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Manchester United v Chelsea Revealed: How Jose Mourinho beat Antonio Conte

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?

Of course, what that analysis failed to take into account was a tactical masterstroke by Mourinho.

Having injected much-needed pace into the United forward line by pushing up Jesse Lingard to partner Marcus Rashford, Mourinho also mirrored Chelsea’s three-man back line, allowing the speedy Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young to take up advanced positions and add even more energy to his team’s recently moribund attacking play.

That also served to bolster United’s midfield and allowed Mourinho to unleash his tactical piece de resistance, with Ander Herrera performing a man-marking job on Eden Hazard that was so complete that the Chelsea playmaker must have expected his opponent would sit next to him in the visitors’ dressing room at half-time.

Mourinho finally got one over on Conte

The fact that Herrera scored the decisive second goal early in the second half merely underlined that this was, even more than the League Cup final win over Southampton, Mourinho’s finest hour as United manager to date.

Apart from the sheer football acumen Mourinho brought to bear on proceedings, his recent handling of his young forwards also proved significant.

The United manager has taken the unusual step of calling out Rashford, Lingard and Anthony Martial by name, pointing out their dreadful ratio of chances to goals and Frenchman Martial, poor again in the trip to Anderlecht on Thursday, did not even merit a place on the bench yesterday.

But if Mourinho’s desired effect was to provide the remaining two young local forwards with the proverbial kick up the rear, then his man management has been magnificent based on their respective displays against a Chelsea defence that has been virtually impregnable for large parts of this season.

Manchester United gave Chelsea a game for the ages at Old Trafford

Pacy and direct, Lingard and Rashford troubled Chelsea’s back three from the off and, even allowing for the loss and disruption caused by the injury of Marcos Alonso in the pre-game warm-up, there was no excuse for the terrified manner in which David Luiz and Gary Cahill failed to cope with their opponents.

Nor should Mourinho’s own considerable ego be underestimated. After losing his first two meetings with his former employers this season, this was simply not a game Mourinho was prepared to lose and it brought the very best out of him.

Chelsea may not agree but the Premier League – and the title race – is a better place this morning for that fact.

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Top English Premier League Club Sacks Manager

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.

Aitor Karanka

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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Jose Mourinho leads Manchester United to cup glory

​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.

Man Utd players celebrating a goal against Southampton

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.

Gabbiadini in action against Man Utd

This is Mourinho’s first major trophy as United manager and his fourth EFL Cup glory following the three he won with Chelsea.

Mourinho lifts the EFL trophy

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.

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Checkout the shocking revelation Jose Mourinho gave about Ashley Young and Memphis Depay

​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.

Jose Mourinho admits he feels guilty for not giving Memphis Depay and Ashley Young more game time.

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.

Depay hasn’t started in the Premier League this season

Young made only four League appearances this season

‘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: Enough Is Enough

​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.  

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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.

Rooney in action during the World Cup 2018 qualififier against Scotland

“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.”

Wayne Rooney’s behaviour was tame compared to that of older generations of footballers, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday

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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Angry Manchester United player reveals club’s crisis

​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.” .

Mourinho and Mata

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.”