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Juan Mata sends message to Man United supporters following Newcastle defeat

Juan Mata has expressed his dismay after Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.

Jose Mourinho’s men created a litany of chances, with Anthony Martial missing a one-on-one with Martin Dubravka and Alexis Sanchez failing to take advantage of an open goal, before they were made to pay for their sloppiness by Matt Ritchie’s 65th minute goal.

Martial and Michael Carrick both went painfully close to claiming a late equaliser but Newcastle stood firm to register their first win at home since October.

And Mata, writing in his weekly blog, adopted a notably disappointed tone when reflecting on the defeat to Rafa Benitez’s side.

“Unfortunately this is one of those days when you don’t feel in the best mood to update your blog, neither do you to read it,” he wrote.

“It’s not easy to write after a defeat. The truth is, after losing an away game you think a lot about it on your way back home. You remember every play, every moment, and you try to change the outcome but obviously that’s impossible.

“You can’t turn back time, so the only way to carry on is to turn all this rage into a desire to win, work and attitude for the next game.

“The 1-0 in Newcastle hurts because we had chances to score both in the first and in the second half, but they took better advantage of their weapons.

“We already have to focus on the FA Cup and Huddersfield. It will be a great opportunity to prove that a new win can help to forget yesterday’s game. By the way, thank you to those who travelled to Newcastle, you deserved a different game and a different score.”

This was a not a performance from the same cut of cloth as woeful displays away to Huddersfield Town or Tottenham Hotspur, and perhaps on another day United would have found the opening goal which has so often served as a platform for solid wins this season.

But the cold reality is that United, with 27 games of the season gone, still don’t have a known best starting XI, or even a formation that Mourinho and his staff have agreed upon.

And yet, somehow, they have remained second throughout most of the campaign – a sign of the natural talent and winning nous in the side as well as the fallibility of teams like Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool.

In other words, the margin for improvement – greater execution, greater tenacity, greater diversity of options – is massive, and ought to serve as a positive challenge for next season.

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.

'Low Key Very Upset': Bachelor Nation Is Torn After Arie Luyendyk Jr. Sends Bekah M. Home

Arie Luyendyk Jr. may have felt “confident” in his decision to send Bekah Martinez home — but Bachelor Nation is torn.

On Monday evening’s episode of the ABC reality series, Luyendyk Jr., 36, said goodbye to the 22-year-old contestant — she went viral earlier this month after being removed from a missing persons list in California when someone recognized her from the show — during a two-on-one dinner date that also included Tia, who had previously shared her reservations about Bekah’s seriousness with the Bachelor earlier in the episode.

Although Bekah thought she’d be progressing to hometown dates — “I am so excited about the prospect of him meeting my family. I think he likes me a lot,” she exclaimed with crossed fingers earlier in the day. “I hope so!” — and said she was “absolutely ready for marriage,” Luyendyk Jr. extended the last rose of the night to Tia.

“I am confident in this decision and Tia, will you accept this rose?” Luyendyk Jr. said at the table.

Of his decision to send Bekah home, Luyendyk Jr. — who was visibly emotional — admitted that he’s “been talking myself out of being with Bekah for a long time. It’s hard because I don’t see our lives fitting together, but I really, really liked her.”

After the ABC leading man said goodbye, Bekah broke down in the car: “It’s hard for me to accept that this is over — that this journey is over for me.”

Like Bekah, some were sad.

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WATCH: The Bachelor’s Arie Luyendyk Jr. Says He Was Heartbroken when Bachelorette Emily Maynard Dumped Him

While some were happy.

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What did you think about Luyendyk Jr.’s decision to send Bekah home?

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‘Stupid’ – Antonio Conte sends out a warning to Chelsea hierarchy

Antonio ConteAntonio Conte warns Chelsea it would be ‘stupid’ to sack him. Chelsea have won just once in their past five league games. READ MORE: Three managers who could replace Antonio Conte. Antonio Conte has warned Chelsea not to be ‘stupid’ and sack him before the end of his contract, report the Guardian. It’s hard to […]

Ex-Liverpool star sends warning about Mohamed Salah

Steve McManaman admits he struggles to see Mohamed Salah’s hot-streak in front of goal easing off any time soon.

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Jose Mourinho sends an emphatic message to Paul Pogba's critics

Jose Mourinho has hit back at recent attacks on Paul Pogba’s playing style at Manchester United, insisting the Frenchman had more potential than most midfielders in the world.

The 24-year-old picked up widespread criticism after he was taken off during Man United’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last week.

Pogba’s subsequent exclusion from the starting XI for United’s win over Huddersfield Town three days later prompted further questions surrounding his approach on the pitch.

But Mourinho, when asked about Pogba once again ahead of the visit to Newcastle, hit back at those commenting on his style.

“Paul had a very professional behaviour,” he said. “This week was not different to what Paul is every week. He works well, he’s a good professional He likes to train. I’ve never had a single problem with him. He likes to train.”

“I was laughing over the past week because I heard and watched, read a few things, and I’m not English but I think I understand English enough when you want to say box to box.

“But with some comments from some important people in football I got a little confused.
For me box to box means box to box. You have to be good in this box and have to be good in that box.

“It means you have to defend well in this box, the physical condition and desire and stamina to go until the other box. In the other box you have to be good at scoring, creating, heading and so on.

“And when your team loses the ball you have to go to the other box. Now I’m confused when some people say box to box has to play free of defensive duties. That’s not a box to box. That’s a box in the box and stay in that box. Don’t move from that box!

“I think this country produced a lot of box to box players. I had the pleasure to coach some of them, but nowadays with some pundits, some agents, some family members, the concept of box to box is changing a little bit.

“It looks like we are going to a different concept. Box to box are not my words. I heard it for the first time in 2004 when I arrived. For me, with my Portuguese and trying to translate to the English I
just think midfield players.

“For me Paul is a midfield player. He’s not a left back, he’s not a striker. When people ask his best position: he’s a midfield player. It depends on the tactical system but he will always be a midfielder.

“Then with so many opinions, and we are in a world of opinions, people can get confused. There is no confusion between me and Paul. It’s difficult to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul.”

Mourinho received a similar question regarding Pogba last week and didn’t really answer it. This time, however, he wanted to make a point, and it wasn’t really about his star man at all.

The 55-year-old doesn’t see Pogba playing poorly whilst the majority of those watching spew over his languid, free-flowing and, yes, occasionally costly approach on the ball. What he sees, in effect, is the imposition of English standards on how midfielders should play and a vitriolic response when Pogba – how dare he – doesn’t satisfy the demands of our footballing culture.

And what he is also implying, albeit subtly, is that such a worldview is wrong, and that, really, to tell a midfielder of Pogba’s natural ability to be more ‘box to box’ and ‘tackle’ more is nothing short of laughable – and the prime reason why nothing ever changes after England fall short at a major competition.

To put it bluntly, our footballing language – the way we understand the beautiful game – is caveman-esque in comparison to others. Long balls, second balls, target men, fixed positions. These are staples of our very outlook on the game and perhaps we should start questioning whether they really do constitute the final answer.

Xabi Alonso, for example, once stated that it surprised him that English crowds admire tackling, which is deemed a recurso – or last resort – in Spanish football, whilst simultaneously growing frustrated at a player who applies pausa, an ability to put the breaks on, feint, and leave the onrushing opponent ten yards away.

In Italy, a player does not play a position but rather their role (ruolo), and managers will often discuss how a player has “interpreted their role” after the game. Passing and possession isn’t measured by numbers and is instead referred to as fraseggio, which literally means ‘phrasing’- a term used to describe musical expression and symphony.

I could go on. Football is interpreted differently by different cultures – just like anything, really – and the reason Pogba will never be appreciated fully in this country is strictly because he hails from a very different type of footballing education.

And, frankly, the fact that he doesn’t align with this country’s hopelessly backward definition of how to play the game is not his problem in the slightest.

Scott McTominay sends message to Manchester United's next generation

Scott McTominay has spoken of the importance of playing in the UEFA Youth League as a youngster coming through the ranks at Manchester United.

Nicky Butt’s side will face Liverpool in the last 16 of this year’s competition after finishing second in their group behind FC Basel.

The likes of Tyrell Warren, Indy Boonen, Joshua Bohui and Angel Gomes have all played an important role in guiding Man United to the knockout phases, with the latter’s performances meriting a place on the bench against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup.

And McTominay, speaking to MUTV, noted that the likes of himself, Marcus Rashford, James Wilson, Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all benefitted enormously from playing in the competition.

“We’ve seen James Wilson score for the Under-18s, Under-19s, Under-21s and the first team – it’s just a platform of age groups which helps you progress,” he said.

“I was part of that as well and a lot of other players like Axel [Tuanzebe], Tim Fosu-Mensah and Marcus Rashford were too. It educates footballers and makes you more mature as a person.

“I actually watched the game with [Under-23s midfielder] Callum Whelan. It was a tough one for the boys. It was a qualifying match for the last 16, so it was vitally important for them to get through to that.

“It’s a competition which is so valuable – the experience of going away, travelling with the first team and being a part of different surroundings and playing against different cultures, which they might not have expected in a really tough match [against Brodarac].”

The 17 to 20 period is vital time for any player. This is when you start to build connections with potential first team partners and hone the technical apparatus that will serve as a platform for the rest of your career.

For English players, however, the lack of minutes on the pitch during this time sets them miles behind players from, say, Germany or Spain, where policies are put in place to ensure youngsters play next to each other regularly.

But the UEFA Youth League, first introduced in 2013, serves as a vital chance for youngsters to grow accustomed to the feeling of playing abroad, of playing against sides that go about their business differently, of learning new ways to get the better of your opponent.

The English game, as an inverse to the country’s current political direction, needs to internationalise itself if it is to grow, and the younger this happens the better.

Mo Salah sends dream message about life at Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has partially eased fears at Liverpool surrounding his immediate future at the club.

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