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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil could be answer to Man United’s No. 10 woes

Arsene Wenger has no fears that rumours linking Mesut Ozil to Man United will have any impact on the German’s performances. That Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho likes Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is not in dispute. He has said as much: calling his former playmaker at Real Madrid “the best No. 10 in the world” in 2013. But Mourinho’s admiration is likely to be growing with each passing day he stands on the sidelines at Manchester United’s Carrington training base. He already has two natural No. 10s in his squad, yet Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s form has been so dismal that he has not even made the bench in seven of United’s last eight games and Juan Mata is, more often than not, used on the right. Mkhitaryan was the designated No. 10 all the way th...

Mourinho blames selection headache for Mkhitaryan absence

Jose Mourinho has blamed the recent absence of Henrikh Mkhitaryan on having too many players to select from. Mourinho-Mkhitaryan The Armenian has not been involved in the matchday squad in seven of the last eight games and last featured as a substitute in United’s 1-0 win over Brighton on 25 November. Mourinho was asked about Mkhitaryan’s absence in his post-match press conference following the Reds’ 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The boss outlined that his plethora of options in midfield and attacking positions means that there is competition for every place in the starting line-up and on the bench. He said: “I can only have six [outfield] players on the bench and I try to have some balance on the bench – I had two defenders and [Dale...

Manchester United confirm Eric Bailly injury may require surgery

Romelu Lukaku’s first-half header was enough to give Man United a scrappy 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Following the fracas at Old Trafford, the FC panel turn their sights on Jose Mourinho, his motives behind what he allegedly did and whether or not he has lost his touch. MANCHESTER — Manchester United have confirmed that the injury that has already ruled Eric Bailly out of their last eight games may require surgery, with Jose Mourinho calling the Ivory Coast international’s setback “serious” after a 1-0 win against Bournemouth. Bailly, 23, has not played since the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Nov. 5 after returning from the October international break with a groin injury. Bailly missed four games before recovering to start three consecutive games aga...

Man United 1-0 Bournemouth: Lukaku goal enough for Reds

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Man United’s Jose Mourinho concerned by ‘serious’ Eric Bailly injury

Romelu Lukaku’s first-half header was enough to give Man United a scrappy 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Following the fracas at Old Trafford, the FC panel turn their sights on Jose Mourinho, his motives behind what he allegedly did and whether or not he has lost his touch. MANCHESTER — Jose Mourinho has admitted the injury that has already ruled Eric Bailly out of Manchester United’s last eight games is “serious.” Ivory Coast international Bailly, 23, has not played since the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Nov. 5 after returning from the October international break with a groin injury. Bailly missed four games before recovering to start three consecutive games against Tottenham, Benfica and Chelsea before meeting up with Ivory Coast again in November. He...

Martial misses point-blank chance for Man United

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Angel Gomes signs first professional contract with Manchester United

Following the fracas at Old Trafford, the FC panel turn their sights on Jose Mourinho, his motives behind what he allegedly did and whether or not he has lost his touch. Former Man United defender Paul Parker hopes to see an expansive United approach against Bournemouth. Former Man United defender Paul Parker addresses whether or not he feels Luke Shaw has a future at Old Trafford. Craig Burley compares Manchester United to a small club playing a giant in the FA Cup in their loss to Manchester City. Angel Gomes has signed his first professional contract with Manchester United. The 17-year-old made his first-team debut in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the end of last season and was also part of the England under-17 squad that won the World Cup. The forward had been linked with a move t...

WATCH: Real Madrid opponent pokes fun at Mourinho

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Which manager’s style is more boring: Mourinho’s or LVG’s?

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Van Gaal dubs Mourinho ‘boring’ but ex-United boss guilty of dreary football

ESPN FC’s Craig Burley has criticised Jose Mourinho for his approach against Manchester City. Louis van Gaal has accused Jose Mourinho of playing more boring football than he did as manager of Manchester United. It is an opportune time for the Dutchman to speak up, after Mourinho’s United were dismantled by Pep Guardiola and Manchester City on Sunday. Mourinho has been criticised in the aftermath for defensive tactics that allowed City to dominate the game — even if it did take two fortunate goals to secure a 2-1 win. Van Gaal claims that in two years at Old Trafford, he played football that was “quite all right” but “not appreciated in England”. He went on to suggest that “Mourinho is not being criticised while it’s far more boring foo...

Jose Mourinho blames Manchester derby fracas on ‘diversity in education’

The Exploding Heads wrap up a wild matchday 16 in England with Premier League in 90 seconds (plus stoppages). Craig Burley compares Manchester United to a small club playing a giant in the FA Cup in their loss to Manchester City. Following another goalless performance for Romelu Lukaku, Steve Nicol reiterates his stance that the Belgian striker isn’t a good fit for Man United. Jose Mourinho has said the scenes that followed Manchester United’s derby defeat to Manchester City on Sunday was down to “diversity.” Sources have told ESPN FC that City’s celebrations after their 2-1 win were “very vocal” and accompanied by loud music, prompting a confrontation between players and staff from both clubs. City boss Pep Guardiola claimed in his news conference...

Paul Pogba: My heart chose Manchester United over Real Madrid

Paul Pogba has quickly proven why he’s Man United’s most important player after a successful first season back at Old Trafford. Speaking exclusively to ESPN, Juan Mata discusses the monumental boost that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba bring to Manchester United. Paul Pogba has explained his decision to join Manchester United over Real Madrid last year, telling the Beyond the Pitch podcast: “My heart told me to come back.” Pogba, 24, came through the youth ranks at United but left for Juventus in 2012 after growing frustrated at a lack of opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson. The France international returned to Old Trafford four years later for a then world-record fee despite having been heavily linked with Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid earlier in the summer. A...