Mourinho Ready For Manchester United Tasks

Jose Mourinho, Manchester UnitedThe newly signed Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has expressed readiness to help the Red Devils overcome their recent setbacks.

The Portuguese, who was speaking during an interview told the club’s website the he feels great and thinks he is in the right moment of his career.

“I could say I am happy, I am proud, I am honoured, I am everything but the reality is what I love is to work and I cannot wait for 7th of July to go on the pitch,” he said.

He said his ambition for United was to ignore the club’s performance in the last three years and focus on the giant club he has in his hands.

“I want to focus on the history of this giant club and give what I have and what I don’t have.

“So I will give absolutely everything to try to go in the direction we all want,” he promised.

Mourinho was appointed Manchester United manager on Thursday after signing his contract at a central London hotel.

He was Chelsea’s coach between 2004 – 2007 before he left for Inter Milan and Real Madrid and subsequently returned to coach the Blues between 2013 – 2015.

The 53-year-old is regarded by a number of players and other football stakeholders as one of the most successful managers in the world.

He was named the best Portuguese Coach of the Century by the Portuguese Football Federation in 2015.

Jose Mourinho Becomes Manchester United’s Manager

Jose Mourinho, Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho has been appointed as Manchester United’s new manager after signing his contract at a central London hotel.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss met United’s Executive Vice-Chairman, Ed Woodward, on Thursday afternoon to conclude talks to take charge at Old Trafford.

Mourinho, who has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in December, replaces Louis van Gaal, who was himself sacked two days after winning the English FA Cup.

The Dutchman, who was appointed in summer 2014 after leading Holland to the World Cup semi-finals, struggled to win the hearts of United supporters with his methods and failure to guide the club into next season’s Champions League.

Mourinho is expected to be presented to the media on Friday.


Manchester United Sack Louis van Gaal

Manchester United, Louis Van GaalManchester United have sacked first team manager, Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman’s departure had been widely expected despite United’s FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

After a meeting with employment lawyer Paul Gilroy QC at the club’s Carrington training base on Monday morning, Van Gaal and United have now gone their separate ways.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: “I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries).

“He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage.

“Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.”

The Dutchman, who was appointed in summer 2014 after leading Holland to the World Cup semi-finals, struggled to win the hearts of United supporters with his methods and failure to guide the club into next season’s Champions League.

The club says a “decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon” but several media sources have reported that Jose Mourinho is set to take over.

Manchester United have also been expected to announce Ryan Giggs has followed Louis van Gaal in leaving the club.

With Van Gaal and his Dutch staff having been dismissed, Giggs is said to feel he has no option to follow them out of the Old Trafford door.

Giggs is United’s record appearance holder, having played for the club 963 times, scoring 168 goals, and is also their most decorated player, whose honours include 13 Premier League triumphs.

Manchester United Win FA Cup With Lingard’s Extra-time Goal

Manchester-UnitedManchester United on Saturday won its 12th FA Cup title, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in extra time.

Jesse Lingard’s fantastic volley in the 110th minute was the decisive goal, after Juan Mata responded to Jason Puncheon’s opener in a late flurry of action in regulation.

With the victory, Manchester United now tie with Arsenal which had also won the title 12 times.

The game marked a rematch of the 1990 final, also won by Manchester United 1-0 in a replay following a 3-3 draw in the first go-around.

The result also leaves Crystal Palace in search of its first major trophy.

Crystal-Palace
Crystal Palace was near winning its first trophy

Palace thought it had the lead in the 17th minute, but referee Mark Clattenburg whistled for a foul despite Connor Wickham continuing to play on and scoring after getting tackled.

Manchester United’s best chance early came through Marouane Fellaini, who nearly opened the scoring just minutes into the second half, but he hit the corner of the woodwork after receiving a pass from Marcus Rashford.

There are indications that Manchester United, may tab Jose Mourinho as its manager, taking over from Louis van Gaal.

After listing up the title cup, van Gal said: “It’s fantastic to win this title for the club, for the fans and also for me because now I’ve won a cup in four countries and not many managers can say that so I’m happy.

“Of course I was concerned, with 10 players and we’ve played Tuesday evening also but we have deserved it I think. It was a super goal [from Lingard] but we knew that”!

Also reacting to the victory Wayne Rooney said: “It was a great advert for the Premier League. Credit to Crystal Palace, it was a tough game but we hang on in there and a good goal from Jesse – to come from Manchester it must be an incredible feeling for him.

“We’ve had a tough end to the season but I thought we worked very hard today. Our determination has got us through this so we’re delighted. It’s a special moment – it’s a competition I’ve watched growing up as a fan, I’ve lost two finals before so I’ll enjoy this tonight.

“It has been a while [since United last won a trophy] but it’s great for the fans, it’s fantastic. To win a trophy will lift the supporters”.

Europa League: Dortmund Prepare Ahead Of Porto Clash

Dortmund German side, Borussia Dortmund, hopes to defend a 2-nil lead at Porto as the two sides fight for a place in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Coach Thomas Tuchel expressed hope that since the team dominated the first match in Germany, they would try to do the same in Thursday’s match.

Dortmund beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-nil in the Bundesliga away match on Sunday and presently second in the table behind Bayern Munich, but 15 points ahead of Hertha Berlin in third.

Meanwhile, Coach Louis Van Gaal insists Manchester United must learn to ignore their critics.

The Dutchman observed that their performances might have been affected by the intense scrutiny the team had been under throughout the campaign.

Van Gaal Blames Europa Defeat On Bad Luck

Van GaalManchester United’s boss, Louis van Gaal, said the ‘law of murphy’ is to blame for Manchester United’s shocking Europa League defeat at FC Midtjylland.

United travelled to Denmark with 13 first-team players unable to feature in their round-of-32 tie with Midtjylland, including captain, Wayne Rooney, and goalkeeper, David de Gea.

United fans in the MCH Arena made it clear that they were not impressed with their side’s display.

Van Gaal accepted that the second-half performance was not good enough, but defended the attitude of his players.

FA Cup: Chelsea Face Manchester City In Fifth Round

FA CupChelsea have been handed the toughest of fixtures in the English FA Cup fifth round.

The English Premier League defending champions, will face Manchester City after thrashing championship side Milton Keynes dons 5-1 away to advance.

A first half hat-trick by Brazilian Oscar put Chelsea in control by halftime.

Eden hazard, who had not scored for 30 matches, made it 4-1 from the penalty spot after 55 minutes before substitute Bertrand Traore, who had been on the pitch five minutes, scored his first goal for Chelsea to make it 5-1 in the 62nd.

FA Cup Defending Champions, Arsenal will take on Hull City in a repeat of the 2014 final.

Arsenal and Hull meet for the third year running, with the Gunners having eliminated the Tigers with a 2-0 win in the third round in 2015.

The fifth round ties will be played on the weekend of February 19-22.

Full FA Cup fifth-round draw

Chelsea v Manchester City

Reading v West Brom or Peterborough

Watford v Leeds United

Shrewsbury Town v Manchester United

Blackburn v Liverpool or West Ham

Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Arsenal v Hull

Bournemouth v Everton

FA Cup: Arsenal, Spurs, Man City Through To 5th Round

fa cupArsenal scored two fine goals to secure their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of a hard-working Burnley side.

The first, from Calum Chambers, saw the right back arrow a curling shot into the top corner, before the visitors equalised through Sam Vokes.

Alexis Sanchez re-established the lead in the second half when he got on the end of a sweeping counter-attack and that was enough to see off the Clarets.

A brace from Nacer Chadli helped Tottenham to comfortably beat League One side Colchester United 4-1.

Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored a hat trick to help Manchester City to a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Manchester City’s hat-trick hero said after the match “I’m so happy and grateful to score a hat-trick today. I took my time with the third goal, I let the keeper show me where he was going and I put it to his left. It’s a great feeling to score my first hat-trick. I hope there’s more to come.”

Manchester United had on Friday defeated Derby County 3-1 to relieve the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.

Leeds United, Hull City, Crystal Palace, Watford, Blackburn, Bournemouth, Reading and Shrewsbury all secured victories on Saturday to make into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

West Brom and Peterborough will go to a replay after playing out a 2-2 draw.

Man United Must Return To Winning Ways – Van Gaal

Manchester-van gaalManchester United Manager, Louis van Gaal, admits his side’s title chances could be over if the team cannot end their run of eight games without a win against Swansea.

United followed a run of four straight defeats with a goalless draw against struggling Chelsea on Tuesday.

The team’s dismal run of results which has included them being dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages, has led to widespread speculation that Van Gaal’s job is in jeopardy.

The Dutchman admits United must win on Saturday to maintain any realistic hope of overturning the nine-point deficit between themselves and Premier League leaders, Arsenal.

Man-U 0 Chelsea 0: Hiddink Satisfied, Van Gaal Rues Luck

ChelseaManchester United ended a run of four straight defeats with a goalless draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday while Chelsea continued what looked like a resurgence.

Under-fire manager Louis van Gaal insists he will not quit after Manchester United extended their run without a victory to eight games in all competitions.

Sixth-placed United produced an improved display at Old Trafford, with a goalless draw with champions Chelsea.

“I think it was a very good performance but you have to score a goal and we didn’t. We hit the post twice when the keeper was beaten, then had a big chance in the second half and two penalty cases – one handball, one foul on Mata – but didn’t receive a penalty. So we are forcing the luck but still don’t have the luck we need.

“We were the dominant team, we created chances, we shot on goal and only gave three chances away. Against a team like Chelsea, with such attackers, that’s not bad.”

Van Gaal said that he was aware poor form could force a club to sack its manager, but he had the backing of the players and would fight on.

“I cannot have any influence on that (his future). I can only work with my players and you have seen that my players are fighting for me and that they have given a good performance.

“Even after this result, the fans were applauding, so I cannot say that I am very much concerned but in this football world, you never know. But I have full confidence in the board and in my players. When the players can give such a performance under this pressure, then it is not any reason to resign for me.

“Maybe the media wants that but I shall not do that. It’s not a question of staying, it’s a question of fulfilling my contract.”

Hiddink Satisfied With Draw

On the flipside, Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink is satisfied with Chelsea’s draw at Manchester United.

Diego Costa was suspended for the clash while fellow attackers Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao were side-lined by injury, forcing winger Eden Hazard to occupy a centre forward role.

Hiddink, says the team is still building after months of poor results. “Tactically it was okay, defensively we were well organised,” said the manager.

“We didn’t have full power to hurt Man U – as everyone knows we have some problems in the striker position due to suspension and injuries so we had to think how to solve that problem.

“Hazard has done it before and he is capable of doing it because he’s a very versatile player. I’m pleased because we had some good opportunities in the second half. Man U pressed although they didn’t create a lot of chances.

“The two best chances were tremendous saves from the goalies, De Gea and Courtois. So no win but we have to consider the situation where Chelsea were and are.”

I Feel Warmth And Support From Manchester United – Van Gaal

Manchester Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, has revealed that he had the support of the club as his team prepare to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day.

United have fallen out of the top four in the Barclays Premier League as well as exiting the UEFA Champions League in a run where they have won just three times in 13 matches.

Without a victory in any of their last six matches in all competitions, it is United’s worst winless run in a single season since December 1998, the campaign in which they went on to win an historic treble.

“I held meetings with the players with my members of staff, I hold a Christmas lunch, I did a speech and I feel the warmth and support of everybody in Carrington,” Van Gaal said Prior in a press conference he cut short after three questions. “But I didn’t feel that in the media.

“Of course I can imagine that you can write about that subject [our bad results] but you have to stick to the facts.

“Four weeks ago we were first in the Premier League and in about four weeks we could be back in that position.

“I only say now I am focused on Stoke City and that I help my players.”

Van Gaal will hope United can continue their fine record in Boxing Day fixtures, having won 18 and drawn one of their last 19 matches played on 26 December.

Stoke’s progress has slowed in recent weeks as they followed a run of five victories from seven league matches by only winning one of their last four, although that solitary triumph was a home victory over Manchester City.

Mark Hughes’ men have slipped to 11th, but are only six points adrift of United in fifth. Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic is the highest league goal scorer from either of the two teams with five and is optimistic about his side’s chances ahead of United’s visit.

“It is a huge game,” the forward told the Stoke Sentinel.  “They come to us and know it is going to be a difficult game in Stoke and we know they are a good side.

“Manchester United is always a top game and we will try and win this game. If we perform like the last week [against West Ham and Crystal Palace], but score the goals, then I think we can take the three points.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger is suspended, while United are also without Matteo Darmian and Jesse Lingard (both hamstring), although Van Gaal hopes the Italian will be back to face Chelsea on 28 December.

Stoke are still without Geoff Cameron (hamstring), Peter Crouch (groin) and Stephen Ireland (hamstring).

Mourinho Has Not Sealed Manchester United Deal – Mendes

mourinhoFormer Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho’s agent says Manchester United is yet to make an offer to the coach to take over at Old Trafford.

Mr Jorge Mendes’ comments came as speculation about Mourinho’s future persists off the back of United’s home defeat against Norwich on Saturday; their sixth consecutive game without a win in all competitions.

Louis van Gaal has admitted that his position in charge of the 20-time English champions will come under threat if their poor run continues, but Mendes has played down suggestions that Mourinho is being lined up to replace the Dutchman.

There are indications United’s hierarchy held a meeting on Tuesday in London, but it is understood Van Gaal’s future was not the reason for the gathering.