Luke Shaw has revealed Jose Mourinho gave a 'strong' team talk at half-time which inspired the comeback against Newcastle. Manchester United found themselves two goals down within the first 10 minutes of the Premier League game and needed a huge fight back in the second half to win all three points. Mourinho brought Juan Mata on after 18 minutes and then Marouane Fellaini at half-time which helped inspire the 3-2 come back at Old Trafford. And Shaw revealed he was always confident United would be able to mount a comeback. "If I’m honest yeah 100% as soon as we came out in the second a lot of strong words were said at half time in the changing room," Shaw told MUTV. "I think everything of what was said was correct, 2-0 down at half time against Newcastle at home is really bad, and it helped us, it helped us we came out a new side in the second half." United's team spirit has also been questioned in recent weeks and Shaw believed their fight in the second 45 minutes showed that … [Read more...] about Luke Shaw reveals Jose Mourinho’s half-time Manchester United team talk
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Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Swansea stopper Lukasz Fabianski. The News Shopper in London report that Fabianski is set for a move away from the recently-relegated Swans with a number of Premier League teams interested in securing his services - including Newcastle.The stopper featured in all 38 of his side's Premier League outings last season and has plenty of top-flight experience following a seven year spell at Arsenal.Crystal Palace and Watford are also credited with an interest in the 33-year-old who was one of Swansea's better performers during the last campaign,Fabianski has just a year left to run on his contract and the report suggests that he could be available for a cut-price fee of £5million.There's still little transfer news from the Stadium of Light, as Stewart Donald closes in on a managerial appointment.Here's the rest of the news hitting the back pages today:Manchester United are willing to pay £79million to sign Douglas Costa from Bayern … [Read more...] about International goalkeeper linked with Newcastle, Manchester United set to break the bank; Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City in the news
After Marcus Rashford introduced his new dog to the Twitterati the pup became a meme. Saint Rashford's hangdog expression emerged two days after United had lost 1-0 to 18th-placed Newcastle, where Jose Mourinho fielded the same side which was schooled by Tottenham 11 days earlier in the same formation. "Me when I see Mourinho's 4-2-3-1 crab," was one of the wittier replies to Saint Rashford's unveiling. Mourinho has not started the Paul Pogba-Nemanja Matic axis since but he he has opted for two central midfielders in the last three games and Pogba was a non-starter against Liverpool, Sevilla and Brighton. Two holding midfielders stifled Liverpool but were stifling as United were ejected by Sevilla three days later. At times in that tie Marouane Fellaini was so advanced the set-up appeared more 4-1-4-1 and United became looser once the rogue Pogba replaced the Belgian. Just like against Newcastle and Tottenham, they lost with Matic and Pogba side by side. Mourinho responded to the … [Read more...] about Why Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is starting two holding midfielders
The trend of Jose Mourinho's first summer transfer windows with Manchester United was targeting forwards to maximise Paul Pogba's qualities. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a Mino Raiola stablemate, Antoine Griezmann his international teammate, Alvaro Morata a former club colleague and Romelu Lukaku a friend since Pogba was warming United's bench aged 18. Even the defensive-minded Nemanja Matic was bought with attacking intent and the Serbian made the reservations about Mourinho's 4-2-3-1 formation moot in the opening month of the campaign alongside Pogba. The axis reunited ruthlessly on Pogba's comeback against Newcastle in November, plundering four more goals two months on from the auspicious August of West Ham and Swansea. Pogba's clout and focus have plummeted in the wake of Alexis Sanchez's arrival and he has started four of his last seven on the bench behind Scott McTominay and Marouane Fellaini. MUTV producers owe Pogba one after he assisted Kylian Mbappe and struck a masterful … [Read more...] about Jose Mourinho is rebuilding Manchester United around his best signing
With the final international break of the season now over, attentions turn back to the Premier League and, particularly, the top-four race. For Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, the task is quite simple: no team has ever finished lower than fourth after reaching 76 points. Three of those teams are currently on course to surpass that target, one is not. However, fortunes in the final weeks of the season are often dictated by the fixture list and those who benefitted from easier runs earlier in the season can suffer as the schedule evens itself out. By calculating each Premier League club’s average points-per-game home and away this season, we can approximate the difficulty of each fixture and see who, on paper, has the easier run-in. Top 25 players in Premier League history 25 show all Top 25 players in Premier League history 1/25 Behind Ronaldo and Rooney, the next-most important man to United’s recovery in the second half of … [Read more...] about Premier League top-four race: Who has the best run-in? Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham or Chelsea?