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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.

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


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.


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.”

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.

Jose Mourinho provides Paul Pogba update following Newcastle defeat

Jose Mourinho has insisted that Paul Pogba wasn’t carrying an injury during Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.

The Frenchman appeared to wince in pain after taking a shot in the warm-up at St James’ Park and, having spoken to Rui Faria, went back down the tunnel.

Pogba played nonetheless but he clearly didn’t look anywhere his best, ambling through the game and hardly ever producing a decisive touch, and was hooked off for Michael Carrick soon after his failure to compete at a set-piece allowed Newcastle to score.

But Mourinho, when asked about whether Pogba was carrying an injury, paused for a second – clearly thinking hard about what to say next – before replying: “No, no problems.”

Mourinho’s laconic response, along with the pause that preceded it, tells you that something is awry.

But that much was painfully clear on the pitch anyway. Pogba begun the game clearly limping and, aside from a few nice touches in the first half, descended quickly into anonymity – unable, or perhaps unwilling, to win 50/50s, leaving Nemanja Matic with a thankless and overwhelming task.

One obvious rule of thumb at the highest level is that anybody not at 100 per cent shouldn’t be on the pitch – especially against a Newcastle side described as ‘animals’ by Mourinho in the aftermath. And Pogba, needless to say, was nowhere near that.

Jose Mourinho is plagued by a horrible Newcastle curse

Newcastle United 1 – Manchester United 0

Can Manchester City just be crowned champions already?

Man United blew it once again on Sunday away at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez’s side picked up an enormous three points thanks to a 1-0 win over the Red Devils.

The hero for the Magpies was midfielder Matt Ritchie. He drilled home a left footed shot after Chris Smalling gave away a penalty for diving.

The win have boosted Newcastle’s hopes of beating the drop.

Jose Mourinho is cursed against Newcastle

One of the craziest stats in football continued at St James’ Park on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho struggles at Newcastle and always has done. In fact it seems like he’s cursed!

The Special One’s overall record at St James’ Park is:

Played: 7

Drawn: 3

Lost:  4

As a visiting manager, Jose Mourinho has a better record at the Camp Nou, Old Trafford, Emirates, Anfield and Etihad than at St. James’ Park.

Full breakdown of Jose Mourinho’s rubbish record at Newcastle United

Newcastle United 1 – Chelsea 1. May 15, 2005. This was on the final day of the 2004/2005 season with Chelsea having already wrapped up the Premier League title. A 33rd minute Geremi own goal was levelled up two minutes later by a Frank Lampard penalty.

Newcastle United 1 – Chelsea 0. February 20, 2005. Newcastle dumped Chelsea out the FA Cup thanks to a Patrick Kluivert goal. Mourinho made a triple change at half-time but saw his players succumb to injury and red card. Chelsea finished the game with nine men on the pitch.

Newcastle United 0 – Chelsea 0. April 22, 2007. A strong Chelsea side failed to find a way past Newcastle United late on in the 2006/2007 season.

Newcastle United 2 – Chelsea 0. November 2, 2013. Yoann Gouffran and Loic Remy were on target for Newcastle. Even by this point, the English media were pointing out that Jose Mourinho had never won at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United 2 – Chelsea 1. December 6, 2014. Chelsea had come into this match on a 23-game unbeaten run. Papiss Cisse scored twice in the second half. Didier Drogba pulled one back late on after Steven Taylor had been sent off.

Newcastle United 2 – Chelsea 2. September 26, 2015. Chelsea battled back to grab a point. Ayoze Perez and Giogrinio Wijnaldum scored for the Toon. Ramires and Willian scored in the final 11 minutes.

Also see: Chris Smalling was an idiot, Newcastle were robbed.

Graeme Souness destroys Paul Pogba before Newcastle.

Jose Mourinho not getting the best out of Pogba, claims Joleon Lescott

Jose Mourinho isn’t getting the best out of Manchester United’s starman Paul Pogba, according to Joleon Lescott.

Pogba has been one of Man United’s best players this season, despite being ruled out for some time through injury and suspension over three separate spells.

Signed for a then-world record £89m from Serie A side Juventus, Pogba’s return to Old Trafford was underwhelming for the majority of the last campaign, but some of the Frenchman’s performances this time out have been wonderful.

Former-Manchester City defender Lescott criticised Mourinho’s habit of changing Pogba’s role in the side frequently.

“Playing him in one position to allow him to enhance United’s performances would help him,” Lescott said on the Sky Sports show The Debate, “I don’t they are doing at the moment.

“One week he’s playing one role, then he’s playing a deeper role or a wider role.”

Pogba has faced heavy criticism since rejoining United. His huge transfer fee, though it now seems minimal given the fees for players in the summer that followed, was brought up constantly during his first season.

Changing his position is “not helping him as he faces a lot of criticism due to his price tag,” Lescott continued.

“It would help him if he knew where he was going to play for the next few weeks and then he can perfect that position.

“He can play a defensive role but those types of players don’t enjoy it as much. You won’t get the best out of him. As a player, the more comfortable you feel in a position the better you’ll perform.”

Jose Mourinho: Pep Guardiola ‘cries’

Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola

On the front page of the sports section in this weekend’s Sunday Times, there’s a new bout of Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola.

This week it’s Mourinho turn to again take a swipe at the Man City boss.

Mourinho has thrown thinly-veiled shade in Guardiola’s direction, saying he doesn’t “cry” about his opponents fouling his players.

The comment was raised in the context of Alexis Sanchez receiving a league high 13 fouls vs Huddersfield last weekend. The Special One remarked:

Maybe his manager needs to cry a little bit more…Maybe I have to cry a little bit to protect my players.

I don’t like the word ‘protect’ because it looks like they have to protect only the top players – but everyone on the pitch is the same.

Man City 5 – Leicester 1

If only they could give hand Man City the Premier League title now…

The Sky Blues claimed another three points on Saturday beating Leicester 5-1.

Raheem Sterling opened after three minutes, while Sergio Aguero stole the headlines with four goals against the Foxes.

Kevin De Bruyne stole the show, however, as the Belgian registered a hat-trick of assists.

Newcastle United vs Man United

Rafa Benitez’s struggling Newcastle United side welcome Manchester United to St James’ Park this weekend. The visitors haven’t lost away to Newcastle since 2012.

An incredible 31 points separate the two sides ahead of kick off with Man United fighting to stay in the top four whereas Newcastle are battling against relegation.

The Magpies are without a win in their last 5 whilst United have dropped points just once, in 2018.

Newcastle took the lead at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture before a rampant United side responded with four goals to claim all three points.

Its likely to be a similar result this time around in the North East as Newcastle haven’t won at home (in the league) since October.

Also see: Sergio Aguero vs Mohamed Salah vs Harry Kane betting tips: Premier League top goalscorer odds.

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