Mourinho Defends Pogba & Lukaku Price in Rival Bashing Statement With One More Signing Targeted

Manchester United boss José Mourinho has defended the decision to spend £164m on Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, whilst also criticising his rivals spending this summer. Mourinho also inadvertently confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimović will sign a new contract with the club in the new year, according to the Daily Mail.

We spent big money on a striker because, with strikers, you either spend or you don’t get,” Mourinho stated. “We spent because of what happened to Zlatan [Ibrahimović] and we cannot allow ourselves to be without an important, strong striker for the first six months of the season.

“I don’t think it kills football as the big clubs will always have the potential to produce this kind of money and not to be in problems.”

The Portuguese manager then went on to speak about Chelsea and Tottenham’s activity during the transfer market: “Everybody speaks about the dimension of the investment at Man City, but there is another team where I feel the dimension of their investment is phenomenal – Tottenham.

“For me the dimension of their investment is amazing. They keep everybody they want to keep,” Mourinho continued. “They sold Kyle Walker, I think because they wanted to sell. And probably because they think Trippier is as good as Walker. And he’s younger than Walker.

Chelsea are champions and they buy now. We are halfway through the market and they buy [Antonio] Rüdiger, [Tiemoué] Bakayoko and [Álvaro] Morata,” he added. “Every club makes different investments, but all of them are investing a lot to win the title.”

Mourinho then went on to talk about any potential new signings coming through the doors at Old Trafford, claiming that Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward control’s the clubs transfers.

“I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. Ed [Woodward] is in control. He did Lindelöf and Lukaku,” Mourinho stated. “He knows that I would like two more players, but he also knows that I have balance, I understand the situation, I understand the market.

One player would be a midfield player that would give me more options to my team, more balance. The other would be an attacking player that could play through the wings to give me more attacking options.”

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Mourinho’s decision to break the world record transfer fee last season for Pogba was heavily criticised at the time, however, with the amount of money that is swapping hands this summer, Pogba’s £89m fee looks tiny in comparison to Kylian Mbappé’s £160m price tag or Neymar’s £196m release clause.

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VIDEO: Phil Jones Breaks His Silence on Infamous Headed Tackle Against Arsenal

It’s been a long time coming, but finally one of the greatest mysteries of our time has been explained. It is, of course, the mystery of why Phil Jones opted to go for the crawling headed tackle in order to halt the opposing striker.

Jones, famed for his gallery of bizarre facial expressions, made the notorious tackle in a game against Arsenal in May 2015, and the strangely impressive moment has entertained fans ever since. 

Two years after that infamous encounter, during an interview with MUTV the 25-year-old said, “It was one of those things. I misjudged the ball from a goal kick. The ball bounced, I slipped. I tried to get up, I slipped again. The only thing I could do was improvise and try to head the ball away because Giroud was through on goal. 

“It looked silly at the time, but it did the job. Looking back on it, it was the ‘slipping and trying to get up’ stage – that was the funny part. All my mates take the mick out of me for it! It was just improvisation. You do what you have to do as a defender. You have to put your neck on the line.”

​​While the tackle appeared ridiculous and has since cemented itself as one of the stranger things committed by a Premier League defender, the improvisation behind the tackle was actually very good.

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Jones miscalculated the height of the overhead ball, and subsequently allowed Giroud in on goal. But suspended somewhere between standing and falling, the defender managed to crawl almost as quickly as Giroud could sprint and was able to head to ball into the Frenchman’s feet, and watch the ball go out for a goal kick. An ingenious piece of defending that we’ll likely never forget! 

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PHOTO: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Represented on 1,000 Kroner Note

​Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unlikely to have grown more modest following the unveiling of a 1,000 kroner note, which features the enigmatic forward’s face.

The note, designed by a Swedish artist, is not the only sign of affection towards Ibrahimovic, the country’s all-time top goalscorer. He will also be honoured with a statue outside the national stadium.

And clearly happy with his representation on the 1,000 kroner note, the former Manchester United striker posed for a photo which was uploaded to his Instagram account.

You have Benjamin Franklin and you have me,” he wrote in the caption.

Unlike Franklin, however, Ibrahimovic’s face will not adorn legitimate currency. The note, designed by Bingo Rimer, is simply an artistic design and cannot be used to purchase anything.

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Ibrahimovic will undoubtedly pleased by the symbolism behind Rimer’s piece, though. A 1,000 kroner note is Sweden’s largest denomination available, perfect for a man known to have compared himself to God.

After his contract expired at United, Ibrahimovic is currently without a club ahead of the upcoming season, and still recovering from an injury picked up towards the end of the last campaign.

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He and agent Mino Raiola are now likely to set their sights on finding a new club, and they’re likely to ask for wages of a lot more than 1,000 kroner a week.

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Romelu Lukaku Names the Man Utd Player He Wants to Emulate at Old Trafford

​Following his big money move to Old Trafford earlier this summer, Romelu Lukaku has set the bar high, claiming he wants to replicate Cristiano Ronaldo’s achievements. 

United’s £75m investment may weigh heavy on the Belgian’s shoulders, but he is aiming to prove his doubters wrong by helping his new side win trophies next year. 

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The 24-year-old has scored 104 goals in the past five seasons, but the ​Express have reported that he intends on improving, insisting he is nowhere near the complete package yet. 

“I’m 24, so can’t say I’m the complete package,” he said. “I can’t say I’m in my prime. There is a lot of work to be done and I’m delighted that there is still work to be done. That means I can become even better than I am.

“I’m far from the level of Ronaldo and Lewandowski. That’s the level I want to aim for. How do I reach that level? Keep improving. There is always room to improve. 

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“I just want to become the best player I can be. I’ll never say it’s good enough. It’s a pressure I put on myself. When you play for United you have to perform every week.”

In an effort to continue improving, Lukaku claims he spends hours watching footage of his performances to spot any weaknesses. 

“Every year, at the end of the season, I will look to all of the games that I have played and I will look to the negatives, to the positives and take it further into the next year.

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“I think the key to me scoring more and more every year is that I work during the off-season on my negative points and it helps me a lot.”

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Jose Mourinho to Let Defender Leave This Summer With Dutch Giants Interested in His Signature

Manchester United are ready to let young defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson move on to pastures new, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old spent a season-long loan spell at Wolves last campaign but failed to impress, only registering six league appearances. Despite this, Dutch giants Ajax are willing to offer the youngster an escape route from Old Trafford, who have the need to replace the Crystal Palace-bound Jairo Riedewald.

Reading and Leeds also waiting in the wings should he wish to remain in England.

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In an interview with FourFourTwo back in December, Borthwick-Jackson said of Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho: “He’s always keeping eyes on me and he has people watching.

“When I first came into pre-season I got injured early on, and as I recovered he asked me how I was and things like that.

“When I came back he said: ‘the squad’s a bit too big but I see a future for you here’ and that I’m a ‘top player’. He told me to go out and get some experience.”

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Jose Mourinho doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to bringing through youth players at the clubs he has managed, and if Borthwick-Jackson’s words are to be believed it would seem as though the Portuguese tactician may have had high hopes for the defender.

However, after failing to make an impact with Wolves, Mourinho appears to have decided that the U20 England international will not make the grade at the highest level.

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