As a result, there has been plenty of speculation concerning Mourinho’s position with the club’s hierarchy and according to Cascarino, United are deemed to have already held a dialogue with Zidane regarding the managerial role, he said: “If I’m brutally honest, I think he’ll be gone very soon. I think the talks have already happened and I was led to believe Zidane has already met United from a source that has told me many things over the years that have come true. I think that will happen, and I think it should happen now because United are 10th in the league. Yes, only seven games have gone, but United have served up tripe in the sort of football we have witnessed!”
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Harry Maguire should be Manchester United’s first-choice target – Wes Brown

Former Manchester United star Wes Brown has urged the Red Devils to maintain their pursuit of Leicester City’s Harry Maguire. The 25-year-old only joined the Foxes from Hull City last summer but he has since made immense progress to become a regular with the England for whom he starred at the recent World Cup.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Brown was asked to compare between summer targets Yerry Mina and Maguire to which he replied: “Obviously, he’s [Mina] not played in the Premier League before but he actually did very well in the World Cup. I think Harry Maguire would be first choice but that doesn’t take anything away from Mina who is a good player.” Read More

Barcelona To Listen To Offers For Andre Gomes

Barcelona are open to offers for Andres Gomes, according to reports in Spain. The La Liga giants are willing to release the player to any interested side at the right price. Gomes faces a fight to retain his shirt at the Nou Camp after joining from Valencia for €35+ million plus add-ons in 2016.

Barca had to beat competition from Rea Madrid and others to sign the Portugal international but they seem to not have recouped their investment. In the one year and a half at Barcelona, Gomes has not quite hit the target expected of him. Read More

IBRAHIMOVIC: A GOOD ALTERNATIVE OR AN UTTER WASTE

Manchester United are in talks to renew former PSG forward Zlatan Ibramovich contract in an ensuing second half of the season says the Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho.


“He wants more at football’s highest level. So we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season.”

The erstwhile Swedish skipper is recuperating from a knee-ligament damage he sustained in April in the Europa League win over Anderlecht and will be declared fit in December by the United’s medical team.

“He’s injured, he needs time to recover. He was very clear by showing that what he did last year was not enough for him – he thinks he can do more,” added Mourinho.

The former PSG star scored an impressive 28 goals out of 46 appearances in all competition for the Red Devils.

Ibrahimovic would provide Manchester United with another “good alternative” up front this season, according to Stuart Pearce. Read More

STOCKHOLM’S CRIPPLE EFFECT VALIDATES UNITED’S TOUGH SEASON

It was supposed to be the closing ceremony yet, the moment off-duty players joined the squad, an eerie appearance of players limping around must have crossed majority’s mind.


News conference reporters have had a lot of fun time triggering mockery-stamped excuses from Mourinho. They are a fun to watch they tell you. Granted, the Portuguese can sometimes make life hard for himself with that ever razor blade mouth of his that fights tooth and nail to divert his team’s performance away from the press.

If he is not talking about his favourite subject of referees, he is taking a dig at rival managers’ nerves in an endless bid to hit it as hard as possible, make them loose concentration of their respective teams.

Words still have seen the Portuguese cry foul over the number of matches they been made to play in a calendar season a move that never see him cease to take a nick at how Chelsea and Liverpool have it easy due to the duos lack of European engagements as if United where under a loaded barrel forcing them to keep winning matches and advancing deeper into the later stages of the European and domestic cups. Read More

INJURIES RAVAGE MANCHESTER DERBY

The Manchester derby on Thursday would see a depleted number of soccer stars in action as both teams have several injured players.


United summer signing Paul Pogba has joined the list of players that would be missing in action, according to reports. The French star was expected to play a dominant role as fellow summer addition Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up a long term injury in a Europa League clash. He joins the host of stars on the sidelines for the game. Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones remain injured but Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera are fit to play.

Manchester United defeated Burnley on Sunday to go fifth on the log. They are a point behind Man City as the fight for the top four intensifies. Coach Jose Mourinho has hinted at the possibility of playing a second-string team as he prioritizes the continental affair. He said the injury crisis and tough schedule would force his hands. It might also be a ploy to take the pressure off the side. They recently defeated Chelsea, and have managed to get results against big teams this term. Read More

SAHA: UNITED WILL MISS MKHITARYAN AND CARRICK IN EFL CUP FINAL

Former United striker Louis Saha has said that the club would miss the pair of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick ahead of their EFL Cup final clash with Southampton.


Manchester United enjoyed a narrow win over St Etienne but they left with the two players in doubt for the final on Sunday as they limped from the pitch.
Whilst he believes that the team would be able to survive the absence of the players, he adds that the team would surely miss their impact.

“It will definitely make a difference because they are two important players in terms of getting the right balance between attack and defense. But United show they are still very capable of finding solutions and the actual strength of the team is balance, it’s a really balanced team now,” Saha said ahead of the duel.

Saha says he hopes that both stars would be okay before the final to help Coach Jose Mourinho guarantee his first title at Old Trafford. Read More

MOURINHO SET TO GET BUSY IN TRANSFER MARKET

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho is set to get busy in the transfer market when the window opens in January, according to reports.


Several out-of-favour players are set to seek new employers and the Portuguese tactician is poised not to stand in the way of any of such players.

The likely players to exit the team are Dutchman Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Mourinho wants the players to reach the decision themselves and would be wiling to offer them even to Premier League rivals,

“I am always open to listen to offers for every player. More than listen to offers, I am always ready to listen to the players themselves. So any player who knocks on my door and is not happy and wants a move, when the offers are correct, I will never stop a player from leaving even if it is to a rival,” Mourinho said. Read More