Jose Mourinho

Manchester United

McNair: I gave Mourinho transfer ultimatum

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Paddy McNair has revealed that Jose Mourinho had planned to keep the defender on Manchester United's books, but loan him out for a season.

McNair claims he gave our manager an ultimatum, saying he was either sold or he would refuse to go out on loan. This forced the club to allow him to leave to Sunderland for £5.

Manchester United closely monitoring Roma defender

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Roma’s Kostas Manolas could be one of the hottest properties in the transfer market this summer. The Greek centre-back has been subject to huge interest in the past couple of years among Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

In October 2016, he rejected at extension on his contract in the Italian capital over wage disagreements.

Schweinsteiger: United fans are special

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has today confirmed that he is leaving Manchester United and is set to move to the MLS to play for Chicago Fire. Once he has passed the medical and been given a visa, he will leave United.

The German's career at Old Trafford essentially ended when Jose Mourinho was appointed, even if the midfielder did go on to make a surprise four appearances this season, having previously been made to train with the Reserves.

Schweinsteiger signs for Chicago Fire: Man Utd

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Chicago (AFP) – Former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has signed for Major League Soccer side the Chicago Fire from Premier League giants Manchester United, the English club confirmed on Tuesday.

Schweinsteiger, a key member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning team, heads to the United States after an unhappy stint with Manchester United, where he has been frozen out by manager Jose Mourinho.

Schweinsteiger signs for Chicago Fire: report

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Chicago (AFP) – Former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has signed for Major League Soccer side the Chicago Fire, the Chicago Tribune reported on Monday.

Schweinsteiger, a key member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning team, heads to the United States after an unhappy stint with Manchester United, where he has been frozen out by manager Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United confirm United States tour

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London (AFP) – Manchester United confirmed on Monday they will tour the United States during pre-season.

Jose Mourinho’s side, currently fifth in the Premier League, will play in five American cities including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Santa Clara and Washington DC.

Dates and opponents for the matches have not been announced, but some of the games are likely to form part of the International Champions Cup friendly tournament.

Manchester United accused after tunnel row at Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United players were accused of sparking an ugly clash in the tunnel in a stormy aftermath to their 3-1 win at Middlesbrough.

United remain in contention for Champions League qualification after a hard-fought victory on Sunday, which ended with rival players separated by security staff in the tunnel when punches were reportedly thrown.

Manchester United accused after tunnel row at Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United players were accused of sparking an ugly clash in the tunnel in a stormy aftermath to their 3-1 win at Middlesbrough.

United remain in contention for Champions League qualification after a hard-fought victory on Sunday, which ended with rival players separated by security staff in the tunnel when punches were reportedly thrown.

Manchester United’s Nightmare Schedule

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is closing ranks as we approach the squeaky bum time of the season, raging about the club's 'many enemies' as he aired his frustration at the daunting fixture list that confronts them between now and the end of the season.

And while there really is no 'enemy' to blame for the pile-up, Mourinho does have a point that the packed schedule will test his squad to the limit.

Pogba injury gives Mourinho fresh headache

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Paul Pogba’s absence has given Jose Mourinho another headache as Manchester United look to revive their Champions League qualification hopes at managerless Middlesbrough on Sunday.

United midfielder Pogba will miss the Premier League fixture, plus France’s forthcoming matches against Luxembourg and Spain, with a hamstring problem sustained during Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League victory over Rostov.

Mourinho blames Premier League for Euro shortfall

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Premier League is partly responsible for English clubs’ underachievements in European competitions this season, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Continuing a recent trend, there are only two English sides left in Europe - Leicester City in the Champions League, United in the Europa League - compared to four from Spain and three from Germany.

Mourinho blames Premier League for Euro shortfall

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Premier League is partly responsible for English clubs’ underachievements in European competitions this season, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Continuing a recent trend, there are only two English sides left in Europe - Leicester City in the Champions League, United in the Europa League - compared to four from Spain and three from Germany.

Pogba injured as Man Utd labour to Rostov win

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Juan Mata scored the only goal as Manchester United recorded an underwhelming 1-0 victory over FC Rostov on Thursday to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

Mata struck 20 minutes from the end of a subdued game, completing a 2-1 aggregate win that sent United into the last eight of Europe’s second-tier club competition for the first time since 1985.

Pogba injured as Man Utd labour to Rostov win

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Juan Mata scored the only goal as Manchester United recorded an underwhelming 1-0 victory over FC Rostov on Thursday to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

Mata struck 20 minutes from the end of a subdued game, completing a 2-1 aggregate win that sent United into the last eight of Europe’s second-tier club competition for the first time since 1985.

Mourinho wants to make Ferguson feel loved

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Jose Mourinho has been keen to include Sir Alex Ferguson in life at Manchester United after he kept his distance during the time of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

It's the same relationship we had in the old days. A phone call, an SMS, sympathetic details like we always had with each other.

Chelsea 1 – 0 Manchester United: Game in 10 Tweets as Kante scores a stunner and Herrera sees red in the FA Cup

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With 3/4ths of the FA Cup semi-final line-up already decided, all that remained was to see whether Chelsea or Manchester United would join Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the last...

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Conte, Mourinho feud boils over after FA Cup clash

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte slammed Manchester United’s cynical attempts to intimidate Chelsea in his side’s bitter FA Cup quarter-final win, but Jose Mourinho hit back at his rival by insisting he remains the Blues’ best ever manager.

Chelsea boss Conte was furious with United’s aggressive approach after Ander Herrera was sent off for two fouls on Eden Hazard in Monday’s 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea v Manchester United: A game that has already failed to live up to expectations.

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It's the tie of the round, a game we have all been looking forward to since the draw was made but has already failed to live up to expectations because of injuries, suspensions and comments made by Jose Mourinho.

Ever since I have been supporting Chelsea and took my place in the old Shed End back in the early eighties, we have always had one eye open to look out for the fixtures against Manchester United.

“Mourinho has adapted to United’s traditions”

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Jose Mourinho didn't have the best reputation for his behaviour and style of play at the clubs he managed before Manchester United. Between poking his thumb in an opposition manager eye, his sexist treatment of Eva Carneiro and playing dull football, Mourinho's baggage made him an unpopular appointment for some United fans.

Manchester United eye shock move for Arsenal star

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Chelsea to offer new contract to Midfielder with Jose Mourinho and Manchester United waiting in the wings?

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Nemanja Matic is to be rewarded for his outstanding contribution to the Chelsea cause this season with a new contract as Antonio Conte looks to fend off reported strong interest from Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.

What a difference a season makes in football. This time a year ago, Matic had lost his place in the team with the interim coach Gus Hiddink favouring John Mikel Obi ahead of him.

Mkhitaryan helps Manchester United to draw in Russia

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Rostov-on-Don (Russia) (AFP) – Henrikh Mkhitaryan bagged a precious away goal as Manchester United came away from their trip to Russia with a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie against Rostov on Thursday.

On an awful pitch, the state of which had United manager Jose Mourinho fuming on the eve of the game, Mkhitaryan turned in the opener 10 minutes before half-time.

Mourinho: I don’t care if Mings gets five match ban for Zlatan stamp

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Andrew Surman was sent off this afternoon in Manchester United's 1-1 drawn with Bournemouth but it was Mings who deserves criticism. Mings stamped on Ibrahimovic's head when he was on the floor and then Ibrahimovic later caught him with an elbow.

Jose Mourinho was reluctant to give his opinion on the incident although conceded United failed to make the most of the one man advantage they had for the second half.

Carrick: You never feel as though you’re good enough at United

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After 11 years at Manchester United, Michael Carrick has been given a testimonial at the club in the summer.

After three disappointing seasons with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Carrick has spoken to ESPN about the difference with Jose Mourinho.

The general feeling is that we are close and not too far away and the manager is a big part of it because of his approach, his mentality.

Manchester United vs. Bournemouth Preview

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Manchester United vs. Bournemouth

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Fresh from their League Cup success at Wembley last weekend, Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon as they prepare to welcome Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side to Old Trafford.

Ibrahimovic might not be the new Cantona, but he doesn’t have to be

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On Sunday, once the dust had settled on the first trophy of the Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United, a number of talking points remained. Chief among them was whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic can have the same impact on the current side Eric Cantona had when he crossed the Pennines in November 1992.

From the moment he arrived at United, Ibrahimovic's arrogance and swagger coupled with his exquisite technique triggered memories of Cantona and, in the last few days, pundits have fallen over themselves to either vocally support or swiftly dismiss the notion that the Swede can emulate his French predecessor.

Herrera: Mourinho has made us winners again

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Following Manchester United's 3-2 win over Southampton in the League Cup final, Ander Herrera says we deserved the win, particularly after all the points we've dropped against teams we've battered this season.

Southampton played very well but we have been looking for this the whole season.

Will Conte break Mourinho’s points record with Chelsea?

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Chelsea are on course to land their fifth Premier League title. Under Antonio Conte, they have had the most incredible campaign, going from 8th at the end of September to runaway leaders at the end of February. They are currently 10 points clear at the top, and even though Manchester City can close the gap to 8, the Blues are huge favourites.

‘He Could Make Everton Stronger’ – Ronald Koeman Openly Flirts With Idea Of Signing Wayne Rooney

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With Wayne Rooney looking like more of a spent force at Manchester United with every passing week, there's a good chance his number might be upat the end of the season.

While the Chinese Super League has already come a-callin'to no avail, it's all the more likely that Rooney will end up either, A) continue clogging everything upat Old Trafford forever and a day, or B) opt for a less disruptive move to another English side.

‘Animal’ Ibrahimovic thanks kids, Mourinho for Man Utd chance

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London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic thanked his children and Jose Mourinho for getting him to sign for Manchester United but refused to commit his future to the club after his goals helped them win the League Cup.

Ibrahimovic scored United’s first and their winner in a 3-2 victory over Premier League rivals Southampton at Wembley on Sunday as they lifted their first trophy under Mourinho.

‘Animal’ Ibrahimovic thanks kids, Mourinho for Man Utd chance

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London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic thanked his children and Jose Mourinho for getting him to sign for Manchester United but refused to commit his future to the club after his goals helped them win the League Cup.

Ibrahimovic scored United’s first and their winner in a 3-2 victory over Premier League rivals Southampton at Wembley on Sunday as they lifted their first trophy under Mourinho.

Ibrahimovic wins League Cup 2017 for Manchester United

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Manchester United won the English League Cup 2017 by downing Southampton in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Wembley. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, once again displayed his class by scoring twice in the final. Jose Mourinho delivered the first cup for United in his first season as manager. With his fourth League Cup triumph, he now joins Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough as the most successful manager

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Finding Our Feet

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Few marriages if any are perfect, no rose garden is without its thorns, and no match, despite the popular phrase, is made in heaven.

Many Manchester United fans were wary of if not fully against the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their club's manager at the end of the 2015/16 season. And, while many more were thrilled to see the Portuguese given the job, even they could probably understand the deep-seated misgivings of those others.

“It’s not Pogba’s fault that pundits need money and he’s doesn’t”

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Following a string of average performances, most recently against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Paul Pogba has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism from the media.

Jose Mourinho has spoken out in defence of his player today, claiming that pundits are desperate for something to talk about, so that's why they pick on Pogba.

TOP FIVE: Best things Jose Mourinho has done at Manchester United so far

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Other than the one about Anthony Martial, none of the worries outlinedin last month's TOP FIVE have really gone away. Manchester United have, of course, won a trophy since then—which was really nice—but have also missed out on a glorious opportunity to apply more pressure to those currently above them in the league by drawing at home with Bournemouth—which was really, really, really, really frustrating.

Real Madrid

Mocked by Mourinho, Eibar’s Leon now primed to topple Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Pedro Leon was mocked by Jose Mourinho for not being Zinedine Zidane when at Real Madrid. Now the in-form Eibar winger could deal a huge blow to Zidane’s hopes of landing the La Liga title.

After Gareth Bale lost his head and Madrid their La Liga lead in a 3-3 draw with Las Palmas on Wednesday, an uncomfortable trip to Eibar’s 6,200-capacity Ipurua stadium on Saturday was probably the last thing on their wish list.

Mocked by Mourinho, Eibar’s Leon now primed to topple Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Pedro Leon was mocked by Jose Mourinho for not being Zinedine Zidane when at Real Madrid. Now the in-form Eibar winger could deal a huge blow to Zidane’s hopes of landing the La Liga title.

After Gareth Bale lost his head and Madrid their La Liga lead in a 3-3 draw with Las Palmas on Wednesday, an uncomfortable trip to Eibar’s 6,200-capacity Ipurua stadium on Saturday was probably the last thing on their wish list.

The Rest

Jill Ellis and the USWNT, the next USMNT roster, and more: Tuesday Freedom Kicks for March 14, 2017

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Also, FYI, Jose Mourinho still exists.

Snoooooooow daaaaaaay! Is it a snow day? Full disclosure: I'm writing this intro Monday night and so far we don't have snow in my D.C. neighborhood, BUT I'm holding out.

Anyway, shall we talk soccer?

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After the USWNT's 3-0 loss to France, our own Rick argued that Jill Ellis' time is up (check out that piece if you haven't already).

Mourinho: I love United and I want to stay for a long time

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Ahead of Jose Mourinho returning to former club Chelsea on Monday, the Manchester United manager has declared his love for our club, claiming he wants to stay here for a long time.

I would like to. I love the club. I feel like I am here for much more time because the connection is so good with everyone.

Roundup: Chelsea star confirms transfer desire, wants to win Champions League with this club

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Premier League leaders Chelsea are looking to offer a contract extension to the Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic at the end of this season.

The 28-year-old was expected to leave the club last summer after a dip in form under Jose Mourinho. However, Matic has come back strongly under Antonio Conte and has established himself as a key player for the Italian.