Manchester United have cancelled Coach Jose Mourinho’s scheduled Europa League final pre-match news conference in Sweden following the Manchester explosion on Monday, according to reports.
“We are all very sad about the tragic events last night; we cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families.We have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job. It is a pity we cannot fly with the early happiness,” the Portuguese tactician said.
UEFA confirmed that a minute’s silence would be observed before the highly-anticipated game, while much of the pregame ceremony would be “considerably reduced.”
Man United players observed a minute’s silence at the training session the next day before their flight to Sweden.
UEFA added that it had worked with the hosts of the final to foil any terrorist attack ahead of the game. Continue reading “MANCHESTER UNITED CANCEL NEWS CONFERENCE”
Jose Mourinho says he is hurt that he left out Dutchman Memphis Depay and Ashley Young in the squad that thrashed West Ham 4-1 in the EFL Cup this week.
The Portuguese tactician was banned from the touchline, so he had to see the game from a ‘secret’ location. However, Mourinho admitted he felt ‘hurt’ that both players were left off the match day squad despite being fit.
United qualified for the last four courtesy of goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial who both grabbed a brace. Mourinho made five changes to the squad that started against the Hammers the weekend before, playing a 1-1 draw. In the EFL quarter final clash, summer addition Henrikh Mkhitaryan paired with Anthony Martial on the wings while skipper Wayne Rooney lined up behind Ibrahimovic.
“It hurts me, it hurts me. It hurts me a lot to leave Depay and Ashley Young at home. It hurts me a lot like last week, when I had to leave out Martial, and next week I’ll leave another one.
“We have so many players for these positions and it’s good for me but it’s bad for them. Football players want to play matches and I cannot give to everyone at the same time, so it hurts me,” said Mourinho. Continue reading “MOURINHO HURT LEAVING DEPAY AND YOUNG OUT”
Sir Alex Ferguson has ended any hopes of a return from retirement after stating that he feels extremely happy to watch football from the stands.
The former Manchester United boss retired from football two years ago. He is regarded as one of the finest managers in world football. His acumen in the transfer market led to several big signings for United like Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo. United can certainly do with this acumen right now, as they are struggling to return to winning ways. The club has brought in the likes of Memphis Depay for £ 25 million.
These signings of up to be the work of current manager Louis van Gaal. Ferguson has stated that he completely does not miss football, since he gets to stay in touch with the latest happenings as a Manchester United fan from the stands. The transfer period is also the time of the year when a manager gets incredibly busy, but Ferguson says that he no longer wants to be involved in it. Much of Van Gaal’s signings last season did not work out in the way that the Dutchman expected and he will be hoping for a much better return from the likes of Depay. Continue reading “Sir Alex Ferguson has ended any hopes of a return from retirement”
League leaders Manchester United travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, keen to make amends for their defeat in the reverse fixture back in September.
The hosts are unbeaten in seven games, and could tighten their grip on a Champions League qualification place if they extend that run here.
Scott Parker is likely to start in place of Sandro, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with after surgery on his knee, while Emmanuel Adebayor is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Jermaine Defoe is widely available at 7.5 (13/2) to get the first goal of the game, while Gareth Bale is a 9.0 (8/1) with Stan James.
Spurs are 3.1 (21/10) with Stan James for the win, with United favourites at 2.5 (6/4) with several firms. The draw is 3.6 (13/5).
The visitors kept their seven point advantage at the top of the division after beating Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford last Sunday.
The result took Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to 55 points from 22 games; their best ever start to a top flight season.
Ashley Young and Jonny Evans will both miss the game through injury, whilst Darren Fletcher has been ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery.
Robin Van Persie is the division’s top scorer with seventeen goals, and is priced at 5.0 (4/1) to add to that tally with the first goal of the game whilst Wayne Rooney, who made a goal scoring return in the FA Cup Third Round replay on Wednesday is available at 6.5 (11/2).