How Antonio Valencia came to epitomise the Man United way
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 04, 2017,
Mar 04, 2017, 20:01
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It means United have now dropped points against the likes of Stoke, Burnley and Hull at Old Trafford this term and Mourinho believes the Red Devils would be challenging for the title if it wasn't for their squandered chances.
With United still battling on those two fronts, as well as chasing the Champions League places, Mourinho admitted he is planning for all three games at the same time and hinted he may leave players out for some games with an eye on the next one. Making matters worse is that the Cherries haven't won since before the new year, marking two full months of bad results, seeing them earn just two points in seven league matches.
Reports in the Mirror and the Daily Mail claim he wants two more years in Manchester - a deal that would take him beyond his 37th birthday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored just one goal fewer in all competitions in 2017 (nine) than Bournemouth have (10). "The relationship with the players is very good and with my owners and my board".
On Rooney, Jose Mourinho said the fact he was ready to come on at Wembley when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his victor in the EFL Cup final on Sunday, was proof the Manchester United captain remains a valued member of his squad. "I didn't see it, I felt it". Marcos Rojo could either be shifted inside into a centre-back spot so that Daley Blind can start on the left, or the Argentine may be left out altogether to rest him ahead of Thursday's trip to Russian Federation for which Bailly is suspended. I'm going for 3-0 to United and I think I'm being kind to Bournemouth with that prediction.
A mystery fan even offered Russian side Rostov a bribe of almost US$3,000 (S$4,239) to allow his son to lead the Swede onto the pitch as a mascot in next Thursday's Europa League last-16 first-leg clash.
United have become very hard to beat under Mourinho and are still in with a chance of winning the FA Cup and Europa League having already lifted the League Cup.
To date, Mourinho's psychology has not had the desired effect on Shaw, like Martial the former Saints man has not responded to his mind games.
Like United, Bournemouth are free of suspension worries for Saturday's clash.
The smiling United boss joked that the England pair's respective futures would dominate the agenda before a question had even been asked, then gave a four-minute monologue about them and last weekend's EFL Cup win.