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  1. Wilfried Zaha has opened up about his "hell" at Manchester United and said his time at Old Trafford got him "down and depressed". The winger joined the Red Devils as a teenager after playing a big part in Crystal Palace's promotion back to the Premier League in 2013. However, he failed to make an impact under David Moyes and says the switch led to his toughest spell in football amid a number of rumours about his personal life. "Obviously, getting to United isn't easy, so not being given a chance is hard to take," he told The Sun. "I don't regret anything because it made me stronger. I feel as though I can deal with anything now. "I went through so much with United, with England. There were rumours that the reason I wasn't playing for United was because I slept with David Moyes's daughter, and no one attempted to clear that up. "So I was fighting my demons by myself, these rumours that I knew weren't true. "I was dealing with this at 19 - living in Manchester by myself, nowhere near anyone else, because the club had a hold over where I lived. "They hadn't given me a car, like every other player. Nothing. I'm living in this hell by myself, away from my family, and I thought, 'if this doesn't make me stronger, what will?' "When I was at United I had money, but I was still so down and depressed. People think your life's different because you've got money, you've got fame, so they don't treat you the same. "I don't regret anything because it made me stronger. I feel as though I can deal with anything now." 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. Edwin van der Sar believes Manchester United face an "uphill battle" in the Premier League after their slow start to the season. The Red Devils are already six points off the pace in the league after suffering consecutive defeats to Brighton and Tottenham. Jose Mourinho's job is not believed to be under immediate threat but Van der Sar believes United could struggle under the Portuguese this season. "Last year, there was a very big gap [to Manchester City] and this year they've started badly, losing two of their first three games," said Van der Sar, who won four league titles during his time at Old Trafford. "It will be an uphill battle. You have so many strong teams in the Premier League. It is going to be difficult this year." 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. Since Jose Mourinho arrived on the scene at Porto, many people were full of praise. More so when he joined the likes of Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid where he achieved success wherever he went. But has the Mourinho that everyone wanted to be the manager of their club disappeared? Has the Special One lost his touch? Just 3 games into the new Premier League season, Manchester United look far from convincing challengers. They have at times looked mediocre under Mourinho. Last season, they finished second behind city rivals Manchester City, by a margin of 19 points. Mourinho has earned critics over the years but often silenced them by guiding his teams to major success. In December 2015, months after winning the Premier League with Chelsea, Mourinho was sacked with 9 losses from his first 16 league games. Was this the turning point from the ruthless Mourinho of old we saw when he first entered the Premier League in 2004? When he arrived in 2004, he took the league by storm leading his Chelsea team to 2 consecutive Premier League titles. He also became Chelsea's most successful manager winning 6 trophies in 3 years in his first spell at the club as well as boasting an undefeated Stamford Bridge record, which would ultimately be ended by Sunderland in his second spell in charge of the club. Having won trophies at Porto, Chelsea & Inter Milan, Mourinho didn't enjoy his time with Real Madrid despite winning the Copa Del Rey and La Liga while in charge of the Galacticos. It was after the defeat to local rivals, Atletico Madrid, in the 2013 Copa Del Rey Final when Mourinho and Real Madrid decided to part company. Was Real Madrid a step to far for the "Special One"? He certainly didn't look comfortable there as he once did while in charge of his previous three clubs. When Mourinho arrived at Manchester United, which was the worst kept secret in football, fans were in belief that the glory days of one of football's biggest clubs would be heading back their way. Which they hadn't seen since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. It certainly looked set to be as in his first season he won the Europa League & EFL Cup. But nothing ever materialised after that with fans calling for Mourinho to change his style of play and disappointed in seeing Mourinho's tactic of "Parking the Bus" which was made famous for his style of play for Chelsea. Following on from Manchester United's defeat to Brighton, their were reports of a rift between him and Ed Woodward, which he later denied. He appears to have lost the dressing room with players such as Paul Pogba coming out after the game suggesting "they weren't in the right mind to play". Surely the Mourinho of old would have whipped his players for these comments? He has also failed to address the Riola - Scholes situation and Pogba - Barcelona situation. Which in previous years he would have been first to step in. Manchester United have now lost 2 games from their opening 3 games a feet they haven't seen since their title winning season in 1992/93. With Zinedine Zidane lurking, open to taking charge, could we be seeing the end of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United? It certainly appears to be looking more likely given his recent post-match interviews suggesting he "deserves respect" and having short interviews uncharacteristically. Pundits have also started to suggest Mourinho has been putting on a front, suggesting he's not the same "Special One" he once was. Has the "Special One" Disappeared? Will we see Zidane succeed Mourinho? What next for Mourinho? Share your thoughts about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin says he did not use interest from Manchester United to secure an improved contract. The Uruguay defender was rumoured to be a transfer target for Manchester United on deadline day, but a move failed to materialise. A report by The Sun suggested Jose Mourinho blamed Godin's agent for supposedly wanting to use interest by the Red Devils as leverage to land his client a fresh deal. However, ahead of Wednesday night's UEFA Super Cup final match against Real Madrid in Tallinn, Godin denied the events were linked. "I have not renewed," Godin said. "I have had offers, although I have decided to stay for personal reasons, and I am only thinking about the final. "But I have not extended my contract. I saw that news came out but I do not know where it came from." 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 failed to sign defender Diego Godbin on deadline day. Claims came in that there is now an unrest at the club due to the failed signings before time ran out. Manchester United were unsuccessful in their bid to sign Gobin from Atletico Madrid, along with the attempted move of Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng, Harry Maguire and Yerry Mina. Recently Sky news in Italy reported that United had rejected a bid of £45m aswell as not agreeing on the move of Andre Gomes, Paul Pogba and Yerry Mina from Barcelona" Jose reportedly showed his frustration at the clubs lack of signings at a conference meeting, although Mourinho said their team is ready for the season ahead. Mourinho stated "One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it's true but it's still a lie. So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, the perception of the people that read can be different, but I like my players and my group. I enjoyed the last season, the fight to finish where we finished and to manage the best position in five or six years" He went on to say "I'm going to enjoy this season. Again, I know the words you want me to say or not to say. It depends on the music, but words for me don't come easy. I think by the end of November or December, you don't need words, you will see by then which teams are candidates to win the Premier League. In this moment, words are not important." The transfer window has now closed for us, Europeon clubs have until the end of August to sign players. Jose also said "All my players came on monday, tuesday, wednesday and thursday appearing happy and no unrest shown. I have a conversation with Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard. To know how they feel physically, mentally to try to give us a help."
  6. Jose Mourinho has stated that he "didn't learn anything" from Manchester United's pre-season tour. The Portuguese boss has endured a tricky tour in the United States in which he expressed his reservations about issues such as missing key players, extended holidays and transfers. However, the trip ended on a high as United beat Real Madrid 2-1 in Miami in the International Champions Cup, although Mourinho does not believe he has gained any knowledge about his included first-team players. "I didn't learn anything [from the tour]," he said. "I know what Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez are. "I know the kids are very young and need time to grow up, I know my players gave everything and in the last 15 minutes, we are dead and they bring on Toni Kroos and Asensio and Isco and I thought we wouldn't resist but we did. "That's the spirit we need, because our first two or three weeks in the Premier League are going to be really hard for us... we didn't prepare for that. "People like Herrera, Bailly, Darmian, Mata, all these guys, were phenomenal during the whole pre-season, playing almost every minute of every game. "The game today - if we win 2-1, we lose 2-1 or draw 2-2 - it doesn't change anything but of course I know the players and I know I can count on them. "I know that these guys are amazing professionals and I know that they give everything for the club, for the prestige of the club. The guys were absolutely phenomenal. "My players were amazing in their effort but we have more effort in front of us because in a few days, we go to Munich and in 10 days, we start the Premier League." 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. Jose Mourinho has admitted that he would not have paid to watch his under-strength Manchester United side on their pre-season tour of the United States. The Red Devils could only manage draws in 90 minutes against Mexican side Club America, MLS outfit San Jose Earthquakes, and AC Milan in their International Champions Cup opener. They were then hammered 4-1 by arch-rivals Liverpool at 'The Big House' stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday night. "The atmosphere is good but if I was them, I wouldn't come," Mourinho told reporters. "I wouldn't spend my money to see these teams. I was watching on television Chelsea against Inter and the people in Nice decided the beach was better. They didn't go to the game, the stadium was empty. "I think the passion many Americans have for soccer deserves more. They deserve the best teams and invest to bring the best clubs to the US. "But we, and some other clubs, were not able to give to the people the real quality football that can attract even more passion in this country." 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. Former Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that Paul Pogba has answered his critics "with his feet". The Swedish legend was previously a club teammate of Pogba's, who has endured slightly mixed fortunes at Old Trafford. Pogba has come in for criticism at times during his United stint and was even dropped on occasion last season by manager Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman, however, was in fine form at the World Cup and was among the scorers in the final, as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the tournament for the second time. Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports: "I played with him for two years and people like to give their opinion, which they have the right to do. They judge but I think the result speaks for itself. "You don't need to answer by your mouth, you can answer by your feet, and do what you are good at. That is the way it is supposed to be and the way I like to do it. "He is young. He won the World Cup, he was in the Champions League final (with Juventus), the Europa League final (with United), the European (Championship) final (with France) - and he won many titles at Juventus. "What more is there to say? Just enjoy the games and I know he will become better." 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. Marouane Fellaini has signed a contract extension at Manchester United until June 2020 with the option of a further year. The 30-year-old had been linked with a move to Turkey with Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray reportedly interested. During his five-year spell at Old Trafford, Fellaini has made 156 appearances and scored 20 goals, winning the FA Cup, EFL Cup, Europa League and Community Shield. The Belgium midfielder said in a statement: "I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. I made this decision because I am very happy here. "Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve. I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. "My focus now is on the World Cup and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead." Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said: "I am very happy Marouane is staying with us. I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that 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.
  10. Anthony Martial has decided he wants to leave Manchester United, according to his agent. Philippe Lamboley, director of USFA management, has told French media that United do not want to lose the France international but have not found an agreement with him over a new contract. "After thinking about all the possibilities and scenarios, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United," Lamboley told RMC Sport. "There are many scenarios. For now, it's premature to talk about it. Anthony will speak later to explain all of this. "Manchester United want to extend Anthony's contract and do not want him to leave, but we have not been able to find an agreement for several months. "I think that when Manchester United, which is the most powerful club in the world it must be remembered, do not find an agreement in eight months of negotiations, it is because they do not really want to make him an important member of the team. That's the root of this decision. It is a well-considered decision. "However, it is quite obvious and it is very important to remember that he is under contract, that Manchester United will have the last word and that we will respect the decision of the club, and he will fulfil his commitment to them. "However, we do not share the same vision for Anthony's future. Today, Anthony is disappointed because he has shown for three seasons the love he has for the club and its supporters." 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. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists that he has no plans to coach Portugal in the immediate future. The Portuguese boss has previously said that he might look to take charge of his country once he becomes tired of club football. However, he told GQ Magazine: "I am not close at all. "I think being the coach of a club is my job, because I need to play matches every week and train every day. "I would say I am even further away from being tired now than I was a few years ago." Euro 2016 champions Portugal will be managed by Fernando Santos this summer as they look to win a second successive major tournament. 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. Departing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has refused to rule out a potential move to Manchester United. The 35-year-old announced earlier this month that he would be leaving the Etihad after eight years with the club, but does not want to hang up his boots yet. In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Toure has not ruled out a move to local rivals United, who are looking to replace the experience of Michael Carrick in the middle of the park. When asked about the retiring midfielder, Toure said: "Yeah, he just left. "Let's see, let's see. I don't rule big teams out. The big teams are very important for me. What they want to achieve, the way they want to go, for me is very important. "I want to go somewhere I can win and achieve. It's going to be hard one day to play against City, but I have to do that. It is part of my job. "I've been playing football for such a long time, I'm no good in the office or something else. I am good in football. "To see myself at a different club is going to be difficult. I have been such a big part of City for such a long time now. "I just want to say that definitely I will continue to play at a high level - Champions League or Europa League. "I want to play two more years. They have to be in the higher level and then I can do something else." 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. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he will shake Jose Mourinho's hand when the Blues face Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley this afternoon. The two managers have endured a tense relationship during their time in opposing dugouts in the Premier League. However, Conte said on Friday: "Tomorrow I will shake his hand and both of us will think of the game. "It is not important what happened [previously]. There is a normal relationship between me and him." Conte also bemoaned the fact that he could win the cup and yet be sacked in the aftermath. "Usually, when you have a lot of positive situations, it's more simple," he said. "When you have a negative situation, then you must be prepared to work very hard, to work to improve every aspect. I think in this season, I did this together with my staff. "There are other people to judge your work, to judge the season, I don't think I'd be the right person to say: 'OK, if we win I plan this situation', or 'if we don't win, I plan another situation'. "I'm not interested in this. I'm interested in winning the final. This is the most important thing for me, for my players. "It's right to separate the two things because, otherwise, if you don't win it means you didn't work very well. "Sometimes you can win but the club decides to sack you anyway because they have a reason to do this." 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. Ander Herrera has urged Manchester United to make Sunday's final Premier League game a "beautiful day" for the retiring Michael Carrick. Carrick, 36, will hang up his boots at the end of the season and join as a coach after a 12-year playing career at Old Trafford. Despite only starting three games in all competitions this season, Mourinho has confirmed Carrick will be in Sunday's starting line-up against Watford at Old Trafford. This way, United fans can pay tribute in the final home game of the season. "It's all about having a beautiful day and saying goodbye to Michael Carrick in the best way possible," the Spaniard told the Evening Standard. "Let's try and make it a beautiful day for him. He's a legend of the club... I really respect him and look up to him because of the way he plays. "He doesn't speak that much but he always does it in a serious and right way. He trains hard every day, even when he's not playing too much, and is so professional. "I've been so lucky to play with him for years and hopefully I can enjoy him as an assistant. He has been very successful for the club, one of the best midfielders in the last 10 years in the world, and he is a big loss." 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. Manchester United have announced that Jose Mourinho's assistant manager Rui Faria will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season. Faria, who has worked alongside Mourinho for 17 years, is expected to pursue an opportunity as a manager in his own right. Mourinho said: “Seventeen years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness. Seventeen years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager. “I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me but his happiness is more important and I respect his decision, especially because I know we will always be together. Be happy, brother!” In a statement on the United website, Faria said: “After a lot of consideration and with a very heavy heart I have decided the time is right to move on. I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life. “My heartfelt thanks go to José Mourinho for the belief he had in me all those years ago when it all was just a student dream. I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship.” 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. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at his fringe players following their 1-0 defeat at Brighton on Friday night. The Portuguese made six changes for the match, giving the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian game time as the Seagulls triumphed at the Amex Stadium. Although the Red Devils boss did not point the finger a specific individuals, he was quick to criticise the fringe squad members who were given a runout against the Seagulls. "It was not good enough," he told Sky Sports News. "The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is difficult for the team to play well. Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much. "I knew what was going to happen and I told them, but that is what we got. "The attitude from the first minute and especially in the first half, they had more appetite. I did not succeed in persuading my players that getting four more points is important. it is for me, but perhaps not for them. "I wouldn't say disappointed. I know them. I thought that the possibility to start the game and give reason would give them something. "You have the answer now when you ask 'why always [Romelu] Lukaku?'. We are probably not as good as people think we are individually." 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. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he is missing Manchester United and his former manager Jose Mourinho. In a video posted on United's official Twitter page, the striker addressed his old club as they met for their end of season awards on Tuesday. United agreed to the mutual termination of Ibrahimovic's contract in March, ahead of the 36-year-old signing for MLS side LA Galaxy. In a personal message to the United squad, the Swede said: "I see you are doing well. You made it to the [FA Cup] final, which I like a lot even if I am not there. "Here, everything is okay. I enjoy the sun every day. "I want to say to all the fans: 'I miss you, I miss playing at Old Trafford and seeing all the red shirts'. I have great memories from there. "I want to thank everybody for the push, adrenaline and energy you gave me. I want to thank my team-mates also because you have been fantastic and you made it easy for me. "Coach, I miss you also. You know what you need to do to win. There is no secret behind that." 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. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and hopes that he can lock horns with the Frenchman again in the dugout. Wenger's final trip to Old Trafford as Gunners boss started with a "classy" welcome from Sir Alex Ferguson, who presented his old sparring partner with a silver vase ahead of kickoff. "I hope that I play against (Wenger) again, I hope that can happen," Mourinho told Sky Sports after the 2-1 win for the Red Devils. "If not in the Premier League, who knows, we still have a big match waiting for us." Wenger added: "They're not always as you'd imagine, but it shows as well that life goes always on. Sometimes it gets better. "It was just another game for me but I'm very grateful for the gesture from Manchester 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.
  19. Jose Mourinho has confirmed that an agreement is "almost" in place for Marouane Fellaini to extend his contract at Manchester United. Fellaini was signed by former United boss David Moyes from Everton in September 2013, and has gone on to score 19 goals in 154 appearances for the club. The 30-year-old's deal expires at the end of the season, meaning he is able to negotiate a free transfer away from Old Trafford. Fellaini's stoppage-time header gave United all three points against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, and Mourinho is keen to keep the Belgium international at the club. Following the victory - which guaranteed United a top-four finish - Mourinho was asked by Sky Sports about Fellaini's future, and said: "The position is that we are almost there. "But in football, the almost is not enough. I think we are almost there, but I can't celebrate because almost is not enough. "I want to see the white paper with the United crest, Ed Woodward's signature and Marouane's signature." 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. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he wants the final month of his 22-year tenure to "go peacefully". The 68-year-old Frenchman announced last week that he will leave the Gunners in the summer. Arsenal face long-time rivals Manchester United in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Wenger boasting a notorious rivalry with Red Devils counterpart Jose Mourinho over the years. Wenger looked bemused when asked yesterday if he could be friends with Mourinho, eventually saying "it depends", but was also far more willing than usual to praise his rival's achievements. "I respect him a lot," said Wenger. "You should give me a little bit of peace for my final weeks, don't push me into a final confrontation. I want to go peacefully. Mourinho is a great manager." 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. Jose Mourinho has admitted to being regretful of some of the bust-ups he has had with Arsene Wenger over the years. The Gunners boss is stepping down from the role after almost 22 years, with Mourinho having previously expressed his respect for the Frenchman. There has, however, been bad blood between the two managers over the years that has strained their relationship and often resulted in insults being exchanged. The Portuguese coach has previously referred to Wenger as a "voyeur" and that he "likes to watch other people", as well as being a "specialist in failure". Wenger’s responses have included describing Mourinho as “stupid” and “disconnected with reality”. "There were little things it would obviously be better without - some gestures, some words," Mourinho told reporters ahead of United's home meeting with Arsenal on Sunday. "It's obviously better without. I feel better now without [insults]. When I arrived in England in 2004, they were champions, and famous champions - the 'Invincibles'. Then I arrive [at Chelsea], the next few years it was with them [battles for the title]. "It was an amazing team. So thank you very much for that. They pushed us to the limits. The two matches we played at Highbury, that amazing old stadium, were unforgettable. So thank you, thank you so much for that.Do I regret the little negative episodes? Yes, and I'm sure he does 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.
  22. Jurgen Klopp has likened Liverpool's habit of enjoying dominant spells against opponents to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United sides. The Reds scored three goals in 19 first-half minutes to take their Champions League quarter-final tie away from Manchester City, ultimately winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate. Klopp looks set to employ a similar tactic when they welcome Roma to Anfield for their semi-final first leg on Tuesday, after admitting he wants to use it to the same effect as rivals Manchester United in the 1990s and 2000s. "Is there something with Alex Ferguson, Man United," Klopp told Sky Sports. "At a specific time, they scored always twice? "Score, score? That is the opportunity. Score once, do it again. Use the momentum in the game. Of course we talk about it, of course we want to use that, but you still have to score. "The team is a really enthusiastic team. In a good moment, they jump and that's really good to see. "On the other hand, that's why the two Man City games were really special. We dealt with the very difficult circumstances in the two halves here and there on a high level. "That brought us to the semis, not that we can score one, two, three in a row. "In the moments when we are not in charge of the game, we are still in the game, that's a very important thing and that helped us massively." 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. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has stressed that he has "no problem" with manager Jose Mourinho and that "transfers" are not on his mind. Over the last few months, multiple media reports have suggested that the relationship between the two is somewhat strained, leading to rumours of an exit from Old Trafford. Asked about the rumours linking him with a summer move, Pogba told Canal Football Club: "Right now, I am at Manchester United and I am honestly only thinking about the present. "Transfers are not in my head. We are in the [FA] Cup final and the World Cup is around the corner." On the links to a possible summer move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain, he added: "You know, if I listened to everyone, I would be everywhere." Questions have also been raised about his relationship with Mourinho, to which he replied: "I don't have a problem with him, and I don't think he has a problem with me. "He's the coach and he has to make choices. I am a player and I accept them. I have to answer on the pitch." 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.

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