“Creative Tensions” between coach José Mourinho and Pogba
It’s rumored at Old Trafford and the reason is superstar Pogba. No one knows if the French superstar is sick or just does not feel like it. In the Cup victory on Saturday in Huddersfield the 24-year-old did not play – “illness”. At least that’s the official explanation. Others say coach José Mourinho wants to punish his star. When asked about Pogba, Mourinho responded irritably: “I don’t know how long Paul Pogba will fail, and frankly, I don’t care,” he answers when asked when Pogba can play for Manchester United again. On the club website it said only: “It remains to be seen whether the Frenchman for the Champions League match this week will be fit in Seville.”
One thing is certain: Pogba does not feel comfortable with Manchester United anymore. Did he ever feel good? Obviously it bothers him that he has to perform too many defensive tasks. The British newspaper “Telegraph” spoke of “creative tensions” between coach Mourinho and Pogba. The coach described this as “lying”. Already there were rumors about a premature departure in the summer, possibly to Real Madrid. Fact is, the 105 million euros transfer from Juventus Turin has not met the expectations so far and the hype around Pogba has cooled significantly. With two good games in Seville and in the Premier League against champions Chelsea, he could, provided he is fit, the euphoria but certainly reheat.
Match Day 28 Premier League
- ⇒ Leicester City – Stoke City
Saturday, 25th February – 16:00h
- ⇒ West Bromwich Albion – Huddersfield Town
- ⇒ FC Liverpool – West Ham United
- ⇒ FC Burnley – FC Southampton
- ⇒ Brighton & Hove – Swansea City
- ⇒ Bournemouth – Newcastle United
Saturday, 25th February – 18:30h
- ⇒ FC Warford – FC Everton
Sunday, 26th February – 13:00h
- ⇒ Crystal Palace – Tottenham Hotspurs
Sunday, 26th February – 15:05h
- ⇒ Manchster United – FC Chelsea
Sunday, 27th February – 17:30h
- ⇒ Southampton FC – FC Liverpool
Sunday, 11th February – 20:45h
- ⇒ Arsenal London – Manchester City
More Premier League News and Rumors
Arsenal concludes mega-deal with Emirates: The English football top club Arsenal has completed a very lucrative sponsorship deal. On Monday, the German national team player Mesut Özil announced that Emirates had prematurely signed on as a jersey sponsor for another five years until the end of the 2023/24 season. It is said that this is a record deal for Arsenal London. However, numbers have not yet been mentioned. Emirates has been a sponsor of the Gunners for 12 years and holds the naming rights to the stadium until 2021. “Our jersey partnership is the longest in the Premier League and one of the longest in world sports,” said Arsenal boss Ivan Gazidis.
Trouble in West Ham due to doping controls: Premier League club West Ham United have obviously violated the English FA’s doping rules. Over the last twelve months, Londoners have failed to announce the whereabouts of their players several times. Now officials at West Ham have until 27 February to respond to the allegations. West Ham explained so far only that it does not concern the professionals directly. Rather, it is a violation of the team regarding the whereabouts of his players. The announcement should ensure that doping controls can be carried out at any time.
Manchester United is also hunting Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal to Manchester or Chelsea? For quite a while there are rumors about Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal. The newest rumor comes from Chelsea. The Blues are interested to buy the Chilean. But now also Manchester United has expressed his interest. Thus, a change from Bayern Munich in the Premier League is becoming more likely. Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes has denied an immediate change to Chelsea. But by summer, Arturo Vidal will leave Bayern. At the age of 30 he is looking for a new challenge and Chelsea or Manchester United are his best options. Wanna bet on it? here…
Southampton make record transfer: FC Southamption have bought Monaco’s Guido Carrillo from AS Monaco. The Saints confirmed the transfer on Thursday night. Apparently, Southampton has paid about 22 million euros to buy the Argentine from the Principality. This makes Guido Carrillo the most expensive player of the Premier League club of all time. For the Gabonese Mario Lemina paid the Premier League club last summer about 18 million euros to Juventus Turin.
Match Day 25 Premier League
- ⇒ Swansea City – Arsenal London
- ⇒ Westham United – Crystal Palace
Tuesday, 30th January – 20:00h
- ⇒ Huddersfield – FC Liverpool
Wednesday, 31th January – 19:45h
- ⇒ Southampton FC – Brighton
- ⇒ Chelsea – Bournemouth
- ⇒ Everton FC – Leicester City
- ⇒ Newcastle United – Burnley FC
Wednesday, 31th January – 20:00h
- ⇒ Manchester City – West Bromwich
- ⇒ Tottenham Hotspurs – Manchester United
- ⇒ Stoke City – Watford FC
More Premier League News and Rumors
Jose Mourinho extends contract with Manchester United: Coach Jose Mourinho has already renewed his contract with Manchester United. This, the Red Devils officially announced on Thursday evening. The new employment contract of the Portuguese couch is dated until 2020, with an option for another year. Jose Mourinho said “I am very honored and proud to be manager of Manchester United. I would like to say a big thank you to the owners and Mr. Woodward for confirming my hard work.” Ed Woodward, Deputy Chairman of the Red Devils is very pleased with the contract extension of the star coach.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Transfer in danger: As the Daily Mail reports, there are even more difficulties with the transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal London. On the one hand, the two football clubs do not agree on the transfer fee. On the other hand, in exchange Olivier Giroud should change from Arsenal to Borussia Dortmund. The player obviously has other plans and does not want to play in Dortmund. Thus, Borussia Dortmund is now investigating a possible transfer of Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea FC. This confirmed Chelsea coach Antonio Conte.
Joao Mario to West Ham United? The transfer of Joao Mario from Inter Milan to West Ham United seems certain. Both sides have confirmed that. The 25-year-old midfield player at Inter Milan only second choice after the signing of Rafinha from Barcelona. Hammers coach David Moyes confirmed on Thursday the rumors about a possible loan from Inter Milan. “Your sources are correct, it’s a loan, but we can tell you more when the transfer is complete,” said the Scot at a press conference.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Fury
It’s was the night before the derby and all through the house, nothing was stirring, actually yes it was – Jose Mourinho was! Tomorrow, Manchester United will take on rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford, a game that could see first place Man City, soar further away from second place Man Utd. As it stands, both teams have played 15 games, but Man City are ahead with 8 points – 43 to 35, so a win for Jose Mourinho’s men is vital.
Jose Mourinho has accused Manchester City players of diving in his latest outburst, claiming that “a little bit of wind and they fall”. Pep Guardiola, the City manager has been praised often by Jose, but this statement is bound to ruffle some feathers. “One thing that I don’t like a bit is, that they lose their balance very easily” Jose said.
Deja Vu: If you paid close attention to the game between Manchester United and Arsenal last week, where Arsenal lost 3-1, Jose echoed the same concerns; “I leave for you the Arsenal players on the grass. The grass is absolutely beautiful – I think there is a desire to go on to the grass.“
Man United are without Paul Pogba for this derby game, because he picked up a red card in the game against Arsenal. Mourhino remains tight-lipped on how he plans to approach the City game; “You all want to know how we are going to play, everyone connected with football professionally or as a fan is questioning: who is going to play? How are we going to try to play? I’m not going to tell.
Even the players do not know who is going to play. We are working on principles of play. I want every player to be connected with it and ready for it. With the problems we have with absences it is important that other players are ready to play or be on the bench and come on, and to have different roles than they are used to.
So the work is much more global than the 11 players who are going to start. The players who are fit? Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available, Phil Jones is available, Marouane Fellaini I have to wait (until today); Michael Carrick is not available, Eric Bailly is not available. Nemanja Matic is injured but he plays.”
Sunday will mark the 175th Manchester derby, so which team has had the advantage over the other previously? We have done some digging and can tell youth in the previous 174 meetings, Man City have sealed 50 victories. Fifty two of those games were met with a draw and Manchester United bagged 72 wins – so this certainly puts Jose’s boys in favour of a win.
No other team in the Premier League, has scored more goals at old Trafford than Manchester City, scoring 27, but Chelsea have won more 6 more matches than City at Old Trafford.
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