Manchester United

  • Mourinho slams Mkhitaryan for disappeari...

    Jose Mourinho has demanded improvement from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and accused the Manchester United playmaker of "disappearing" during games. Armenia international Mkhitaryan started the season in impressive form, supplying five assists in United's opening three Premier League matc...

    Mourinho slams Mkhitaryan for disappearing in matches

    Jose Mourinho has demanded improvement from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and accused the Manchester United playmaker of "disappearing" during games. Armenia international Mkhitaryan started the season in impressive form, supplying five assists in United's opening three Premier League matches before scoring in the 4-0 win over Everton in September. The 28-year-old's form has tailed off since and he missed out on United's last two matchday squads against Newcastle United and Basel. Mourinho told reporters the former Borussia Dortmund favourite would return to face Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday but left him under no illusions that his standards have been noted as dipping sharply. "I was not happy with his last performances," Mourinho said. "I'm not speaking about one or two, I'm speaking about three, four or five. "He started the season very well and after that step by step he was disappearing. His performance levels in terms of goal scoring and assists, high pressing, recovering the ball high up the pitch, bringing the team with him as a No 10, were decreasing step by step. "That was enough [to drop him] because the others worked to have a chance." Such criticism of creative attacking players have become a theme of Mourinho's management over recent years. Anthony Martial was urged not to "waste" his talent by his boss earlier this year, while Juan Mata – the Spain international who Mourinho sold to United while in charge of Chelsea – has been in and out of the starting line-up this season. "I think they give what they can," the Portuguese said. "I cannot complain about the dedication or the motivation. "They all try to give their best. I think we had an improvement with Martial. He's scoring more goals than last season. "The other players are what they are. They have different kinds of qualities. Sometimes they produce a lot, and we have lots of chances and we don't score enough. "The reality is that in the Premier League by not scoring enough we are still the second team with the [second] most goals scored."

  • Cantona criticises Mourinho's 'defensive...

    Eric Cantona has stated that while he loves Jose Mourinho, he would prefer to see his Manchester United side play more attacking football. The Portuguese has come in for criticism for a perceived defensive style, particularly away from home, with the Red Devils having scored fou...

    Cantona criticises Mourinho's 'defensive' tactics: It's not Man Utd

    Eric Cantona has stated that while he loves Jose Mourinho, he would prefer to see his Manchester United side play more attacking football. The Portuguese has come in for criticism for a perceived defensive style, particularly away from home, with the Red Devils having scored four goals in their last six matches on the road in all competitions. United 5/1 to beat Brighton 3-0 Mourinho defended his tactics in his pre-match press conference on Friday although United legend Cantona believes he should adopt a more attacking approach. He told BBC Radio Four: "He is playing in this defensive way, which is not the identity of Manchester United." Asked if he would prefer Pep Guardiola to be in charge, he added: "Manchester United, it's like Barcelona. I love Mourinho. I like his charisma, he is very clever, he takes all the pressure on him. I said before he joined Manchester United, I love the man. And I love Guardiola too. "Both are great, but I prefer attacking football, when it's more creative. It's the way I tried to play all my career. "United are my club. They are my blood more than my club, but if I watch a game today I prefer more creative games. "Like Barcelona or the Real Madrid of [Zinedine] Zidane, where you have players like [Luka] Modric or [Toni] Kroos who are the brains of the team." United face Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday looking to bounce back following the 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

  • 'Who is more ambitious than us?' - Mouri...

    Jose Mourinho has defended Manchester United's style of play while insisting he is not paying too much attention to the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City. Pep Guardiola's City lead rivals United by eight points, with the Etihad Stadium outfit also receiving plaudits ...

    'Who is more ambitious than us?' - Mourinho defends Man Utd style of play

    Jose Mourinho has defended Manchester United's style of play while insisting he is not paying too much attention to the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City. Pep Guardiola's City lead rivals United by eight points, with the Etihad Stadium outfit also receiving plaudits for a free-flowing approach that has seen them net 40 times in 12 league games this term. United 12/5 to net O3.5 vs. Brighton However, Mourinho disputed the suggestion that any side plays with more ambition than his own as United prepare for the visit of Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. "[To have] more ambition than we have at home is quite difficult," said the United boss. "I don't know who is more ambitious than us. "We played against Newcastle with [Paul] Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, [Juan] Mata, [Romelu] Lukaku; the full-backs are not full-backs, [Antonio] Valencia and [Ashley] Young are wingers not full-backs. "So I don't know what you want." With the Brighton game followed in quick succession by clashes with Watford and Arsenal, United have an opportunity to close in on City, who they face on December 10 – but that is not at the forefront of Mourinho's mind. "We cannot think about the gap," he added. "We cannot think about the gap to City, to the fifth position. We just have to focus on ourselves and in matches. "It's probably the first time this season with three Premier League matches in one week, with a couple of days in between matches, but I think every team is prepared for that, even when I look to teams with other ambitions I see fantastic squads so I think the teams are going to cope with the week. "Obviously, for us, Brighton, Watford, Arsenal is a very important week. But let's focus on Brighton, ninth in the table, good team, difficult to beat, don't concede many goals, have a mix of physicality, aggression, quality, creativity. I think Chris Houghton is doing a great job. "We must focus on this one. I know we have a good record at home and are strong at home, but the opponent is going to be difficult for us."

  • Mourinho fears Fellaini will leave for f...

    Jose Mourinho has expressed his concern that Marouane Fellaini could leave the club for nothing in summer 2018. The Belgian's contract expires next summer, with Goal having previously revealed that he has turned down an offer of new terms to remain at Old Trafford. Fellaini 21/...

    Mourinho fears Fellaini will leave for free in 2018

    Jose Mourinho has expressed his concern that Marouane Fellaini could leave the club for nothing in summer 2018. The Belgian's contract expires next summer, with Goal having previously revealed that he has turned down an offer of new terms to remain at Old Trafford. Fellaini 21/10 to net vs. Brighton As revealed by Goal, Fellaini's agent had approached Serie A champions Juventus over a possible more for the player, although the Italian giants are not interested in signing him. And Mourinho insists that the matter is out of his hands now and that it is up to the board to negotiate with the former Everton midfielder over a new deal. He told reporters: "Yeah, I am [concerned Fellaini could leave]. It is a discussion between the player and the board.  "Discussions are under [the board's] control. So I just wait, wishing that they will have an understanding but it's out of my control." Fellaini has featured in 11 games in all competitions for United in the 2017-18 campaign and has emerged as a key player under Mourinho's management. The Portuguese has previously expressed his admiration for the Belgian, commenting that he feels "weaker" without the midfielder in his team. "He's an important player for me - a lot more important than you can imagine," he said back in September.   "I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, doesn't matter if it's on the pitch or on the bench. If his conditions are improved, he will be selected, I need him."

  • Mourinho reveals Jones & Bailly both...

    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that central defensive duo Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will miss Saturday's meeting with Brighton. Both players were also absent for United's 1-0 Champions League defeat to FC Basel, with Jones out of action with a thigh injury an...

    Mourinho reveals Jones & Bailly both out of Brighton clash

    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that central defensive duo Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will miss Saturday's meeting with Brighton. Both players were also absent for United's 1-0 Champions League defeat to FC Basel, with Jones out of action with a thigh injury and Bailly struggling with a problem he picked up on international duty. United 1/2 to keep clean sheet Mourinho had previously suggested Bailly could come into contention for Saturday's game at Old Trafford but has now once again ruled both players out.  "They are out," he told MUTV when asked about Jones and Bailly. "But we are okay because we have Smalling, Rojo and Lindelof." Mourinho also confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is again set to feature for the third game in a row: "I prefer him on the pitch than off the pitch. "On the pitch he’s another option for us and he’s an option of quality. His physicality and his intelligence, the way he moves, the way he plays. "But he needs time. We managed to give him 15/20 minutes in both matches, he needs more of that, so hopefully tomorrow we play him again." Paul Pogba has impressed since his return from injury, playing a starring role in the win over Newcastle United in his first game back, and Mourinho has revealed he is still of the mind that he needs to protect the Frenchman. He continued: "Paul is still on this process where he cannot reach the fatigue limit, he cannot go more than 65 to 70 minutes because that’s when fatigue normally arrives and with so many matches consecutively we need to protect such an important player for us." United will be aiming to keep pace with City at the top of the Premier Leauge table, with Mourinho's men currently trailing Pep Guardiola's side by eight points after 12 matches.

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