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  1. Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Jose Mourinho is doing a "fantastic job" at Manchester United and "does not need to show anyone that he is one of the best". Spurs face United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, both sides seeking to get their hands on the trophy as it represents their last chance of silverware this season. Mourinho's side moved six points ahead of Spurs in the Premier League table on Wednesday with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth, but the United boss has come under criticism after conceding the title to rivals Manchester City. "For me, Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world," Pochettino told reporters. "He does not need to show anyone that he is one of the best. "Manchester United are having a fantastic season. Like us, they are disappointed to be out of the Champions League because it is massive for them and for us. "We are similar. They are better than us because they have more points in the Premier League. He is doing a fantastic job in his second season in Manchester." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has confirmed that Valencia have informed his agent they want to buy him this summer. However, the 22-year-old says his preference is to return to Old Trafford next season. Pereira is coming to the end of a season-long loan at the Mestalla, where he has made 28 appearances this season, scoring once and adding four assists. Jose Mourinho expressed disappointment at Pereira's decision to join Valencia in September rather than staying and fighting for his place at Old Trafford but that is exactly what the player hopes to do next season. "Valencia approached my agent and said they want to buy me which is flattering, but it wasn't like it was reported in the media," Pereira told the South China Morning Post. "People said I'd demanded talks with Jose Mourinho when I've demanded nothing. The Valencia coach speaks with me a lot and we have a good understanding, but as far as I'm concerned I'm still a Manchester United player, with a contract at Old Trafford until 2020 and an ambition to make it at United. I've never sought to leave United." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Five Manchester City players have been named in the Professional Footballers' Association Premier League Team of the Year. Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva and Kyle Walker have all been included after Pep Guardiola's side claimed the Premier League title with five games to spare. Tottenham Hotspur are the only other team to have more than one representative, boasting three players in defender Jan Vertonghen, midfielder Christian Eriksen and striker Harry Kane. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah were also included in the XI. On Sunday, the overall winner of the PFA Player of the Year award will be unveiled, with De Bruyne, De Gea, Kane, Silva and Salah all nominated, along with City winger Leroy Sane. PFA Premier League Team of the Year: David de Gea, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Alonso, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Christian Eriksen, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Jose Mourinho has revealed that he will drop players from the team that played against West Bromwich Albion for their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 by the Premier League's bottom side at Old Trafford on Sunday, ensuring that bitter rivals Manchester City won the title. United play Bournemouth in the league on Wednesday before facing Spurs. "If I play someone against Bournemouth and he is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final," Mourinho told reporters. "The word is not rotation. This is an opportunity for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team. Some of the guys who played [against West Brom], they don't have a place in that team. "I only know one criteria [for choosing the team]. It is the way you play. This is the only way I can select players. "Do you want me to go for the price they cost? Or their salary? Or their beautiful face? The only way is to go with performance." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Manchester United managing director Richard Arnold has warned that there is probably no way of expanding Old Trafford without leaving the club temporarily "homeless". There have long been calls for the largest league ground in England to be expanded from its current capacity of 74,994. Plans have been drawn up three times in the last decade with a view to redeveloping the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand, which would take the capacity to over 80,000. But managing director Arnold has underlined issues involved in redeveloping and expanding the stand, with engineering challenges compounded by issues of finding a suitable temporary home like Tottenham Hotspur have managed with Wembley. "We haven't left the easiest stand until last," Arnold told United We Stand, quoted in the South China Morning Post. "The South Stand - the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand - is the last unexpanded stand. "It is sandwiched in a fairly narrow strip of land between the pitch and the main Manchester to Liverpool railway. "There is not much space on either side of the stand, meaning that it is a very complex engineering challenge to deliver. "It would be a multi-season challenge and it isn't certain that there's a way of doing it which doesn't render us homeless. "We have the biggest fanbase in the country and we're not in London, where we could use Wembley. "So that's not a light challenge for us and we don't want to give up the home advantage that we have here. "Moving elsewhere would be difficult and the logistical issues associated with expanding the South Stand are not negligible. "And that's before you start getting into how big the expanded stadium should be." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Sam Johnstone has admitted that his time as a Manchester United player may be coming to an end and has accepted this fact. The 25-year-old goalkeeper is currently on loan at Aston Villa - the tenth loan spell of his career at his seventh different club. Johnstone was signed by United when he was 10, but has never made a competitive appearance for the club and he admits that will be a regret for him if he leaves the club on a permanent basis this summer. "If you leave, then the one downside is that you haven't done that despite being there since you were 10," he told the Guardian. "I'd have liked to have done it. But you've got the world's best goalkeeper, David de Gea, at the club and you can't wait around forever. "You realise you might have to take the example of someone like Michael Keane, who went to Burnley and has gone from strength to strength [with Everton and England]. "I have to create my own career. You want to be challenging to get into the England setup. "Nick Pope gets into the Burnley team because of an injury, does very well and then gets his call-up. "It just shows the manager [Gareth Southgate] is watching and hopefully he has me in mind even though I'm in the Championship." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Sven Bender has urged teammate Leon Bailey to stay at the club amid reported interest from Manchester United and Chelsea. The Jamaica Under-23 international has impressed this season, scoring nine goals and providing five assists in 24 Bundeslliga appearances. As a result, Bailey's named was linked with the Premier League, but he said in February that he would be comfortable making United and Chelsea wait as he looks to make his name in Germany. Speaking to Goal.com, Bender said: "He has got special abilities, he is incredibly fast and great at dribbling. But we did not expect that he would explode that fast. This example shows that football is a fast-paced business. "It is important that he handles the hype around him correctly and does not want too much too fast. Now everybody comes to him and suddenly wants something from him. "He is only 20 years old and therefore still has development potential. He is a great player and will probably leave one day for a high fee, but I wish him to stay with us for a long time." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Arjen Robben has revealed that he was ready to sign for Manchester United after having dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003, but the Red Devils never offered him a deal. The Dutchman travelled to Carrington as a 19-year-old in December 2003 to meet the legendary Scottish manager ahead of a potential move from PSV Eindhoven. After a positive meeting, Robben returned to Eindhoven believing he was about to join another teenage sensation - Cristiano Ronaldo - at Old Trafford, but United were unwilling to meet PSV's asking price. Robben told FourFourTwo magazine: "I had a very good conversation with him (Ferguson) over dinner in Manchester and we spoke about football and life. "I also went and had a good look around the training ground and everything was good, but after I went back to PSV nothing happened. "There was no real contact and the deal didn't happen. PSV were also negotiating with Chelsea at that time, so maybe they offered PSV more money? I don't really know. "I spoke to Chelsea and I liked their plans. We had one meeting and everything was done pretty quickly. "Had Manchester United offered me a deal straight after I met them, I would have signed there, but it didn't happen and I have got no regrets." Robben instead joined Chelsea for £12m in the summer of 2004, winning back-to-back Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho before departing for Real Madrid in 2007. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. New Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he wanted to join the Major League Soccer side two years ago, before signing for Manchester United. The Swedish star joined the Los Angeles club last week after the mutual termination of his Old Trafford contract. "This was supposed to happen a couple of years ago, it was supposed to happen before Manchester United," Ibrahimovic told a press conference. "My head was here. I wanted to come here, and it didn't happen. But the destiny said that I will come here, so Los Angeles called and I answered. “I feel young. I said once before I feel like Benjamin Button. I was born old, now I will die young. Don’t worry about my age. "When I came to England they all said I was old and I came in a wheelchair. After three months I conquered England and they said I was flying. "This is only numbers. I know what I am able to do and I know what I will do. I come here to win. I feel excited. The lion is hungry.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal appears to have ended his feud with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho, but remains critical of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The Dutchman spent two seasons at Old Trafford but was sacked just days after winning the FA Cup in 2016, something which has irked the veteran coach. Van Gaal accused Mourinho's team of playing "boring football" following their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in December and also criticised the Portuguese for his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger. However, the 66-year-old seems to have done a U-turn on Mourinho, and reserved his ire for the club's board instead. "I am not disappointed with Jose Mourinho," he told Bild. "Every coach wants to train Manchester United, it's one of the biggest clubs in the world. "I think Jose wanted that, too, and although he was able to do so in 13th place, he had a chance on a fantastic team like Chelsea. I was in fourth place! I still do not blame him. "What I find wrong is when a CEO says we're totally happy with you, do not believe the press. Then you win the FA Cup and still be fired." Van Gaal went on to describe Pep Guardiola as England’s most accomplished manager after turning Manchester City into a ‘machine’ this season. "Pep Guardiola is for me currently the best coach of the Premier League," he said. "Pep made City a machine. He shows a football that I would have liked to play at Manchester United. "But he has better players for it. For me, the process would have taken longer. Unfortunately, I did not get the time." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger has stressed that Usain Bolt has "a lot of work to do" to become a top-level footballer. The retired sprinter, who won eight Olympic gold medals, has always harboured hopes of playing for his beloved Manchester United. Bolt drew the world's media to the German club this weekend as he was involved in an open training session with Dortmund's first team on Friday, enjoying a session with those that were not selected for international duty. The world-record holder in the 100 metres was also training with South African side Mamelodi Sundowns in January and will participate in a charity match at Old Trafford in June. "It's all about procedure and movement, but the most important thing is that he had fun," Stoger told Sky Sports. "I think he is talented, but when he wants to play at a higher level, he clearly has a lot of work to do. "The physique he needs for his other sport is completely different from what he needs for football, but it was really fun for us. It was a pleasure for us to meet a guy like him and to work with him." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. New Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stressed that he will set out to "conquer the US" like he did in Europe. The 36-year-old left Manchester United on Thursday after his contract at Old Trafford was cancelled ahead of the move to the United States. Ibrahimovic has won four domestic league titles during a glittering career to date which has seen him play for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain among others after starting out at homeland club Malmo. "I am super excited. I know what I come with. I know what I am able to do," the Swede told former MLS player Calen Carr. "This is just a new adventure for me - a new challenge. I am looking forward to conquer the US just like I conquered Europe. I'm pumped! "After 20 years in Europe playing for the best clubs in the world with the best players in the world, I have been winning so much. "It is time to move to a different continent and try the MLS. For me, there was no question about it - Galaxy was the team and I chose them. They didn't need to choose me." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Manchester United after the club agreed to terminate his contact early ahead of a reported move to Los Angeles Galaxy. The 36-year-old scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for the Red Devils and became a cult hero at Old Trafford. However, Ibrahimovic has played only seven times since damaging cruciate ligaments last April. The striker, who joined United from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, is also believed to be considering coming out of international retirement and playing for Sweden at this summer's World Cup. "Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United," Ibrahimovic, whose contract was going to be up at the end of the season, wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history." United wrote: "Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Jose Mourinho has stressed that Manchester United are a club in transition and that it should be obvious for "people with a brain". The Portuguese manager has come in for renewed criticism following his side’s Champions League exit to Sevilla following a dour performance in their 2-1 second-leg defeat at Old Trafford. United are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and also sit second in the Premier League, but critics say Mourinho's £300m outlay on players has not been justified by how the team has done this term. "I understand the frustration, I understand the sadness of being knocked out in the Champions League, but I don't understand anything more than that," Mourinho told CNN. "In the history of football all around the world, not just in England, you had the biggest clubs with the moments of transition, you have the biggest clubs with moments of continuous and permanent victories and these are phases in the club. "And I think really at this moment in the Premier League we have one team, one club clearly better prepared than us in the past few years to be first and we have 18 clubs behind us. One in front of us, 18 behind us. "Of course in the future we want to have 19 clubs behind us but this is the reality. And the reality is for people with a brain, with sense, with common sense, with knowledge of what sport is, we are in a moment of transition. "Being in a moment of transition and still manage to do what he did last season and win trophies and to do what we are trying to do this season, which is still trying to win a trophy, and try to be second. Because, in this moment, it's the only top position that is possible for us to get. I think we are in a good position." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. Alexis Sanchez has opened up about his "difficult" January move from Arsenal to Manchester United, admitting he has expected much more from himself at Old Trafford. The 29-year-old is reportedly earning wages in excess of £500,000 a week following his high-profile switch from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January but has scored just once in 10 appearances for his new club. Speaking to reporters upon linking up with his Chile teammates in Sweden, Sanchez admitted that he has found life tough since joining the Red Devils. "As I am self-demanding, I expected something better," he told the press. "After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly. I even hesitated to come here [to Sweden]. "I had asked permission to miss these games, but then I thought better and spoke with Claudio [Bravo] and told him that we should all be united. "The change of club was something that was very abrupt - it was the first time I've changed clubs in January - but many things have happened in my life that are difficult." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  16. Antoine Griezmann has stressed that he his future resolved before he travels with France to this summer's World Cup in Russia. The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid for a number of years now. Manchester United were previously thought to be interested in the forward, who ended up staying put at the Spanish capital club due to their transfer ban. La Liga rivals Barcelona are now thought to be favourites to secure his services but reports in Spain claim Atleti will offer Griezmann a bumper new contract in a last-ditch attempt for him to stay put. Regardless of whether he stays or goes, Griezmann has stressed that he is keen to have his future decided to ensure he arrives in Russia with "peace of mind". "I want to travel to Russia without this concern," he told L'Equipe. "It's not about knowing where I'll play, but about having the peace of mind if I'm still in one place or another. "It may be boring, but I have told my sister that, whether I stay or not, this will have to be resolved beforehand. What bothers me the most is that everyone asks me about this issue." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  17. Bordeaux winger Malcom has reiterated that he wants to sign for an "elite club in Europe" and is currently learning English ahead of a possible move to the Premier League. The Ligue 1 outfit refused to sell the Brazilian during the January window despite reported interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich, in addition to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Malcom signed a contract extension until 2021 in September, but has hinted he could leave his current club at the end of the season if Europe's biggest clubs come calling. "I want to play for an elite club in Europe, win the Champions League and play for the Selecao," the 21-year-old told Sky Sports Germany. "When I play for a big club, my chances improve. I want to thank Bordeaux for everything. "First I want to finish the season with the best possible result and then I am going to sit down with my agent and family. Together we will make a decision. "I am learning English, because it is the most important language in the world. Wherever you are, with English you can get along. So that is very important for me. "I have learned the language very quickly, had no big troubles. French was much more difficult. So I would manage to live in England. But in the end I can integrate everywhere." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  18. We're down to the last four teams in this season's FA Cup, with Manchester United up against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea to face Southampton in the semi-finals. Ever since the Red Devils decided to withdraw from the 1999-2000 competition to focus on the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in South America - a shocking decision that was supported by the FA to try and curry favour with FIFA when it came to their World Cup 2006 hosting bid - there has been much discussion with regards to how much the World's Oldest Cup Competition (TM) truly means to big teams any more. There was a time when the FA Cup truly was English football's showstopper, the curtain closer, but things such as the Man United withdrawal, or playing the final before the end of the Premier League season, like Wigan Athletic did in 2013, have all led to people despairing at how the competition seems to have fallen by the wayside. But this season, each of the four teams are certain to take the competition seriously. Southampton, as a team not traditionally expected to challenge for the title and seldom in Europe, will want to turn their superb cup run into something more and seek to clinch major silverware for the first time since 1976, not to mention giving their fans something to smile about amid the relegation gloom. Mark Hughes did well in his first match to get past a tricky side in Wigan Athletic and will propel himself to glory sharpish should the Saints dispatch of Chelsea and then win in the final, going a step further than the 2002-03 side, now to mention the EFL Cup final defeat last term. As for Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and the Blues, this season's FA Cup doesn't represent merely a booster trophy to other silverware; it represents each of these clubs' only chance of winning silverware. Let's face it, Manchester City have won the Premier League. We've pretty much known this since the turn of the year, and now it's more a matter of when rather than if. Will it be before the derby, leaving United possibly having to do a guard of honour, or during the derby, or can the Red Devils avoid either of those ignominies and keep the champagne on ice for a little longer? United were expected to be challenging for the league alongside City but they've been a distant second for much of the season and are now facing a battle for second, with Liverpool and Spurs - and possibly Chelsea - hoping to finish as high as they can. In addition, all three managed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League but all three fell at the last-16 stage as Sevilla, Juventus and Barcelona all ran out relatively comfortable winners. Jose Mourinho has found himself under pressure in the last few weeks and his 12-minute monologue the other week seemed less "inspirational speech" and more "under-stress individual about to crack", so he will be hoping to get his hands on the FA Cup - it'll be more of a consolation prize, but failure to claim it will mean the ignominy of a "trophyless season". If Mourinho is on thin ice, Antonio Conte is very much struggling to tread water having fallen through a crack in the ice. Chelsea's woeful defence of their Premier League title and five-point gap between themselves and the top four is bad enough, but his constant spats and digs at the board during his press conferences aren't exactly going to endear him to Roman Abramovich - an owner with a history of sacking managers for less than what Conte has been doing/not doing. And then there's Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham, a side with arguably one of the best managers in the league but with a board that isn't particularly well liked by fans, due to the player wage ceiling which they believe leaves them open to poaching, not to mention the planned price of season tickets at the new stadium. Also, Spurs have been starved of silverware for a whole decade since they won the 2008 League Cup - and before then, the 1991 FA Cup - so a trophy would do wonders for securing the legacy of one of the most talented Spurs sides in recent memory. So how will the competition end this year? Will Mourinho do an Arsene Wenger and pick up a second FA Cup in a row as a consolation for a close-but-no-cigar Man United side? Could Conte suffer a similar fate to Louis van Gaal in winning the cup and being fired straight after? Will Pochettino finally guide his superb young side to cup glory? Or will Hughes upset the odds and guide Southampton to their first major trophy since the 1970s? Share your thoughts about this opinion feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  19. France head coach Didier Deschamps has claimed that Paul Pogba "won't be enjoying" his current situation at Manchester United. The 25-year-old has struggled to impress under Jose Mourinho this season and has been left out of the starting XI for United's last three games. Pogba, who returned to Old Trafford from Juventus for a then world record £89m in August 2016, is among those featured in the 25-man France squad for this month's friendlies against Colombia and Russia. Deschamps is concerned about the player, however, with the World Cup in Russia just a few months away. "I don't know what it is. I'm sure I'll hear about it. Of course, it's a situation he won't be enjoying," the Les Bleus boss is quoted by Sky Sports as saying. "As to why or how things came to this, there may be many reasons. I have a great deal of talks with players at our training camps, to gauge their feelings. It's not just Paul. "Obviously, this is a situation he won't appreciate in relation to everything he's done. There can be many, varied reasons. He can't be happy with what he's going through with his club." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. Former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has claimed that his former players refused to read his emails and deemed them "unprofessional". The former Netherlands boss spent two seasons in charge at Old Trafford, but was sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho in May 2016, just two days after leading the club to their first FA Cup trophy in 12 years. Van Gaal revealed he used to have individual meetings with players to track their progress, but says they would often ignore his messages preparing them for the session, forcing him to track when they had been read. "I developed the digital tracker with my IT man. Each player was able to log in," Van Gaal told German outlet Bild. "So I gave everyone the opportunity to prepare for the conversation with me at home and to meet me in dialogue at eye level." When asked about players not responding to emails, he said: "That's true, too. But this testifies to their lack of professionalism and I have then addressed them. "But I already did that with the emails at Bayern. My conviction is that a full professional also wants to live professionally. Like Arjen Robben. He read the emails." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  21. The 2017-18 FA Cup semi-final draw was made on Sunday evening following the conclusion of the final quarter-final tie. Manchester United have been drawn against Tottenham Hotspur, while Chelsea will face Southampton in the last four. The Red Devils booked their place in Sunday's draw with a 2-0 home victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in the quarter-finals. Mauricio Pochettino's side made the semi-finals for a second successive season with a heavy victory at Swansea City on Saturday. Jose Mourinho's charges will face Spurs at Wembley Stadium, their temporary home this season. Chelsea, meanwhile, needed extra time to see off Leicester City in Sunday's encounter at the King Power Stadium as Pedro got his side's second in a 2-1 win over the 2016 Premier League champions. The Blues will be up against the Saints, guided by new manager Mark Hughes to a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium in the Welshman's first game in charge of the top-flight strugglers. The semi-final ties will take place at Wembley on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  22. Jose Mourinho has claimed that his players must "learn to survive" with the expectation that comes with playing for Manchester United. The Red Devils boss gave a 12-minute monologue at his Friday news conference, asking supporters for patience as he attempts to rebuild the club's "football heritage". The speech came following Tuesday's Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla, which was met by scorn by fans and pundits alike. Mourinho continued to stress that the club is in a restructuring process, explaining that defeats such as that to the La Liga side will teach the squad how to deal with the burden of being a United player. "They have to learn how to cope with that level of expectation and that level of pressure and they have to survive and when they survive they become stronger," Mourinho said. "You know, easy life, and the fans not upset and no critics, that's not good.That's not good, because if you want to make a real top team with top mentality they need to grow up. "They need to grow up and the best way to grow up is to have this kind of feeling. So, I don't want the fans to have lower expectations, I want the fans to have high expectations because I want the players to have high expectations too." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  23. The FA Cup quarter-finals take place this weekend and the action is hotting up, with just eight teams left to duke it out for the grand prize of the famous, historic silverware. Two games on each day, so we at Football Manics will start with the fixtures that take place on Saturday. Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (12:15pm) Swansea are in the last eight of the competition for the first time in more than 50 years and have been in great form under Carlos Carvalhal, but will be hamstrung going into this game given Jordan Ayew, the club's top scorer, is suspended after being sent off at Huddersfield last weekend. That said, Spurs talisman Harry Kane will also be on the sidelines as he suffered ankle ligament damage during last weekend's 4-1 win at Bournemouth, while Dele Alli and Danny Rose will face late fitness tests for a side which has won its last four Premier League games in a row. Amazing though Swansea's run may have been, and even though there might be a little more focus on the FA Cup now they're in the last eight, I still think Spurs will take it more seriously, due to it being their last chance of a trophy this term, and will boast more quality than the hosts, who remain mired in the relegation fight. Score prediction: Swansea 0-2 Spurs Manchester United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion (7:45pm) Man United were surprisingly knocked out of the Champions League in midweek at the hands of Sevilla but will be hoping to redeem themselves by progressing in the FA Cup, their last realistic chance of silverware this season, with Jose Mourinho confirming that he'll have the same players at his disposal that he had against the La Liga side in midweek. Brighton are still nervously looking over their shoulders in the Premier League relegation battle but they're not in massive peril so they'll be able to take this game a little more seriously than if they were in serious danger, and their only new injury concerns are Gaetan Bong and Dale Stephens, who face late fitness tests. That said, I still think United will boast more quality and desire - obviously the team is better on paper, but also the players will feel they have something to prove, plus Mourinho will have drilled the importance of this game into this players, and add to that the home advantage and it looks as though the Red Devils should come out on top. Score prediction: Man United 3-1 Brighton Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  24. Manchester United have announced that defender Marcos Rojo has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until June 2021, with the option to extend for a further year. The 27-year-old joined the Red Devils in August 2014 and, during his time at the club, he has won an FA Cup, a League Cup, a Europa League title and a Community Shield. "Since I joined Manchester United, it has been everything I thought it would be and more," Rojo told the official club site. "I am extremely happy to extend my stay at this great club. "When I joined, my aim was to help the team win trophies and we have done that over the past couple of seasons. I "I am working hard to get back on the pitch. I would like to thank the fans for their support and the manager for the confidence and help he has given me both on and off the pitch." Jose Mourinho added: "Marcos has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of seasons, and has always shown great professionalism. "Although his injury has kept him sidelined over these past few weeks, Marcos is working hard to return to full fitness. "He is always ready to put his body on the line for this club and I am delighted he has signed a new contract." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  25. Sky have confirmed that Jamie Carragher has been suspended for the remainder of the football season and will discuss with him whether he is ready to return to his punditry role ahead of the start of next season. The suspension comes after the former Liverpool stalwart was filmed spitting towards a father and his 14-year-old daughter from his car window into their vehicle. Carragher has since apologised for the incident, which occured during an altercation while he was driving away from Old Trafford following Saturday's match between Manchester United and Liverpool. He accepted his behaviour was “unacceptable”, described the incident as a “moment of madness” and said his “biggest regret was that a young girl was caught up in the middle of the altercation”. A statement from Sky said: "Following an internal review, Sky has suspended Jamie Carragher for the remainder of the football season. "Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again. "Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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