Manchester United plan contract negotiations with Chris Smalling

Manchester United are reportedly prepared to kick-start contract negotiations with Chris Smalling with his existing deal due to expire at the end of the current campaign. The England international started the season as one of the backup central defenders in the matchday squad but he has since managed jump ahead in the pecking order with Eric Bailly struggling to impress.

According to The Star, the Red Devils are keen on prolonging the stay of the former Fulham man, who has featured in each of the club’s previous five games across all competitions. It is added that manager Jose Mourinho is unsatisfied with the current options at hand but the arrival of another recruit in the New Year won’t hamper Smalling’s proposed extension with the club.
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Martin Keown urges Jose Mourinho to focus on winning matches

Former Arsenal favourite Martin Keown has urged Jose Mourinho to focus on winning matches with Manchester United rather than regularly indicating the club’s failure to sign top players during the summer transfer window. The Red Devils recently suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford and this has ensured their worst start to a Premier League season since 1992/93.

As a result, there have been plenty of question marks raised over the future of Mourinho but Keown believes the 55-year-old should carry on with the focus of winning games for the club, he said: “One of Mourinho’s main problems is that sometimes he is too honest. He honestly felt in the summer that if United did not buy more players, the group would not be good enough to win the league. Results have endorsed that view. He needs to ignore the media. This is a new Mourinho. I want to see him prove how good he is by turning this situation around. He needs to focus on winning matches, not arguments.”
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Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray and his side have earned praises for their performance in the football season and earning a promotion. At the end of the 2016/17 season, the side failed to make their mark so they were relegated to the League One.

They used to be a formidable Premier League side about a decade ago but their fortunes changed gradually, culminating into their third tier status in the English Football League. Between that time, the club has employed and sacked numerous managers, amid protests from the fans against the owners Venky’s. The public have watched as transfer policies failed and the club sunk in debt.

Manchester United Set £43.2m Price Tag For Anthony Martial Amid Juventus Interest

Manchester United have reportedly placed a £43.2m price tag on Anthony Martial’s head amid the ongoing speculation over his future. The France international has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho since Alexis Sanchez’s arrival in January, and this has supposedly linked with a fresh challenge elsewhere during the summer.

According to Calciomercato, United are open to the possibility of offloading the Frenchman, who will be entering the final year of his contract during the summer. United do have the option of triggering a 12-month extension clause via the player’s contract, and they may be reluctant to do so, unless they have the full commitment from the 22-year-old. Continue reading “Manchester United Set £43.2m Price Tag For Anthony Martial Amid Juventus Interest”

Nuno: Wolves In The Mix For Promotion

Wolves have made an impressive start to life under Nuno, winning five of their seven matches so far this season. They sit fourth in the Championship table with 10 points from five fixtures and hopes are high that, with injury victim Helder Costa soon to return, they can mount a promotion challenge this season and Nuno believes they have the quality to be in the mix.

“We are in the fight,” he said when asked if his squad was good enough to challenge. “We look at us…we must improve but we are doing very well. “The team has character, it’s solid. All teams must be built from the back, all the projects must be built from the back…and we are building from the back. In our defence, in the club, in the squad.” There’s been a high turnover of players this summer, yet Wolves and their new boss have settled quickly in the Championship.
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Antonio Conte backs Andreas Christensen to replicate John Terry

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hailed the progress of Andreas Christensen, who he believes has the potential to become the next John Terry. The Denmark international made his Premier League debut for the Blues earlier this season after having gained experience playing regular first-team football with Borussia Monchengladbach.

The 21-year-old was one of the Bundesliga’s most consistent centre-backs during his two-year loan spell with Monchengladbach, and he has translated a similar showing at Stamford Bridge, where he has been able to command a regular spot in central defence.
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Chelsea deserved to win

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that his side deserved to win in the match against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. He said that his players give their best on the pitch and that their performance deserved a win in the game against the Spanish side.

Indeed Atletico Madrid came to London knowing that only a victory would allow them to continue their journey in the Champions League, but unfortunately for them, they find a great Chelsea side on their way.
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Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha says Alexis Sanchez will make impact at Old Trafford when he completes the move from the Emirates Stadium. The 29-year old Chilean rejected a new deal at Arsenal and was expected to move to Manchester City. However, City rejected the proposed deal on the grounds that it was too expensive and United swooped in.

Jose Mourinho was on the lookout for an attacker, a midfielder and a defender. He decided to make good use of the opportunity that presented itself in a bid to get a versatile player. Sanchez is expected to undergo a medical ahead of the move. Some reports claim he could feature in the game against Burnley this weekend. Continue reading “SAHA: SANCHEZ WILL MAKE IMPACT”

Suarez starting to struggle in Camp Nou

Ever since Luis Suarez made his debut as a Barcelona player, the Uruguayan player made a huge impact as he provided his teammates with 14 goal-scoring assists and scored 16 of his own goals. This is hugely impressive for a player who was making his debut in a team that is filled with superstar performers in just about every single position in the field.

Fast-forward to the 2016-17 season and Suarez continued to playing one of the most influential roles of Barcelona as he scored 29 goals and assisted in 13 goals of his comrades. However, things have recently been shaking up in Anfield as Neymar was offloaded to Paris Saint-Germain and Luis Suarez is clearly struggling with only 3 goals in 6 appearances and 22 shots being launched. Continue reading “Suarez starting to struggle in Camp Nou”

Jose Mourinho accuses Manchester United of playing ‘PlayStation Football’

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused his team of disrespecting Basel in the Champions League opener on Tuesday night.

The Special One insisted that his team were more focused on ‘PlayStation football’ than showing some professionalism.

Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku put United ahead by a 2-0 scoreline before the hour mark, but Mourinho was not impressed how the team played thereafter. Speaking in his post-match conference, the Portuguese admitted that his side were guilty of making bad decisions which could have cost them on some other night.


He said: “After 2-0, I think everything changed and we stopped to play, stopped to think, stopped to play seriously. We stopped to make the right decisions on the pitch and we could put ourselves in trouble. Bad decisions, fantasy football, PlayStation football, tricks and when you stopped to play as a team and when you stopped to play seriously I don’t like and you gamble a little bit.”

Eventually, United sealed a 3-0 win on the night with Marcus Rashford scoring a goal in his Champions League debut coming on as a late substitute. The Red Devils have shown their progress under Mourinho this season by making a quick start in the Premier League, but the manager does not reckon that they are favourites to compete for the European crown. Continue reading “Jose Mourinho accuses Manchester United of playing ‘PlayStation Football’”