Manchester United legend Roy Keane has said that the players at his former club are equally responsible for the Red Devils’ average Premier League season. The Mancunian giants recently took the decision to axe Mourinho from the head coach role but Keane believes the players should be likewise blamed for the results after not playing at their full capacity under the Portuguese.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said:“I do think the players, obviously, get away with murder. Just the way they hide behind the manager, Mourinho. Whatever you say about the players, they have thrown him under the bus and people have said Mourinho has been falling out with players, well you would fall out with players. That’s the name of the game and players turn up overweight or players are not training properly and not producing. And then for some of them to down tools, you know, shame on some of them players.”
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Manchester United favourite Dimitar Berbatov has urged the Red Devils’ hierarchy to listen to Jose Mourinho’s transfer demands at the turn of the year. The Mancunian giants have made an uncharacteristic start to the season with just 20 points from their opening 12 matches and the run already sees them 12 points behind table-toppers Manchester City.
In a report covered by The Mirror, Berbatov admitted that United are not in the best of position at the moment but they should still back the Portuguese head coach when the transfer window reopens. He added that the central defence remains the position of concern and the board ought to pursue at least one recruit in the New Year, though it certainly won’t be easy.
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Manchester United favourite Nicky Butt has said that there has been a genuine power shift between the Manchester clubs over the past few years and his former side have a challenge on their hands to reclaim their dominancy over their cross-town rivals. The Red Devils were truly outclassed during the recent derby at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City secured a comfortable 3-1 victory to return to the top of the table.
Speaking in a player care conference, Butt admitted that United are going through a tough period whilst suggesting that City have bridged a gap between themselves and chasing pack. He added that United now have the challenge to reclaim the reputation of being the best from the times of Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Huddersfield heaped more misery onto Fulham at the John Smith’s Stadium during another edition of Monday Night Football. Losing to the Terriers at this stage of the season is nothing short of disastrous for Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic as the West Yorkshire side managed to leapfrog Fulham and propel themselves off the foot of the table.
Right now, Fulham are at their first real crossroads after being promoted from the Championship last season. As things stand, their record makes for quite awful reading after suffering their fifth straight defeat as well as only managing a solitary win in their opening 11 games in England’s top flight. This downturn in form is light years away from the fashion in which they ended last season in the Championship by beating Villa at Wembley in the play-off final. Continue reading “Fulham: Stick or Twist”
Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has refused to concentrate on the ongoing speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. The Slovakia international has become one of Europe’s hottest properties after helping the Nerazzurri return to the Champions League last season and this has not encouraged him to pursue a bigger challenge elsewhere.
Speaking to reporters, Skriniar cited that he does not like to get into the gossip but hinted that the Red Devils may have made an approach during the summer transfer window, he said: “I just read that, but I’m not thinking about these things. There were these rumours in the summer too but nothing happened in the end and I don’t think anything will happen now. There are a lot of matches with Inter, right after the international break there are important games like the Milan derby and we need to prepare well.”
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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has declined to comment on the speculation linking him with the Manchester United job. A recent report from Germany highlighted that the Portuguese is one of the leading candidates to become the next United boss, should Jose Mourinho be released from the helm.
However, speaking to Sky Sports News, Nuno has refused to comment on the baseless speculation and has stressed that he would like to evaluate his future on the daily basis, he said: “You know me. I don’t talk about that. It does not make sense. This is not the moment to even think about it. I don’t think about it, I totally ignore that, I totally ignore it. I don’t do like that. I go on a daily basis. I know what I have to do tomorrow – to prepare the boys well and prepare the team for a tough game against Burnley. This is the way I look at the future I take it day-by-day.”
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hailed the team’s attitude on Monday night despite them suffering a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. The loss was the second straight one for the Red Devils in the Premier League and this sees them in the bottom half of the standings after three matches.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho suggested that United were probably unlucky with the result, given they had a fantastic attitude and should have taken the lead during the first period, he said: “We played very well, the players had a fantastic attitude and, at half-time, the score in my opinion should have been two goals different, minimum.Then something changed the game a little bit and the score was 2-0 but the team was in the game.
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