"This is not a competition that Manchester United wants. It is not a competition I want, it is not a competition the players want."
Those were the words of one Jose Mourinho on the very eve of United's Europa League opener against Feyenoord on Thursday night.
Indeed, if the subsequent level of performance at De Kuip was anything to go by, it very much looks as though Mourinho is attempting to engineer as swift an exit from Europe's second-tier tournament as is humanly possible.
Jose Mourinho was left disappointed by a derby defeat the Manchester United manager believes was borne out of a poor first-half display and some refereeing mistakes.
Old Trafford was the focus of the sporting world on Saturday lunchtime as city rivalries resumed and managerial hostilities renewed, having fought an at times ugly battle with Pep Guardiola for La Liga glory.
Mercifully, the first Mancunian derby of the season managed to take pass without any tedious inter-manager shenanigans, instead proving to be a rather enjoyable ding-dong of a match.
It was Man City whocame out on top, winning 2-1 to bring up their half-century of derby victories, maintain their winning start to the Premier League season and extend Pep Guardiola's statistical superiority over Jose Mourinho the Manchester United boss having won just 3 of his 17 games against Guardiola-led teams.
These are still early days in Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United revolution but two games into the league campaign and United appear to have recouped their lost swagger making a veritable step towards resurgence.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a spectacular header in the first half and added a second from the spot to give his side a comfortable 2-0 win over Southampton on Friday.
As man of the moment Paul Pogba discussed his grand return to Manchester United withcompatriot Thierry Henry for Sky Sportsrecently, conversation inevitably came around to the pitfalls of having to share ego-space with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the dressing room.
Jose Mourinho has expressed his delight afterManchester United's transfer strategypaid offin the current summer window. He admitted that heanalysed the Red Devils' squad since he was sacked from his post at Chelsea last December and suggested how that helped the 53-year-old coach in completing histransfer business.
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester becomes the centre of the football universe on Saturday when Jose Mourinho's United tackle Pep Guardiola's City in a feverishly anticipated local derby at Old Trafford.
The resumption of hostilities between two of the most celebrated coaches in the game tops the bill, with mega-money signings Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, John Stones and Claudio Bravo providing an all-star supporting cast.
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Well, the transfer window is not over yet but it might as well be. Jose has got his four top targets and the Red Devils are back in business. There will be links to new players between now and September because tabloids need to sell papers, and get people to click on stuff, but Zlatan, Mkhitaryan, Bailly and now Paul Pogba are here.
Wie man einen Zlatan Ibrahimovic zum Schweigen bringt...
Als Schiedsrichter kann man schon mal Angst vor Superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic haben. Wenn er diskutiert, wenn er gestikuliert, dann ist das meistens nicht einfach, sich dem zu entziehen. Ob er Recht hat oder nicht, ist immer eine andere Angelegenheit, aber das tut ja meistens beim Fussball sowieo nichts zur Sache.
Ahead of the Manchester derby on Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken about his experience of playing in derbies in the past.
For me, the big games are the ones that trigger you. They're the games everyone speaks about. I have played in many derby games, I've played in the El Clasico, the Inter/Milan derby, Ajax and Feyenoord which was the big one there [in Holland] and PSG/Marseille.
Two of Spain's powerhouses appear set for transfer bans, while FIFA has opened corruption charges against a trio of former executives.
The FIFA Appeal Committee rejected appeals from Real Madrid and Atletico Madridfor breaking rules regardingunderage players. The two clubs will now serve a one-year transfer ban, although both clubs plan to lobby further appeals throughthe Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Of course, there are many power ballads you could choose to get you through the unrelenting circus of tripe that is Transfer Deadline Day™, but we feel that our chums over at Fitba Thatba may just have unleashed the grandaddy of them all.
Mixing two parts 'St. Elmo's Fire' with one part"let's go live now to Kaveh Solhekol outside the Hawthorns", steel yourself for the rollicking battle cryof the Transfer Hawk.