Manchester United

  • Manchester United to take action after L...

    Manchester United have threatened to take action against supporters who sang a controversial Romelu Lukaku chant in Saturday's Premier League match with Southampton. A number of the away fans reprised the song after the Belgium striker scored the only goal of the game at St Mary...

    Manchester United to take action after Lukaku chants resurface

    Manchester United have threatened to take action against supporters who sang a controversial Romelu Lukaku chant in Saturday's Premier League match with Southampton. A number of the away fans reprised the song after the Belgium striker scored the only goal of the game at St Mary's Stadium, before "we're Man United, we sing what we want" was also heard from the stand. The distasteful chant has been described by anti-discrimination body Kick It Out as "offensive" and both the club and Lukaku issued pleas this week for fans to refrain from singing it. United have now said they are speaking with police to identify those who "disrespected the player's wishes" by ignoring his request. A club spokesperson told Omnisport: "Manchester United has a zero-tolerance stance on offensive chanting and behaviour.  "The club and player have been clear in asking for an end to the chant.  "The club has worked with relevant bodies and supporters groups in trying to eradicate any offensive behaviour and will take further action against individuals if this continues.  "The club is in discussion with the police and has asked for CCTV footage from Southampton and will try to identify those who disrespected the player's wishes not to sing the song." The 1-0 win lifted Jose Mourinho's side to 16 points from six matches, level with Manchester City, who lead the table on goal difference. It was Lukaku's eighth goal in as many games since signing from Everton for a reported £75 million fee in July.

  • 'The songs? I don't understand them' – M...

    Jose Mourinho said he does not understand the lyrics of songs during matches after a recurrence of the controversial Romelu Lukaku chant in Manchester United's win at Southampton. A number of the visiting supporters reprised the song after the Belgium international scored what p...

    'The songs? I don't understand them' – Mourinho pleads ignorance on Lukaku chant

    Jose Mourinho said he does not understand the lyrics of songs during matches after a recurrence of the controversial Romelu Lukaku chant in Manchester United's win at Southampton. A number of the visiting supporters reprised the song after the Belgium international scored what proved to be the only goal of the game after 20 minutes at St. Mary's Stadium. A chorus of, "We're Man United, we'll sing what we want" followed, in clear defiance of pleas from Lukaku and the club not to sing a song described by anti-discrimination group Kick It Out as "offensive". Mourinho said he doesn't hear lyrics of fans' songs during games – with the exception of a simple vitriolic chant often aimed at him by opposition fans – but he praised the United contingent for helping his side to battle to a 1-0 win. "I don't understand what the fans sing," he told a news conference when asked about the Lukaku incident. "The only music I understand clearly is one from my opponents when they tell Mourinho to go to a place. That's the only one I understand.  "But the only thing I will say is the fans were amazing, the support amazing from the first to the last minute. It's important to have that, not when you're winning 3-0 or 4-0 and winning the game, but it's more important when you are defending and are exhausted.  "The songs? I don't understand them." Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Craig Pawson in second-half injury time after he had been summoned to the touchline by fourth official Mike Jones, but the reason remains a mystery to the United boss. "I don't know [what happened]," he said. "Craig told me to leave, and I left." United's win keeps them level on 16 points with league leaders Manchester City, whose 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace has given them a goal-difference advantage of four. Mourinho feels it was a victory they might not have managed last season but admitted he would prefer to win matches by a healthier margin. "I know that last season, on these fixtures, I think we would have, maybe, five or six points less than we have this season," he said. "So we are better this season than last. "But this is nothing. It's just a start. A difficult period with an accumulation of matches that comes in October. I really think that six teams are going to fight for the title. "It's better to win 5-0 than 1-0. We wanted to win also 5-0. It's obvious. But it's not always possible."

  • The boys were not sharp – Mourinho conce...

    Jose Mourinho felt Manchester United were forced to adopt defensive tactics in their win at Southampton as some of the players were lacking sharpness. Romelu Lukaku's eighth goal in as many games secured a hard-fought victory at St Mary's Stadium that keeps United level on point...

    The boys were not sharp – Mourinho concedes United had to go defensive at Southampton

    Jose Mourinho felt Manchester United were forced to adopt defensive tactics in their win at Southampton as some of the players were lacking sharpness. Romelu Lukaku's eighth goal in as many games secured a hard-fought victory at St Mary's Stadium that keeps United level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City. Southampton 6/1 to beat Stoke 1-0 Chances were scarce at both ends, but the visitors spent the whole of the second half on the back foot, seemingly content to allow Southampton the ball and maintain a strong defensive shape. Mourinho, who was sent to the stands in the dying minutes by referee Craig Pawson after he was summoned by the fourth official, says the result was all that mattered. "It is not always possible to operate at high quality, but we fought hard," the United manager told Sky Sports. "We did what many teams in the Premier League do for 90 minutes, which was play with five defenders at the back. "Credit to Southampton: they tried to play. [Mauricio] Pellegrino changed the team and sent on another striker to play more direct. It was a hard game, but I am really happy. "I felt some of the boys were not sharp. I didn't feel like we could score three or four goals like we sometimes do so the option was to make sure we got the points." He added to MUTV: "Three fantastic points – the same points as when we win 4-0.  "Our team had chances to kill the game. We had two enormous chances with [Ander] Herrera and Lukaku. Then we put ourselves in a position where he had to defend to keep the result, which we did extremely well, with a good keeper and with good defenders, so I am really happy."   Southampton striker Shane Long felt his side were worthy of a point, despite them managing only four reasonably tame efforts on target throughout the 90 minutes. "I thought we deserved more from the game," he told Sky Sports. "Manchester United are dangerous all over the pitch. They have physical players on set-pieces. To limit them to one goal was a credit to our team, but it was just a shame we couldn't get that equaliser at the other end. "There were a lot of chances, but things didn't seem to fall for us. It wasn't through a lack of trying though. It just didn't happen."

  • Mourinho sent to stands in Man Utd win a...

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands in the dying seconds of his side's 1-0 win at Southampton. As the game was winding down, Mourinho started to creep out onto the pitch as he shouted at his players to get back into position. Man Utd 5/2 to win Premie...

    Mourinho sent to stands in Man Utd win at Southampton

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands in the dying seconds of his side's 1-0 win at Southampton. As the game was winding down, Mourinho started to creep out onto the pitch as he shouted at his players to get back into position. Man Utd 5/2 to win Premier League With Mourinho encroaching, and also shouting at the fourth official, referee Craig Pawson sent the Red Devils boss to the stands in the 94th minute. Mourinho was asked why he was sent off during his post-match press conference. "I don't know," Mourinho replied. "I don't know. Craig told me to leave and I left. I don't know. He told me to leave, I left." When asked if he collided with the linesman when encroaching onto the pitch, Mourinho responded, "No, with the fourth official." On his way off the pitch, Mourinho took the time to shake the hands of all members of the Saints coaching staff, with the game just about to end.  Romelu Lukaku scored the game's only goal in the 20th minute, keeping United level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table.

  • Southampton 0 Manchester United 1: Lukak...

    Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth goal in as many games for Manchester United to seal a 1-0 victory away to Southampton on Saturday. The Belgium international converted a rebound in the first half to give Jose Mourinho's side a fifth win in six Premier League games and keep pace w...

    Southampton 0 Manchester United 1: Lukaku strikes again in unconvincing victory

    Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth goal in as many games for Manchester United to seal a 1-0 victory away to Southampton on Saturday. The Belgium international converted a rebound in the first half to give Jose Mourinho's side a fifth win in six Premier League games and keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the table. It was a largely unconvincing performance from the visitors, who made the most of their one clear-cut opportunity in a comfortable first half and spent the majority of the second on the back foot. Lukaku scored after seeing a header saved by Fraser Forster, prompting a repeat of the controversial chant from the away section in support of the former Everton man, but United created little otherwise in a disjointed display and Mourinho was sent to the stands in the dying minutes. Mauricio Pellegrino's side enjoyed 70 per cent of the possession in the second half but struggled to find a way through United's rearguard, underlining the attacking problems of a team who have failed to score in nine of their last 11 home league games. United move on to 16 points, the same as league leaders City, but Mourinho will no doubt want improvement from his side when they travel to Russia to take on CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday. Nathan Redmond flashed a half-volley over as Saints started in encouraging fashion, but United snatched control of the half on 20 minutes. Ashley Young, starting again at left-back, danced his way into space and curled a fine cross onto the head of Lukaku and, although Fraser Forster saved his effort superbly, the Belgian had the simple task of scuffing the rebound into the unguarded net. A large number of United fans celebrated with the controversial chant about Lukaku, despite the player and club asking for them to refrain from singing it this week following a complaint by anti-discrimination body Kick It Out. United looked comfortable as they kept Saints at bay for the remainder of the half, but the home side stepped up their pursuit of an equaliser after the break and Oriol Romeu flashed a shot wide when the visitors failed to clear a corner. Redmond then cut inside from the left and fired in a low shot across goal, forcing David de Gea to save well and gather the rebound away from the lurking Shane Long, before the Republic of Ireland striker was denied a clear run at goal by a strong shoulder charge from Phil Jones that went unpunished. Mourinho responded to the growing pressure by bringing on Ander Herrera in midfield, and United should have snatched a second goal on the break, with Lukaku shooting straight at Forster's feet after being played in by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Fellaini cleared a Dusan Tadic header from just in front of the line and the winger dragged a low cross inches past the right-hand post moments later, before Herrera blasted over the crossbar when given time and space to pick his spot on a rare United attack. Saints kept up the pressure in the closing minutes but United held firm for an important –  though far from impressive – three points, even as Mourinho was ordered into the stands in injury time by referee Craig Pawson.   Key Opta facts: - Sixteen points from their opening six games is Manchester United's best start to a Premier League season since 2011-12. - Southampton have failed to score in eight of their last nine home Premier League games, with their 3-2 win against West Ham this season the exception. - Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his six Premier League games this season – Louis Saha is the only other player to have scored as many goals in his first six games for United in the competition. - Southampton have lost 11 Premier League games in 2017 – as many as they had lost in 2016, with 15 matches still to play this year.

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