Jose Mourinho could lose Manchester United trio worth £37.4m this summer

Jose Mourinho could lose Manchester United trio worth £37.4m this summer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could lose three midfielders worth £37.4m from the first-team at the end of the season, leaving him incredibly short in a key area with mere weeks to replace them.

Michael Carrick, who joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, has made more than 450 appearances for United but is set to retire this summer.

The 36-year-old has been on the periphery this season, making just three appearances in all competitions, and will join Mourinho’s coaching staff ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. He’s worth just £1m as a result.

United still haven’t made any progress in contract talks with Marouane Fellaini which could result in the £6.4m-rated Belgian international leaving at the end of the season on a free transfer.

Signed from Everton in 2013, the 30-year-old has fallen down the pecking order this season, making only four starts in all competitions for United, and might consider a move away to get more playing time.

Ander Herrera is the third first-team midfielder whose future is uncertain this season. The Spanish international, who joined from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, has struggled to dethrone Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic from the midfield.

Herrera’s been linked with a £30m move to AC Milan, and given the 28-year-old has made just eight Premier League starts this season, it’s possible he could be lured away from Old Trafford.

It’s bad news for Mourinho, as the 2018 summer transfer window closes before the new season starts, leaving him with less time to replace three midfielders from the squad.

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Video: Demetri Mitchell sends bold message to Jose Mourinho

Demetri Mitchell‘s superb start to life on loan at Hearts continued on Sunday with a sublime finish to compliment his third ‘Man of the Match’ performance in under a month.

The youngster was handed his senior debut for Manchester United back in May against Crystal Palace and impressed with a diligent, energetic display at left-back.

He joined Hearts on loan over the January transfer window and has looked right at home from the start, claiming three ‘Man of the Match’ performances in just five outings.

And he capped off a swift counter-attacking move against St Johnstone with a scintillating strike to claim his first goal for the fifth placed Scottish Premiership side.

Most of the noise following that 2-0 win over Palace surrounded Josh Harrop, who claimed a superb goal on his first and only senior appearance for United, but the real star of the show that day was Mitchell.

He performed fearlessly and seemed to relish the challenge, bursting across the surface in a kind of calculated, ineffaceable frenzy that led to many suggesting he would factor in Jose Mourinho’s plans for the 2017/18 campaign.

But his decision to join Hearts following an impressive first half of the campaign under Ricky Spragia – during which he didn’t miss a single game – is proving to be the right one. And while Mourinho goes searching for reinforcements at left-back over the summer, one part of the solution could be sitting right under his nose.

Mourinho explains why he substituted this Man Utd star during defeat to Newcastle

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has explained why he bizarrely substituted Paul Pogba during the defeat to Newcastle United.

The two clubs clashed in the Premier League fixture on Sunday afternoon and it was the Magpies who came away with the 1-0 along with all three points.

Fans were frustrated with many aspects of the game but were particularly upset with the decision to substitute one of their key players when United clearly needed more firepower to try to win.

Some supporters pointed out that Pogba was possible injured as he seemed to struggle during the match and there was a little worry in the pre-match warm-up.

However, Mourinho has since denied that the Frenchman was injured and offered a different reason for why he took him off the field.

According to Football365, Jose said to Sky Sports: “I wanted a better way to come out in the first phase against a team that was defending in a very compact block.

“I was trying that with the simplicity of Michael Carrick because he tries to make everything simple and bring Alexis close to an area to Lukaku where he could be like a second striker to try to win the game.”

The Portuguese manager’s explanation possibly makes things worse, not better and adds more confusion to the already puzzling situation.

With the Red Devils 1-0 down, Jose Mourinho opted to bring in the likes of Michael Carrick and Scott McTominay on the field when it was so clear that the team needed more attacking impetus.

Many fans questioned the former Chelsea boss’s tactics in the first place, wondering why he insists on using a 4-2-3-1 formation when the 4-3-3 so clearly suits Paul Pogba more.

Manchester United played a few times with the latter formation and it always seemed to bring out the best of the team as well as the former Juventus man.

Mourinho target prefers Man City, Man Utd ready to make him their highest earner

Mourinho target prefers Man City, Man Utd ready to make him their highest earner – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been linked with a move away from the club in the recent weeks.

Apparently, Zinedine Zidane is prepared to sell the player at the end of this season following a series of underwhelming performances.

The Spaniard has been left out of the squad a few times already this season and he might have to switch clubs in order to play more often.

As per the reports, Manchester City and Manchester United are keeping tabs on the player.

Jose Mourinho wants to add more creativity to his side and is ready to pay big money for the Real Madrid playmaker.

Don Balon adds that Mourinho is prepared to shell out 150 million Euros for the Real Madrid midfielder. Apparently, Mourinho is ready to make him the highest paid player in the squad along with Paul Pogba.

However, there is a feeling that Isco prefers to join Manchester City because of Pep’s style of football. Considering David Silva’s age, Isco could be a very good addition to the City squad. He could be the long-term replacement for the Manchester City legend.

Similarly, he would be a terrific addition to the United side as well. It will be interesting to see where he ends up at the end of this season.

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Jose Mourinho confirms injuries to two important Man United players

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera both missed Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United with muscle injuries.

Reports claimed during the week that Rashford had picked up an injury during last weekend’s win over Huddersfield Town and would be closely monitored by medical staff.

The source of Herrera’s injury is less clear but the Spaniard, following a 20 minute cameo against Tottenham Hotspur a few days earlier, wasn’t included in the squad against Huddersfield.

And Mourinho has confirmed that the pair were absent at St James’ Park as they continue to recover full fitness, noting he didn’t know when they would return.

Herrera’s performances have mainly frustrated supporters this season but his tenacious, warrior-like influence in the middle would have come in handy against Jonjo Shelvey, who was fantastic for the hosts, as Paul Pogba sauntered around the pitch with an injury clearly holding back and Nemanja Matic was left stranded.

United have proven time and time again this season that their best performances come with a midfield trio and Herrera, with Marouane Fellaini injured until late March, needs to prove to his boss that he can consistently deliver alongside Matic and Pogba, giving the latter a chance to play down the left channel and impact games going forward.

Jose Mourinho disappointed with how Manchester United conceded against Newcastle United

Jose Mourinho has expressed his frustration at the way Manchester United conceded in the second half during their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Chris Smalling, who was already causing supporters to melt in fury with a dire performance, produced a truly awful dive inside his own half to hand the hosts a free kick.

The ball sailed to the far post and, for reasons that remain unclear, Paul Pogba refused to jump and Dwight Gayle was able to nudge the knock-down in Matt Richie’s direction and the midfielder duly slid the ball home.

And Mourinho, when asked about the goal, didn’t want to discuss the dive that led to the goal but insisted his side had to do better recovering the second ball.

It was, in many ways, a microcosm of the 90 minutes overall: Smalling producing unnecessary blunders, Pogba clearly hampered by injury and completely absent as a result, Newcastle wanting it a bit more, and United ultimately drifting. Once again.

There were moments when, after Anthony Martial and then Alexis Sanchez went incredibly close, United could have pushed the knife in at St James’ Park and made their dominance count.

But they did the opposite, coasting through the game and allowing the hosts to deliver the ultimate sucker punch. And with Sevilla, Chelsea and Liverpool coming up, this needs to serve as a big lesson.

Jose Mourinho blames one player for Newcastle winner vs Man United

Pogba

Jose Mourinho has hit out at Paul Pogba in an interview after Manchester United’s latest loss.

The Red Devils lost to Newcastle by a one goal margin, and the United boss aimed the dig at Pogba without naming him, noting that one player – Pogba – lost the challenge in the air, and then the goal happened.

“We train, we work, we organise… and the players have their individual jobs when they defend zonal. 

“The players they know there are responsibilities but I am pretty sure you already watch that goal on TV a few times, I didn’t. 

“So you know more than me and you know who lost the challenge in the air, you know clearly that so I think it is bad if you put me in a position where I have to criticise a player. 

“By yourself you make your own analysis.”

Pogba had a poor game and was once again taken off – and even appeared to be limping through the mixed zone following the game, sparking fears the player could well be injured and that he may miss the upcoming games.

Smalling

The one player who many decided was at fault however was Chris Smalling, who had a terrible game – and it was said defender who Mourinho actually defended following the game, and made it clear he thinks defenders have to give away fouls at some point – and it seems that the main annoyance for the United boss was actually that the side managed to lose balls in the air – something they simply don’t expect and something the manager will not accept.

He added: “A defender has to concede free-kicks now and again.

“It was an intuitive thing. Players [who do it] in the box deserve a card more than [Chris] Smalling in that situation. ‘Clearly I know we lost the duel in the air and it’s difficult to accept that.”

Mourinho blames this incident for reason Newcastle beat Man Utd

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has tried to explain exactly why Newcastle managed to beat his side 1-0 in the Premier League.

A win was absolutely crucial for his team and while closing the gap on Manchester City would’ve been nice, it had more to do with creating a gap of their own on the teams below.

United headed into the fixture firm favourites with many expecting a routine win but it was Rafael Benitez’s men who managed to get all three points.

Mourinho will certainly be furious with players for slipping up but perhaps he should also pay attention to his own decisions too.

His insistence on playing the 4-2-3-1 formation has increasingly frustrated fans who believe a 4-3-3 suits the team better but it was something else that Jose blamed for the result.

To be fair to the Portuguese manager the Red Devils did have chances to win the game themselves with Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez both failing to convert.

Both players are typically clinical finishers but their inability to score ultimately foreshadowed what was to come as Newcastle grabbed a goal of their own.

Paul Pogba was the focus of the media as he seemed to struggle throughout the match before eventually being substituted despite Manchester United needing an equaliser.

The Frenchman seemed to pick up a knock in the pre-match warm-up but Jose Mourinho has since denied those claims which makes the substitution even stranger.

United will have to quickly put the result behind them though if they wish to remain in the Champions League spots otherwise their season will quickly unravel.

Jose Mourinho explains why Man United failed to score against Newcastle

Jose Mourinho has noted that Manchester United wouldn’t have been able to score against Newcastle United in ten hours of play after suffering a 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park.

Anthony Martial spurned a one-on-one opportunity to put the visitors ahead in the first half before Alexis Sanchez fluffed his lines after rounding Martin Dubravka.

And Man United were eventually made to pay for their wastefulness as Matt Ritchie stoked home after some terrible defending at a set-piece.

Speaking after the game, Mourinho implied that United had ‘one of those’ days where the ball just wouldn’t go in.

“We could be here 10 hours and we wouldn’t score a goal. That’s the feeling,” he said.

“Anthony in the first and in the second half Alexis with an open goal. Then we have situations. The goal is a mistake. Long distance free kick we lose the first ball in the air because we didn’t compete and then we lost the second ball. Newcastle fight.

“I loved the way Newcastle fought for 90 minutes and I loved the way my players fought for the last 25 minutes to change the result.”

You felt during the game that United, for all their control, were playing at a speed just a few percentage points below what was needed to truly take Newcastle apart. The contrast in attacking zip and precision with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur was once again there to see.

Even so, United carved out plenty of chances. Good chances. So perhaps talk of United’s structural approach is being slightly overplayed.

But what once again came back to haunt them, as it so often did last season, was some kind of psychological block in front of goal – especially when they fell behind – and Mourinho doesn’t seem to be any closer to solving that problem.