FA Cup: Man. United In Striker Crisis Ahead Of Chelsea Clash

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Manchester United is expected to face Chelsea in tonight’s English FA Cup quarter-final tie without a recognised senior striker.

Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are out of visit to Chelsea through injury, as the Red Devils face a striker crisis.

Rooney, is believed to have been involved in an accidental training ground collision with defender, Phil Jones.

Martial will also miss the match with Chelsea through injury, while Rashford, who has scored three goals in two FA Cup appearances this season, is absent through illness.

Rooney To Remain At Manchester United

Wayne Rooney, Manchester UnitedWayne Rooney has confirmed he will be staying with Manchester United for the foreseeable future.

After being linked with a move to China, the England captain said he hoped to “play a full part” in the rest of the Premier League club’s season.

“It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part,” said the 31-year-old.

His agent has reportedly been in talks with Chinese Super League clubs who have expressed their interests in him.

Rooney, who recently became the Red Devils’ record goal scorer, said he would remain at the club he joined from Everton back in 2004.

Mourinho: Ibrahimovic’s Injury Will Be Ruinous For United

Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, Zlatan IbrahimovicManchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury will be disastrous for the club.

Mourinho, who earlier suggested Ibrahimovic sees out his career with the Red Devils, noted that it would be damaging for his side to lose the Swedish to injury.

“Obviously a disaster but that’s football. It’s not a surprise (how many goals he has scored). In Spain, Messi and Cristiano (Ronaldo) have a lot of penalties to score.

“They are phenomenal players with lots of penalties to score goals. Here, Zlatan has 18 (league) matches and one penalty. It’s not so easy to score goals,” the Portuguese told British media on Saturday.

Influential Ibrahimovic needs one more goal in the league clash against Middlesbrough to match the 50-goal record of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Man Utd: Mourinho Says Pogba Needs More Time To Click

mourinho_madridManchester United coach, Jose Mourinho says critics should give his £89m midfielder, Paul Pogba, more time to click.
Mourinho’s comments came after the 23-year-old France midfielder, who joined the club 3 months ago, scored twice in Thursday’s 4-1 Europa League win over Fenerbahce.

His performance on Thursday was regarded by critics as better than his lackluster contribution in Monday’s goal less with Liverpool.

Mourinho in responding to such comments said, “Two days ago he was the worst player in the Premier League and 48 hours later he’s phenomenal.

“He needs time. I’m happy with his performance. He has what we need.

Mourinho believes his world record signing needs time to get used to a different style of football.

“I was in Italy and I know the characteristics, the pace and intensity.

To be in Italy for four or five years and then come back to the Premier League, I was not expecting him to adjust in a click of fingers.”

Pogba, who spoke after the Europa game said he is more comfortable with the Red Devils team now and hopes to put up more spectacular performances.

 He has now scored three goals in his 10 games for Manchester United.

Mourinho Tasks Manchester United To Impress In Feyenoord Clash

Mourinho, Manchester United, FeyenoordManchester United Coach, Jose Mourinho, has directed his squad to impress against Feyenoord in Thursday’s Europa League tie.

The club website said the Portuguese made the call after he proposed he would make changes for the clash.

Ten of the 20-man squad could register their first starts of the season in Rotterdam and the manager has challenged the fringe men to stake their claims.

“With all the years I have as a manager, I know only one way to select players which is performance.

“Perform and you play, it is as simple as that.

“Now some of the boys can really compete for the positions because when they are on the pitch, they can show how good they are,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference.

Mourinho has rested Red Devils captain, Wayne Rooney, saying he had played every game since the start of the season.

Pogba Close To Manchester United Move, Undertakes Medical

Juventus-Manchester-United-Paul-PogbaPaul Pogba is close to his world record £89m transfer from Juventus as he arrives at Manchester United for a medical.

The 23-year-old made his way to the Red Devil’s training ground on Monday after he flew into Manchester airport from Nice.

The French midfielder had left the Old Trafford for £1.5m in 2012 and is set to return after completing his signing in midweek.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has said that criticisms from his Arsenal and Liverpool counterparts, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp, on Pogba’s valuation were “not ethical”.

Pogba’s return is now the biggest transfer deal in history after Wales forward, Gareth Bale, moved to Real Madrid in 2013 on a transfer deal of £85m.

Pogba Valuation: Mourinho Condemns Wenger And Klopp’s Criticisms

Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Jurgen Klopp, Paul PogbaManchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has criticised reproaches from his Arsenal and Liverpool counterparts, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp, saying they are “not ethical”.

The criticism follows reactions from Wenger and Klopp about the said £100 million assessment of the Red Devils’ target, Paul Pogba.

“They are things that when I do are not ethical, when others do it, everything is normal.

“We have 22 players now (and) we will have 23,” the Portuguese said on BBC.

Mourinho has vowed to sign a “very good midfielder” which could possibly be Juventus’ Pogba, in the next couple of days.

“He is a Juve player until officially he isn’t. The market closes on 31 August.

“We are trying everything to close market as quickly as possible, before 14 August,” he said.

Belgium Sacks Coach Marc Wilmots

Belgium, Marc wilmotsBelgian Football Federation has relieved Marc Wilmots from his job as the Head Coach of the National Team.

This is according to a statement by the Federation’s website.

“The Royal Belgian Football Association have made an agreement with Marc Wilmots to end his contract that lasted until 2018.

“We would like to thank Marc Wilmots for his work during the last four years.

“With Marc Wilmots as a head coach, the Red Devils have climbed from the 54th position to the top of the FIFA World Ranking.

He managed to win 34 games out of 51, including eight draws. Above all, the fans have reinstalled their love for the Belgian Red Devils during this period.

“The RBFA’s Technical Commission have made an evaluation of the recent UEFA Euro 2016 and have declared that the intended goals have not been reached.

“There is a common sense that the team needs a new impulse to lead this group towards a top result at a major tournament.

“The Belgian FA will immediately start the procedure to find a new head coach, in a transparent way. The idea is to start the upcoming games in September with a new coach, beginning with an international friendly game in Brussels against Spain on the 1st of September.”

Wilmots, 47, had been leading the national team since 2012 and managed to guide the team to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

Mkhitaryan Completes Manchester United Move

MkhitaryanEnglish side, Manchester United, has completed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder joins the Red Devils on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.

“I am very proud to join Manchester United; this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time,” the Armenian footballer told the club’s website.

Coach Jose Mourinho said Henrikh is a very talented footballer who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country.

“He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal. I am delighted he has chosen to sign for United.

“I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the Premier League. We are all looking forward to working with him.”

Borussia Dortmund also announced the move last week via their website.

“This transfer was for us on the basis of an entirely new starting situation a difficult balancing advance: Manchester has made us a tremendous value containing offer. Had we knocked it, the player would be 2017 changed free. And we have the personnel issue postponed by only one year, “the Clubs Chief Executive officer, Hans-Joachim Watzke told the website.

Mkhitaryan, 27, joined Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, scoring 23 goals in 88 appeareances for the German side.

Sweden Includes Ibrahimovic In Olympics Squad

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden, OlympicsZlatan Ibrahimovic has been listed in Sweden’s provisional 35-man squad for the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

But the 34-year-old has refused to disclose his intention whether or not to participate in the Olympics, until the Euro 2016 was over.

He is the captain of the Swedish national team at the ongoing European football competition.

Meanwhile, Sweden’s coach at the Olympics, Hakan Ericson, said he would keep Ibrahimovic’s chance of participating open, but acknowledged the probabilities were slim.

This comes after the Paris Saint-Germain forward agreed to conditional terms with Manchester United and to join the club after Euro 2016.

The Red Devils manager, Jose Mourinho, gave his approval to Ibrahimovic’s signing, as the duo were motivated to work together again after winning the Italian league title with Inter Milan in 2009.

Carrick To Extend Manchester United Contract Till 2017

Michael Carrick , Manchester UnitedEnglish football giants, Manchester United, have confirmed that Michael Carrick has agreed to stay with the club till June 2017.

The English professional footballer said that the club has been part of his life for the past 10 years, expressing delight that the incredible journey was continuing.

He is also optimistic working with the new Red Devils’ manager, Jose Mourinho, saying that Manchester United could go on to win more trophies.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to work under Jose Mourinho, who has achieved so much during his managerial career,” he told the club’s website.

On his part, Coach Mourinho Mourinho described Carrick as “a very intelligent midfielder and a great reader of the game”.

He expressed delight that the 34-year-old would be extending his contract, adding that his present form showed that his ability and pleasure in the game were as strong as ever.

The English midfielder joined Manchester United in July 2006 and has won five English Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and a UEFA Champions League amongst other achievements with the club.

Cech Says Arsenal Can Still Win Premier League

arsenalArsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech believes the gunners still have the chance to win the Premier League if they keep working.

Cech spoke to the media after Arsenal were beaten 3-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

On the disappointment of losing the match, he said, “Man United away is a big game. They fight to have a chance to enter the top four, so we knew it was going to be a difficult game. In a game like this, you can make mistakes and we were punished for them.

“Every time we made a mistake at the back, they (profited). The third goal was a lucky bounce for them and I thought it was decisive, because if we could have come back to 2-2 in the second half, we would have had a chance to win the game. At 3-1 down, you try to get one back as soon as possible, which we managed to do. But we didn’t create enough to score in the last 10 minutes.

“We still have a chance, so we will go for it until the last minute. This was a big disappointment for us and is a step back after last week, where we managed to overcome a deficit against Leicester at home. This is a step back but we need to keep working.

Cech also gave some credit to Manchester United’s young squad.

“I think it was a perfect game for them. They had nothing to lose and had a very good win in midweek, so everyone was ready for the game. We knew it was going to be difficult but, as I said, no matter what opposition you play against, if you make mistakes, you’re going to be punished.”

He admitted that the loss was a step back but they can still make up for this. “We have two important games coming up this week and if we manage to win both, the table might look better again,” he said.