How else to interpret Mourinho’s team selection other than a tacit admission from the Manchester United manager that Thursday’s Europa League second-leg tie with Anderlecht was of more importance than this league game and, therefore, required the resting of tired veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic?
English Premier League club Middlesbrough sack manager Aitor Karanka
The Spaniard leaves the club in the Premier League’s relegation zone with just over ten matches of the season left to be played.
Steve Agnew will step up from his role as assistant head coach to take control of the first team.
In a statement, Boro stated that the decision was made as a result of a mutual agreement.
“Both parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the club to make this change,” the club stated.
Boro are second from bottom, three points from safety and without a league win in 10 attempts since mid-December.
They have failed to score in the past four of those matches and have managed only 19 goals in 27 league games this season.
Karanka, who was assistant to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid oversaw promotion last season.
He reportedly had a strained relationship with some players like Stewart Downing and Patrick Bamford who were left out of the squad for last weekend’s FA Cup defeat by Manchester City, with the manager saying he needed “18 fighters”.
Karanka’s criticism in January of the club’s supporters and the atmosphere at the Riverside proved divisive and some fans called for his departure at Stoke.
The Spaniard was appointed by Middlesbrough in November 2013, when the club were 16th in the Championship, five points clear of the relegation zone.
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Southampton twice came from behind in a 3 – 2 defeat for the Saints.
Manolo Gabbiadini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic traded two goals each with Lingard getting the other goal for United.
A controversial and thrilling match saw Manolo Gabbiadini’s strike wrongly ruled out for offside before Ibrahimovic struck with an impressive free-kick at the other end to open the scoring.
Jesse Lingard got the second, finding the bottom-right corner after a neat team move to net on his third consecutive Wembley appearance for United.
Gabbiadini however gave the Saints hope with a goal in the first-half stoppage time.
Gabbiadini made it five goals in three Saints matches with a magnificent finish early in the second half, blocking Smalling to volley past De Gea.
Ibrahimovic scored the winner with three minutes to go and his 26th goal of the season converting with a header from Herrera’s cross.
This is Mourinho’s first major trophy as United manager and his fourth EFL Cup glory following the three he won with Chelsea.
The cup win also means United are now the most successful team in England with 42 major honours ahead of Liverpool who have 41 major honours.
Jose Mourinho admits he has a ‘bad feeling’ over Memphis Depay and Ashley Young for not giving the two players more time on the pitch with Manchester United.
Both Depay and Young have been linked with moves away from Old Trafford in the upcoming transfer window having failed to secure a regular role under Mourinho.
But the United manager admits he feels guilty that the pair were not given a chance to prove themselves in the same way as Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in recent weeks.
‘I still have some bad feelings towards myself because I didn’t give a real chance to everyone, there are some positions in our squad where we have overbooked,’ Mourinho told Sky Sports.
‘To be honest, people like Ashley Young and Memphis Depay, I didn’t really give them a run of matches to play, to prove. So I have this little bad feeling.
‘In relation to Marcos and Phil Jones, I’m really pleased with both. Marcos, he was a player considered by many as someone without the quality to be a Manchester United player.
‘Phil was [seen as] a stampede, injury-prone player without the conditions to be back to the good Phil Jones of the past, so I was very happy for them.’
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Wayne Rooney has slammed his treatment following his England hotel drinking controversy as “disgraceful”.
Rooney issued a public apology after pictures emerged of him apparently the worse for wear at the England team hotel at 5am, the morning after their 3-0 win over Scotland.
Many of his team-mates had gone into London to celebrate but no pictures of them were published.
Speaking after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal, in which he came on as a substitute, he told newspaper reporters: “It feels as if the media are trying to write my obituary and I won’t let that happen. What’s been going on is disgraceful.
“I’m proud to play for my country and I’m proud of my achievements. It’s not finished yet. I think what’s been going on is disgraceful.
“It shows a lack of respect and I think enough is enough. That’s all I want to say.”
On Friday, United boss Jose Mourinho accused the Football Association of failing to protect the England captain.
Mourinho said: “When the player goes to the national team, he belongs to the national team and when, as I learned since I was a kid, if someone lends me something I have to take even better care of it than if it was mine.”
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Famous Manchester United playmaker states that Mourinho’s side must not let their frustrating performance stop them believing.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in contract talks with midfielder Juan Mata. Despite having two years left on his current deal United he is ready to extend it. However, it should be recalled that Mata previously was sold by Mourinho from Chelsea. And probably the coach has already made a decision.
Media reports claimed Mourinho was looking to sell Mata when he arrived at Old Trafford in the summer. However, the midfielder has been a regular in the side, scoring twice in six games.
United recovered after a tough eight-day spell with three consecutive defeats with victories over Northampton Town, Leicester and Zorya prior to last weekend’s EPL encounter.
And Mata reacted: “I’m feeling angry because the team played really well but we didn’t win. It was a pity, that’s the truth. My perception from the pitch was that we were playing a good game, creating chances, passing the ball effectively, but we couldn’t complete our job. We have to take the positive aspects and know that if we keep playing like this, we will definitely get good results.”
He continued: “Against Stoke, the team was full of confidence and we wanted to keep the good streak. We did it in terms of football and the way we played, but not in the score. With only one point instead of three we are not in the best mood to take the international break, but we are aware that, at our level, everything is possible this season.” .
He added: “We have five games in October that are very important and we will give our best to make it a good month. Manchester United has always had challenges and the one we have this season is still there. Many times in sport you must learn to accept those games when, even if you do many things well, you don’t win. That is football, and that’s why it’s such a nice and exciting sport.”
Mata concluded: “We’ll be back to the competition in two weeks [against Liverpool] in Anfield. It’s a massive game and we are looking forward to start working on it.”
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