Jose Mourinho comes up smiling as Manchester United beat Burnley

Jose Mourinho comes up smiling as Manchester United beat Burnley

Jose Mourinho is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the first Premier League manager to leave this seasonAfter a week of turmoil and questions, this was Jose Mourinho’s day. Two first-half goals from Romelu Lukaku were enough for 10-man Manchester United to beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor, avoid a third successive Premier League defeat and quell the intense speculation that had been building around Mourinho’s future after two years as manager. “I am delighted with the result,” he said in his post-match media conference. “But I think some of you must be disappointed. [For you] it would be much better if we lose.” He was adamant it was about the team and not him, because “the manager does not play”. But from the moment 20 minutes before kick-off when a plane flew over Turf Moor, trailing a banner reading ‘Ed Woodward – a specialist in failure!’, until 20 minutes after the full-time whistle when he won a jocular argument with his media officer about which of two questions he should answer in his news conference, this was Mourinho’s day. The banner was flown over Burnley’s ground about 20 minutes before the match kicked off

The Portuguese said it had not been “a sad week” at United following Monday’s 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham. He also said he had not read the newspapers. Mourinho would also have needed to avoid the radio and TV to miss the discussion about his future, fuelled, in part, by his relationship with United’s executive vice-chairman Woodward. Expressly against Mourinho’s own wishes, moves to sell France forward Anthony Martial and buy an additional central defender were blocked before the transfer window closed on 9 August. Such is Woodward’s close relationship with the Glazer family, who own United, Mourinho cannot win an internal power battle. However, he has a few allies, not least a secretive fans’ group ‘A Voice from the Terrace’ who paid for the plane and the banner which criticised what they view as five years of bad decisions by Woodward, who effectively replaced David Gill as chief executive in 2013. In the absence of a director of football, they hold Woodward responsible for Mourinho not getting his way this summer. Asked about the banner, which flew as his team were warming up and he was in the tunnel, Mourinho said: “I didn’t see planes. I am not looking to the sky unless I am asking the guy for help. “Ed Woodward won this afternoon. Ed Woodward won 2-0.” The fans are on Jose’s side too Jose Mourinho acknowledged the support from the fansThe 2,433 United fans at Turf Moor first sang Mourinho’s name as the teams warmed up. They repeated it as their 55-year-old manager walked out of the tunnel in the corner of the stadium and across the field to the visitors’ dugout. Thereafter, barely five minutes went by without Mourinho hearing his name being chanted. Occasionally, he responded with a wave. Sometimes he was too engrossed in the game to notice. But at the end, he walked straight to his left, directly to those same fans, right up to the very edge of the seats they had spent the previous two hours not sitting on and started applauding. As he walked down the length of the away support he kept applauding. It took him about as long as he spent standing in front of the Stretford End on Monday after the 3-0 loss to Tottenham and cost him a coat, which was handed to one lucky fan. Ultimately, supporters do not decide the fate of managers. But they can certainly make it hard to remove them. Mourinho said: “I feel a bit sorry we didn’t score a couple of goals in front of them because it would be magic.” Rashford is a naive boy – Mourinho

And finally, Mourinho was asked two questions at the same time. He wanted to answer one about starting midfielder Marouane Fellaini, but his press officer signalled him to deal with the other one instead. “You are killing me,” he laughed. “It is the only question anyone is going to ask where I can say ‘it was my decision’.” The media officer relented and when Mourinho had finished eulogising over the Belgian, he went back to the question she wanted to take from an Italian journalist who, it transpired, wanted to talk about United’s Champions League opponents Juventus. “After Liverpool they have probably spent more than anyone this summer,” he said. Asked whether he had considered bringing Juve’s Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford this summer once it became obvious he would be leaving Real Madrid, Mourinho thought about whether he should answer for a moment, before eventually settling on this: “Cristiano was never on my table to say yes or no to come to us.” In this instance, Woodward was not mentioned.

 

Jose Mourinho Storms Out Of Post-Match Press Conference After Spurs Defeat

Jose Mourinho Storms Out Of Post-Match Press Conference After Spurs Defeat

Jose Mourinho’s stormed out of his press conference after his side were beaten 3-0 by Spurs at Old Trafford.

A brilliant header from Harry Kane just after halftime and a superb double from Lucas Moura means United are experiencing their worst start to a season in 26 years, while it was also the worst ever home defeat in Jose Mourinho’s managerial career. Following more defensive calamities, many were surprised when Mourinho was anything but prickly in his post-match interview. But his press conference was a different story. It ended rather quickly and comprised of Mourinho doing the 3-0 gesture with his hand and then reminding a journalist that he was won the same amount of Premier League titles – more than the other 19 managers combined. After demanding respect, the Portuguese was escorted out of the room. And that was that.

Jose Mourinho reveals reason behind Manchester United’s slow start to the season

Jose Mourinho reveals reason behind Manchester United’s slow start to the season

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said his players need more time to settle into the season after the World Cup.

United’s preparations for the new campaign were hampered by the summer tournament, with many of Mourinho’s players missing the entirety of the Reds’ pre-season tour of the United States as a result of their involvement in Russia. Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were among the players to miss United’s entire pre-season schedule and Mourinho believes his players will need extra time to bed into the new campaign as a result. “When you have a good week when you train really well, things are positive, you expect good individual performances. You don’t expect mistakes and you expect a good result, not a defeat,” Mourinho said, reflecting on last weekend’s defeat by Brighton.

“Normally when you lose you want to play immediately and two days after that was not the case. But I am happy that was not the case because at this moment we need some time.

“We need players to be back, we need players to train more to have a kind of pre-season after the pre-season that they didn’t have after the World Cup.” United welcome Spurs to Old Trafford tonight and Mourinho knows how much of a threat Mauricio Pochettino’s side will pose, despite United’s good record against the north Londoners last term. “It is a big game against a good opponent, an opponent that last season, in all the three matches we played, they were difficult matches in spite of [the fact] we won two of them,” Mourinho said.

“It [the FA Cup semi-final] was a good performance, away from home where everybody was expecting us to lose the match. We didn’t start well and conceded an early goal and after that we had the quality and the mentality to change the result, to be dominant in the second half and it was a really good performance. “We know what a good team they are and we know that they come here with their objectives. Big match but no need to work much on the motivational level because we have a natural motivation to play against the good teams.”

Breaking News: Paul Pogba Demands Manchester United Exit After Agreeing Contract With Barcelona

Paul Pogba Demands Manchester United Exit After Agreeing Contract With Barcelona

The 25-year-old has grown unhappy with life at Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail, and now wants to move to Spain to play for La Liga giants Barca. Paul Pogba has told Manchester United he wants to leave for Barcelona. And now the board have a decision to make. The manager who looks like he wants out vs a player who wants out because of the manager.

Pogba had a meeting yesterday evening in London with Mino Raiola (not in Manchester). The player told to him that he wants to leave or he won’t play for United. The situation is limit and his only desire is to play in Barcelona. The problem is his replacement.

Pogba re-joined the Red Devils from Juventus for a then world record £89million deal but has told the club in the past 48 hours that he wishes to leave. Reportedly, the midfielder has text executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward informing him of his desperation to leave this summer transfer window – though the club has denied this. It’s thought that Pogba has already agreed on terms with Barcelona on a deal worth £89.5m over a course of five years. He will be paid £346,000 a week, but his agent Mino Raiola has denied commenting on the situation. Despite this, manager Jose Mourinho is eager to keep hold of his man.

The World Cup star said earlier this summer via the Independent: “I am not the coach. You will have to see with him. He made his choices,” stated Pogba, in quotes translated by several UK newspapers. “Have I had talks with him? Not necessarily. He took me off, like that. Like I said, I do my job he does his. I am in Manchester, I have my contract here for now. All the rest is just words. That’s it. I am concentrating on the World Cup. ”

There is the team, the coach has to make his choices. If he thinks he has to put me on the bench because I was not good or he prefers to change the system, it is his choice. This year, I have been on the bench. Pogba has just helped his national side France win the World Cup, in a tournament in which he was one of the standout performers. It’s a huge difference from his time with Man United, where his form has been fleeting, at some points showing off his unbelievable talent, while other times, his head drops and his play becomes lethargic.

Manchester United’s pre-season tour might have changed Jose Mourinho’s plans

Manchester United’s pre-season tour might have changed Jose Mourinho’s plans

It means expectations are mixed ahead of the new Premier League campaign. It would be inexcusable not to mount a serious title challenge, yet supporters can’t help be alarmed by developments. However, there are plenty positives for Mourinho to take ahead of the new season following a sometimes testing pre-season trip to the US. Pereira performs Andreas Pereira has had to stake his claim the hard way after risking a loan-move to Valencia last season against Mourinho’s judgment – but he looks revitalised and full of desire this summer.

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He has excelled in the No.6 position on the tour of the US and though Nemanja Matic is still the main man, the young Brazilian has shown he is ready to step up. If Paul Pogba maintains his World Cup form and Fred can hit the ground running, United’s midfield department will look pretty healthy. And Pereira might have played his way into Mourinho’s line-up plans, certainly for the opening game against Leicester. Sanchez sharp United fans are yet to see the best of Alexis Sanchez, but he looks like he could be ready to lift off. This is the first summer in nine years in which the 29-year-old has not had to juggle international commitments with resting his body for the new campaign. An extended break has helped him to get back up to sharpness and his performances in a front-two alongside Juan Mata certainly bode well in terms of a potential back-up plan – and given Mourinho something to think about. His contribution to the team could sky-rocket once the World Cup stars have found their feet and the scene is set for the Chilean to prove his doubters wrong next season.

Giving youth a chance The lack of senior stars during pre-season has had both positive and negative effects for United this summer. Results have been below par and first-team players who have played have been required to do so in an unsettled team which lacked consistency. However, those negatives need to be taken with a pinch of salt, especially when the positive development of the likes of Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood and Demetri Mitchell are considered. Eyebrows were raised when so many academy stars boarded the initial flight to the US but they have soundly expressed their qualities. Expectations need to be contained for the next crop of hopefuls, but there is certainly quality knocking on the door of the first-team eagerly anticipating its opportunity. Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Joshua Bohui in action during a first team training session at UCLA.

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Take nothing for Granted David de Gea’s presence will again be vital for United this season and with Sergio Romero in reserve United are blessed with strength in depth. However, if injury were to strike either or both them, new signing Lee Grant has shown on the tour that he has not been signed just to keep the other two company. At 35, he is back-up to the back-up, but in the US he proved himself capable of contributing to first-team duties. His experience adds value to the dressing room environment and he has already proven himself to be a popular addition among teammates.

Squad bonding Mourinho has helped give the impression of a tense mood within the United camp. The United manager has had to cope without his World Cup stars and is clearly frustrated with the club’s failure to get a fourth signing over the line. However, it is clear to see the players have enjoyed themselves. The young players have integrated into the squad well, with their initiation singing entertaining first-team stars and staff. Social media has once again provided a behind-the-scenes look at the stay in America and supporters should be encouraged by the way in which new signings Grant, Diogo Dalot and Fred have all settled in. And a number of players have been at pains to get the message out that the mood is positive within the group.

Jose Mourinho Fires Warning To Juventus About Cristiano Ronaldo

Jose Mourinho Fires Warning To Juventus About Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has issued a warning to Juventus following their stunning acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 33-year-old swapped Actual Madrid for Juventus, finishing a £100 million switch forward of the 2018/19 season. A transfer which has despatched shock waves via the game. Earlier than sealing a deal to ply his commerce in Italy’s high flight, Ronaldo was linked with a sensational return to Manchester United.

The Sporting Lisbon academy graduate joined United in 2003, and loved six-trophy laden years at Old Trafford memorably winning the Champions League. Ronaldo plants a kiss on the Premier League trophy. Ronaldo celebrates winning the Champions League. And the present United boss has continued to share his ideas on Ronaldo leaving Actual Madrid, whereas firing a warning to the reigning Serie A champions. “Implausible for Italian soccer: The Bianconeri will dominate for years and now it will likely be even simpler with a participant of His qualities,” he mentioned. “However, I feel it may be further motivation for rivals. Perhaps this supremacy of Juventus may give AC Milan, AS Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli to spice up within the title.” Ronaldo gestures to Juventus followers after scoring past them in final season’s Champions League.

Juventus bagged the Scudetto final season, 4 factors away from nearest rivals Napoli. Whereas the club have misplaced an enormous player in Gianluigi Buffon, they now have Ronaldo to name upon. League rivals AS Roma and Inter Milan have bolstered their sides snapping up Justin Kluivert and Radja Nainggolan, respectively, amongst others. What number of goals will Ronaldo score next season? 20? 30? 40?