“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.
Christiano Ronaldo: Will he won’t he?
For some time now, football fans have been wondering if the Real Madrid star Christiano Ronaldo will make a return to Manchester United, but we still don’t have concrete evidence – or do we? Recently, Christiano Ronaldo has hinted at a retro to his former club, but has remained tight-lipped, so when sources recently informed us of his property hunting in England, we instantly got excited. In 2009, Christiano Ronaldo left the red devils for a then world-record £80m deal, but since his departure, he has often quoted that he misses Manchester United, the fans and England.
The Sunday Mirror recently made a bold statement that the international football star, has dropped a huge hint about his future, stating that he is seriously weighing up his future options. Property hunting seems to be underway, with the 32-year old house hunting for a return to the Premier League – our money is on Man Utd but who’s your bet on? There are many sports book websites taking bets this.
Despite other Premier League teams being interested in the star, the Portuguese international has a close relationship with Jose Mourinho, who was the manager of Real Madrid where Christiano Ronaldo plays. So, not only does Christiano Ronaldo have strong ties to Manchester United, he also has a strong tie with the manager of the club – so why would he choose any other team?
It seems that Christiano Ronaldo is not just a father to four and a global football star, after recently revealing that he has an ambition to head into the movie industry, when he retires that is. His dreams have come true within the football field, with him retaining the Club World Cup in December for Real Madrid, along with claiming a fifth Ballon d’Or trophy (making it level pegging with rival Lionel Messi), but he only has three short years left on his Real Madrid contract.
By the time his contract comes to a close, Christiano Ronaldo will be 35 years old, so will it be time to hang up his boots for good? It seems so, what with him wanting to head into the acting industry. In a recent interview with Sky Italia, the Real Madrid star said;
“I am focused right now because my football career will finish one day – we all have to retire one day. I know that day will come. But right now, I am enjoying the moment. When I am retired, I think I will have a good life. I don’t say that because of money. I want to try other things; for example, to do movies. I started to plan my future when I was 27, 28 – a long time ago, I began preparing. I have a good team, who work in my company, who start to build good things going forward. In football, I am very calm because I know they depend on me.”
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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