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Manchester United manager José Mourinho reveals two of his stars are doubts for FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley next Saturday.

“Anthony [Martial], I have to wait a bit for more. It’s his knee.

“He was injured in the Friday training session and on Saturday he couldn’t train. He had treatment in the morning at the training ground and he stayed away.

“I’m waiting for the doctor but when it’s impossible to play today, I have my doubts for the Cup final. Let’s wait and see, also for Romelu [Lukaku]. I know he will be back on Tuesday.”

United, who finished second behind Premier League champions Manchester City, will start the preparation for the final tomorrow, as Mourinho revealed:

We’ll have one day off to disconnect a little bit but then, of course, on Tuesday we start thinking about the last week of work and the last week of work is for a final, so we don’t need more motivation than what we have.”

 

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A terrible news shocked the football world tonight: English football legend Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital because of a brain hemorrhage.

The former Manchester United boss had emergency surgery on Saturday and an official statement by the Old Trafford club said the procedure “had gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery”.

United’s club captain Michael Carrick said he was “devastated” to learn his former manager had undergone emergency surgery.

“All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Be strong boss,” he wrote on Twitter.

This afternoon Doncaster Rovers, the club managed by Ferguson’s son Darren, announced their head coach couldn’t attend the match due to “personal reasons” but no one could imagine that was related to his famous father until Man United released their official statement.

Ferguson was seen last weekend at Old Trafford to greet Arsene Wenger, at his last visit to the historic ground as the Arsenal boss, joking with him and current Red Devils manager José Mourinho before kick off.

 

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was keen on a move to Old Trafford and to reunite with his former boss at Stamford Bridge as he told him that he wanted to leave his club ahead of a permanent move.

“I didn’t think it was possible unless something special was happening – he told MUTV on Tuesday – Matic last March in 2017 told me: ‘I want to play for you and play for Manchester United and I’m going to do it,’ and he made it happen”.

Matic joined the Red Devils on a £40m bid in the summer transfer window.

 

 

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Only José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have been better than current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who won 50 of his 73 Premier League games as manager.

The Italian boss reached an important mark following a slow start to the season and his outstanding 2016/17 campaign, when the Blues lifted the Premier League title.

Mourinho got 50 wins after only 63 games in charge at Chelsea, while Pep Guardiola reached the target with Manchester City this season as well.

 

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Mohamed Salah is the man of the moment in the football world: with his top performances he has brought Liverpool a couple of steps far from the Champions League final, adding three assists to his two goals in the first leg of the semifinal against Roma the other night.

Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho defends himself from critics who accused him to have sold the Egyptian player.

Salah was bought from Chelsea in 2014, when the Portuguese was in charge, but he wasn’t ready for English football and went on loan in Italy in two different spells firstly to Fiorentina and then to Roma.

The Giallorossi eventually signed him on a permanent deal in summer 2016, but then they were forced to sell him to Liverpool one year later to respect FPF.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Mourinho claimed:

“I think everything has surprised even him. It has been fantastic,” the Manchester United boss said of Salah’s breakout season.

“But he is a great player that has reached the peak of maturity, he has already lived several other experiences and now has fitted perfectly into the style of play of the team, of the coach and of the club as well. So it doesn’t surprise me that much.”

Salah’s sensational campaign has left many to question Chelsea’s decision to sell him, and Mourinho defended himself from those queries, adding:

“It is the first time that I am going to say this, but it is another injustice that has been talked about me.

“People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite.

“I bought Salah.

“It is the opposite. I was the one that bought Salah. I was the one that told Chelsea to buy Salah. It was with me in charge that Salah came to Chelsea. But he came as a young kid, physically he was not ready, mentally he was not ready, socially and culturally he was lost and everything was tough for him.

We decided to put him on loan and he asked for that as well. He wanted to play more minutes, to mature, he wanted to go and we sent him on loan to Fiorentina, and at Fiorentina he started to mature.

“Chelsea decided to sell him, OK?

“And when they say that I was the one that sold him it is a lie. I bought him. I agreed to send him on loan, I thought it was necessary, I thought that Chelsea had wingers… Some of them are still there like Willian, Hazard and all those players already in a different level.

“So the decision to send him on loan was a decision we made collectively, but after that, the decision to sell him and to use that money to buy another player wasn’t mine. But even if it was, in football we make mistakes a lot of times, so many times some players develop in way we were not expecting, some other don’t reach another level like we thought they would, so I don’t even think this is a mistake, it is just part of the job.

“But effectively I did buy Salah, I didn’t sell Salah, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that he is a fantastic player, and I am really happy for everything that is happening for him and especially because he scores against everyone and he didn’t score against us in two games.”

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Martin Keown, former Arsenal defender, believes the Fa Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United will be very thrilling and both managers have different reasons to try to lift the trophy at Wembley.

We are in for a cracking final. There is so much at stake for these two managers,” Keown told the Daily Mail. Jose Mourinho likes to count his trophies and point to his success. ‘Antonio Conte, on the other hand, is yet to win a domestic cup competition having lost last year’s FA Cup final and the final of the 2012 Coppa Italia with Juventus. ‘His team won 30 of their 38 league games last season but for some reason he is yet to find a way to be successful in one-off showpieces. ‘If this is to be Conte’s final game in charge at Chelsea, he will want to go out a winner. A Premier League and an FA Cup in two years would be a very good return. During Chelsea’s semi-final with Southampton, Conte did not sit down for the whole match. There is still plenty of fight left in him. ‘Eden Hazard was electric against Southampton and in Alexis Sanchez, United have a player who scores at Wembley every time he plays there. ‘I just hope that this final does not become a tactical war of attrition. I would like to think the brilliance of the individuals on show will shine through.”

 

 

 

 

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Speaking to BBC Sport Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne described his relationship with José Mourinho when they both were at Chelsea in the end of 2013 as “distant”.

De Bruyne made just nine appearances during a two-year stint on the books at Chelsea before being sold to Wolfsburg in the January of 2014.

“I would say distant,” he told to BBC Sport’The Premier League Show about his relation with the Special One.

“I’m not really somebody who speaks a lot with coaches. I think if the coach wants to speak with you then you just do it.

“He’s the boss. You can be good with each other but still there’s a distance between a coach and a player.

“I only spoke with him twice. That was [firstly] when I wanted to leave for Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of the summer.”

De Bruyne and Mourinho will face again in the Manchester derby next weekend, with the Pep Guardiola‘s side that could secure the Premier League title with a win over the Red Devils.

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Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte had some problems in the past few weeks, but now the Portuguese defends his former team and the Italian manager who are being criticised after their poor Premier League results vs Manchester United and Manchester City.

Honestly, I know what you are writing as a consequence of yesterday,”  Mourinho said after Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Monday evening.  “But Chelsea is a fantastic team and, I know it looks a bit strange because you know we had problems in the past, but it’s quite ridiculous that I have to say how unfair it is to speak the way people are speaking about the English champion. ‘They are still the English champion. Chelsea was strong against us. They started very strong and created difficulty in that initial part of the game.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) shake hands after the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 25, 2018.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho claims his side beat a “fantastic team” today at Old Trafford.

Speaking after the final whistle the former Chelsea boss said:

“We beat a fantastic team: they were champions last season, for some reason, they did what they did with Barcelona, for some reason, they started the game so well like they started here….we beat a very good team but to beat a very good team you need to be organised but also you must have humble spirit, with everybody working, fighting and trying to follow a game plan.

Asked why his team started so slowly, Mourinho replied:

“They started very well, it’s simple, when they hit the post I was looking to my players and I was thinking ‘what can we do? who can I blame?’ it was played so well, so beautiful played that I had nothing to say.

“They are a very good team, they have a routine of their football, they have a fantastic dynamic of the way they project the wing-back so I was trying to find a way to let my players be dangerous in the central part of the pitch, because on the sides they are really good.

“So we found a way to play agains them where we didn’t concede much, I guess we had a good control of Eden [Hazard] he’s an amazing player and in the goal play he killed us, with the progression of the game we had more control of the game, even if we didn’t create a lot of chances, that’s they way I was expecting the game to be, a tight win.

McTominay stopped Hazard? I guess he’s a fantastic player, very modern, a top midfielder, he can do everything, the only thing he’s not doing yet is scoring goals, which he can, but because I am playing him starting from the basics. He’s doing a fantastic job for us, I don’t like to speak individuals, I think Matic and Pogba played phenomenal as well, my defenders [as well] Alexis did a good job. We felt more confident after we adjusted the defensive phase, I think we beat a fantastic team.”

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Chelsea lose 2-1 against Manchester United after being the best team in the first 45′ and taking the lead with Willian after 32′: the Red Devils respond with Lukaku ( 39′) and Lingard ( 75′) so, eventually, it’s José Mourinho that wins the duel with Antonio Conte after the war started in the press room a couple of months ago.

The Blues start better and Alvaro Morata hits the crossbar after only 5 minutes, an effort that would have deserved more luck after Marcos Alonso put in a great volée assist.

Conte’s lads are dominant in the first game but not able to produce serious dangers to David De Gea, who doesn’t have to save any ball, while United seem strained.

At 32′ Chelsea take the lead after a counter-attack brilliantly finished by Willian, with Man United goalkeeper that could have done better on the shot on his pole.

This is the episode that wakes Romelu Lukaku the Red Devils up: the Belgian, until then one of the worst on the pitch, finally controls a ball and, after great play by Pogba and Sanchez, scores the equaliser.

In the second half Mourinho’s boys enter with more determination and will to win: after a few minutes Lukaku, always him, almost net the ball again with a superb volée: Courtois miraculously saves hits and deflects in corner.

It wasn’t long, however, before the striker impacted the match – with his cross being headed into the back of the net by Lingard with 15 minutes to go, the English midfielder had entered some minutes before to replace an evanescent Martial.

Morata thought he had equalised in the 85th minute, but his goal was ruled out for offside, though replays showed the striker was onside. However, the referee ruled him offside before he even controlled the ball.

Manchester United were able to hold on to take all three points and consolidate their place in the top four while Chelsea now languish in fifth place with a crunch match against Manchester City to come next Sunday.

 

 

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