Manchester United

  • Conte hints at unhappiness with Hazard w...

    Antonio Conte hinted he was not happy with Eden Hazard's work-rate after substituting the Belgium star in Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United. Hazard was brought off in the 74th minute of the contest at Old Trafford with the scores still locked at 1-1. United scored the w...

    Conte hints at unhappiness with Hazard work-rate in Man Utd loss

    Antonio Conte hinted he was not happy with Eden Hazard's work-rate after substituting the Belgium star in Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United. Hazard was brought off in the 74th minute of the contest at Old Trafford with the scores still locked at 1-1. United scored the winner shortly after with Jesse Lingard heading home a cross from Romelu Lukaku, who added an assist to the goal he netted to cancel out Willian's opener. Hazard had set up Willian for the Chelsea goal, but Conte suggested that his influential forward had failed to maintain his high standards in the second half and that his withdrawal was merely a tactical decision. "No Hazard [is not injured], no," he told a news conference. "It was a tactical decision.  "You have to keep the same performance for 90 minutes, we didn't have a great balance, and every single player has to try to work with the ball, without the ball, otherwise we lose our balance. "I think he'd finished his energy because the first half he ran a lot. The second half he started the same way, but when I see a player is a bit tired, my task is to find a different solution." Conte opted to start with Alvaro Morata up front instead of going with Olivier Giroud or employing Hazard as a false nine as he did in the midweek Champions League draw against Barcelona. The Spain striker hit the crossbar and had a goal harshly ruled out for offside, but Morata – who is without a league goal since December – again largely underwhelmed. Explaining his decision, Conte said: "He played for 90 minutes, like the other players they tried to put everything [in] and give their all. "For sure he can improve. I can take different decisions game by game. I took this decision to find the balance."

  • Mourinho hails Lukaku display against ol...

    Jose Mourinho hailed the performance of striker Romelu Lukaku after he scored one and created the other in a 2-1 Premier League win against former club Chelsea on Sunday. After Willian gave the Blues the lead at Old Trafford, Lukaku hauled United level by slotting in from close ...

    Mourinho hails Lukaku display against old club Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho hailed the performance of striker Romelu Lukaku after he scored one and created the other in a 2-1 Premier League win against former club Chelsea on Sunday. After Willian gave the Blues the lead at Old Trafford, Lukaku hauled United level by slotting in from close range after good combination play from Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial. Lukaku then crossed for substitute Jesse Lingard to head in the winner for United, capping an all-action display with a powerful driving run to release pressure in added time. While the goal was Lukaku's first against a top-eight Premier League club this season, it took him to 22 strikes in all competitions since joining United from Everton and Mourinho highlighted the Belgium international's performance. "He played fantastically well. At first he didn't find the right timing and lost the ball at times," Mourinho told a post-match news conference. "But then he went together with the team and finished the game and people go home with the image of the run where he could have gone and got a goal. It was important for us to open the gap." United cut the advantage rivals Manchester City hold at the top of the Premier League table to 13 points, with Mourinho's men now six clear of fifth-placed Chelsea in the battle for Champions League qualification. And although United conceded the first goal, Mourinho felt his side delivered a high-class performance against his old employers, where the Portuguese won three Premier League titles across two spells at Stamford Bridge. "We want always the perfection. We are always the best when we have the pen and paper, but sometimes on the pitch it was different," Mourinho said. "The work of Scott [McTominay] and [Nemanja] Matic was exceptional. We needed Paul [Pogba] and Alexis [Sanchez] to give us some balance in front of them. The players needed some time to adapt but I am really happy because from then they were intelligent. "They understood the change of Lingard and [Eric] Bailly, when they brought on [Olivier] Giroud. I am very happy and a great attitude as well. We have four important matches at home and today was a good start. "You can only win against the top teams with that humble attitude. It can happen, the attitude has to be really special and the players showed that.  "The beginning of the game was blue, we took some time to adapt to some new positions on the pitch, the players in the midfield took some time to press [N'Golo] Kante and [Danny] Drinkwater, but we found that balance.  "In the second half we were solid, we didn't create a lot of chances as against Chelsea that is not possible."

  • Conte demands VAR after Morata sees Old ...

    Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has demanded the introduction of VAR in the Premier League in the wake of his side's 2-1 loss to Manchester United. The champions took the lead at Old Trafford on Sunday through Willian but goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard secured the victory...

    Conte demands VAR after Morata sees Old Trafford equaliser ruled out

    Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has demanded the introduction of VAR in the Premier League in the wake of his side's 2-1 loss to Manchester United. The champions took the lead at Old Trafford on Sunday through Willian but goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard secured the victory for the home side. There was a controversial moment four minutes from the end of normal time, when Alvaro Morata steered Cesc Fabregas' pass into the net only to be flagged offside. Replays showed it was an extremely close call, with Chris Smalling almost exactly level with the Chelsea striker, and Conte believes the use of a video assistant referee, which has been trialled in cup games in England this season, would have made a difference. "I think the draw was the fair result for this game. But we are talking about a defeat and that's all," he told Sky Sports. "I must be honest, I didn't see the situation, but if you're telling me Alvaro Morata wasn't offside, I think VAR is very important, especially in England. There are a lot of moments in the game where there are things to super-check." The defeat left Chelsea in fifth place in the table, with Tottenham having moved into the top four with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, and Conte admits his side are now facing a tough task in the race for the Champions League places. "We had to be more clinical," he said. "Instead, we kept the game open, and the opponent made us pay. Manchester United are a great team, and we must be disappointed, because I repeat today, we could have done better. "We know there is a battle [for the top four] and it will be difficult to find a place in the Champions League." Midfielder Danny Drinkwater felt Chelsea deserved at least a draw against his old club, telling BBC Sport: "We definitely deserved more; first half, we were dominant. The second half was more even, but we didn't deserve to lose that match, no way. "Obviously there are bits we can improve on. First of all, we can improve on not conceding, and scoring more goals, but football can sometimes go against you and today's one of those days. "I didn't see Spurs' game, I was concentrated on ours, but it's down to us now. We have to get our results in order and hopefully the other results will look after themselves."

  • Premier League injuries, suspensions &am...

          ARSENAL █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Alexandre Lacazette - Injured, knee - Late March/early April return Santi Cazorla - Injured, Achilles - Res...

    Premier League injuries, suspensions & return dates

          ARSENAL █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Alexandre Lacazette - Injured, knee - Late March/early April return Santi Cazorla - Injured, Achilles - Rest of the season       BOURNEMOUTH █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Tyrone Mings - Injured, back - Unknown       BRIGHTON █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Steve Sidwell - Injured, back - Unknown Jiri Skalak - Injured, ankle - Unknown       BURNLEY █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Tom Heaton - Injured, shoulder - Early March Jon Walters - Injured, knee - Early March Scott Arfield – Injured, calf – March James Tarkowski – Injured, groin – March Robbie Brady - Injured, knee - Rest of the season Steven Defour - Injured, knee - Rest of the season       CHELSEA █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Tiemoue Bakayoko - Doubtful, knock David Luiz - Doubtful, knock Ross Barkley - Doubtful, thigh Izzy Brown - Injured, knee - Unknown Ruben Loftus-Cheek - Injured, ankle - Rest of the season       CRYSTAL PALACE █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Joel Ward - Doubtful, muscle injury Yohan Cabaye - Doubtful, adductor strain Martin Kelly - Doubtful, hamstring Mamadou Sakho - Doubtful, calf Jeffrey Schlupp - Injured, ankle - Early March Wilfried Zaha - Injured, knee - Mid-March return Julian Speroni - Injured, knee - Mid-April return Connor Wickham - Injured, knee - Unknown Scott Dann - Injured, knee - Rest of the season Bakary Sako - Injured, ankle - Rest of the season Jason Puncheon - Injured, knee - Rest of the season       EVERTON █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Phil Jagielka - Doubtful, knock Leighton Baines - Doubtful, calf Ramiro Funes Mori - Doubtful, fitness Seamus Coleman - Injured, thigh - Early March return Maarten Stekelenburg - Injured, groin - Mid March return Eliaquim Mangala - Injured, knee - Rest of the season, TBC James McCarthy - Injured, broken leg - Rest of the year       HUDDERSFIELD TOWN █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Philip Billing - Doubtful, illness Chris Lowe - Doubtful, hamstring  Aaron Mooy - Injured, knee - Early March return Elias Kachunga - Injured, knee - March return Jon Stankovic​ - Injured, knee injury - March return Sean Scannell - Injured, shoulder - March return       LEICESTER CITY █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Shinji Okazaki - Injured, knee - March return       LIVERPOOL █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Georginio Wijnaldum - Doubtful, illness Danny Ings - Doubtful, illness Nathaniel Clyne - Injured, back - Mid-March return       MANCHESTER CITY   █ BANNED Fabian Delph - Three-match ban - March 7 return + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Raheem Sterling - Doubtful, hamstring Benjamin Mendy - Injured, knee - April return       MANCHESTER UNITED █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Phil Jones - Doubtful, knock Marcos Rojo - Doubtful, knock Daley Blind - Doubtful, ankle Marouane Fellaini - Injured, knee - Late-March return ​Ander Herrera - Injured, hamstring - Unknown Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Injured, knee - Unknown       NEWCASTLE UNITED █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Islam Slimani - Doubtful, thigh Jesus Gamez - Injured, ankle - Unknown       SOUTHAMPTON █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Steven Davis - Doubtful, knock Shane Long, Injured, hamstring - Early March return Maya Yoshida - Injured, knee - Late March return Charlie Austin - Injured, hamstring - Late March/early April return       STOKE CITY █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Ryan Shawcross - Doubtful, ankle Peter Crouch - Doubtful, ankle Stephen Ireland - Injured, calf - Mid-March return       SWANSEA CITY █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Leon Britton - Injured, groin - Late February Renato Sanches - Injured, hamstring - Mid-March return Angel Rangel - Injured, groin - Late March/ early April Wilfried Bony - Injured, knee - Rest of the season Leroy Fer - Injured, Achilles - Rest of the season       TOTTENHAM █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Jan Vertonghen - Doubtful, knock Toby Alderweireld - Injured, thigh - March return       WATFORD █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Gerard Deulofeu - Doubtful, ankle Tom Cleverley - Doubtful, hamstring Younes Kaboul - Doubtful foot Will Hughes - Doubtful, hamstring Jerome Sinclair - Injured, muscular - March return Nathaniel Chalobah - Injured, knee - March return Christian Kabasele - Injured, hamstring - Unknown return Molla Wague - Injured, hamstring - Unknown return Craig Cathcart - Injured, knee - Unknown return Tommy Hoban - Injured, knee - Unknown return       WEST BROM █ BANNED n/a + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Hal Robson-Kanu - Doubtful, knock Daniel Sturridge - Injured, hamstring - Early March return Nacer Chadli - Injured, thigh - Late March return James Morrison - Injured, Achilles - Unknown       WEST HAM █ BANNED Arthur Masuaku - 6-match ban - March 18 return + INJURED / DOUBTFUL Andy Carroll - Injured, ankle - Late April return Edimilson Fernandes - Injured, ankle - Unknown Pedro Obiang - Injured, knee - Rest of the season

  • 'It doesn't need words' - Mourinho reluc...

    Jose Mourinho said his handshake with Antonio Conte after Manchester United's 2-1 win over Chelsea "did not need words" as the apparent truce between the pair continued after full-time. Manchester United manager Mourinho has been engaged in a bitter war of words with Conte for m...

    'It doesn't need words' - Mourinho reluctant to comment on Conte handshake

    Jose Mourinho said his handshake with Antonio Conte after Manchester United's 2-1 win over Chelsea "did not need words" as the apparent truce between the pair continued after full-time. Manchester United manager Mourinho has been engaged in a bitter war of words with Conte for much of the season, with their face-to-face meeting at Old Trafford long since anticipated as a result. But neither man was willing to talk about their feud in the lead up to the game, which saw Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard decide matters in United's favour after Willian had given Chelsea a first-half lead. And the post-match handshake took place with no further display of acrimony, with Mourinho saying afterwards: "The handshake doesn't need any words. "That's what me and Antonio want to show to everyone. We are not two ordinary people in football. We have a history." Mourinho was complimentary of former club Chelsea, while praising his side for finding a way to defeat a team that held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the Champions League in midweek. He told Sky Sports: "We beat a fantastic team, for some reason they were the champions last season, and for some reason they played well against Barcelona, and for some reason they started the game very well. "So, we beat a very good team, we had to be organised, everybody had to follow the game plan and have spirit. We beat a very good team. "They started very well and when they hit the post, I was looking at my players, what can we do, who can I blame, but it was such a lovely move, we couldn't stop it. "But we found a way to play against them, and we had a good control of Eden Hazard. Willian is an amazing player and he killed us with the goal. "But we had more control of the game than them, without creating lots of chances."

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