Former Spurs Ace Claims Man Utd Have Had Target in Mind for a ‘Long Time’ Amid Mourinho Quit Rumours

​Former Tottenham midfielder, turned TV pundit Jermaine Jenas says Manchester United have had their eye on Mauricio Pochettino for a ‘long time’ and believes he would jump at the chance to replace Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Jenas’ claims come amid rumours that Mourinho is considering quitting United after the club failed to secure a number of top transfer targets this summer, and that he has fallen out with star midfielder Paul Pogba.

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Speaking to the ​Daily Star, Jenas said: “I think they’ve been after him for a long time to be honest with you. It’d be a huge test. I think deep down that’s the one Pochettino wants.

“There’s only ​United and ​Real Madrid that I think really take his fancy.

“When you think about it, Jurgen Klopp’s not going anywhere at Liverpool. Chelsea change their manager every two minutes but the ​Tottenham and ​Chelsea thing would ruin everything he’s done at Spurs.

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“He already said he won’t go to Barcelona because of the links with Espanyol. I know you’ve got ​Bayern, PSG and so on but I think he’d prefer to stay in the Premier League or go back to La Liga.

“If Mourinho did leave ​United, I wouldn’t be surprised if they went in hard for Pochettino, and, given what’s happened at Spurs, I’d be surprised if he stayed.”

The latter refers to the ongoing ‘crisis’ at Tottenham, whereby they became the only team in the history of the summer transfer window not to sign a single player in a summer window, which was then exacerbated by delays to the reopening of the White Hart Lane stadium.  

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It is worth noting, however, that ​Pochettino has publicly stated that he intends to stay and fight for Spurs, and that he recently signed a five year contract extension with the London club – so any attempt to prize him away from a Premier League rival would take something extraordinary. 

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Jose Mourinho Gives Strong Update on Paul Pogba Speculation Ahead of Brighton Clash

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba will retain the captaincy for the club’s Premier League clash with Brighton on Sunday afternoon, explaining that he ‘couldn’t be happier’ with the Frenchman after ongoing rumours of a bust-up.

Pogba’s United future has been the talk of the tabloids more than ever this week.

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Earlier this week, the Sun alleged that an ‘extraordinary bust up’ had left ‘fractured relationship at all-time low’. Elsewhere, a Daily Star headline read, ‘Barcelona not giving up Paul Pogba chase as Jose Mourinho relationship sours’.

And a story from the Daily Mail even claimed, that the World Cup winning Frenchman ‘has his heart set on forcing transfer to Barcelona’ no matter what happens with Mourinho.

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In an unusual step, United actually responded to the stories about the alleged ‘bust up’, contacting Sky Sports reporter James Cooper, who revealed, “They are angry, they’re incensed, they’re telling me there was no bust up between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba. The reports of this are absolute nonsense. The relationship between the two people is good.”

Now, speaking in front of the media at a pre-match conference on Friday afternoon ahead of the upcoming trip to the south coast, Mourinho has plainly reiterated his faith in Pogba.

“The truth is we have been together for two years and a couple of weeks, and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now,” Mourinho explained, via ManUtd.com. “That’s the truth. I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him.

“He’s working well, he’s playing well, he does [it] for the fans, he does [it] for the team and that’s what I want. I want him to play for the team, which he’s doing, and, I repeat, I couldn’t be happier than what I am,” the boss added.

United will still be without usual skipper Antonio Valencia on Sunday. The Ecuadorean has returned to full training following a pre-season injury but won’t be fit enough for selection, Mourinho confirmed. The same goes for Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic.

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“[They are] fully fit, but not yet [ready] to play or even to be selected,” he said of the trio.

“Our training has been really, really good all week and we go [to Brighton] to win, obviously. That is our main objective. [Brighton] lost their first match, so they are working for a reaction, they are working to improve their game, so it will be a difficult match for us, but we are confident.”

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Andreas Pereira Reveals Why Defying Jose Mourinho to Leave Man Utd on Loan Was Crucial

​Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has revealed why defying manager Jose Mourinho to leave Old Trafford on loan last summer was a crucial and necessary step in his continued, explaining that his time away taught him so much both on and off the pitch.

Mourinho expressed disappointment this time last year when Pereira, who had spent the 2016/17 season on loan with La Liga side Granada, chose to pursue another loan with Valencia instead of fighting for a first team place at United.

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The Brazilian played 29 times in all competitions for Valencia, having appeared in 37 games for Granada, and has returned to Manchester a more mature individual who was picked for the opening game of the 2018/19 Premier League season last weekend.

“I learned a lot of things being on my own, I lived on my own there, and it’s different than living over here,” Pereira told Sky Sports as he prepares for United’s clash with Brighton on Sunday.

“I’m more professional now, I know what my body needs every day, I’m more mature now than I was two years ago. They’ve been really good for me, I think I’ve totally changed as a player and a human being after these two years,” he added.

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“It was very difficult for me to take that decision. Mourinho is one of the best coaches in the world, and he tells you to stay, and if you go against it you’ve only got things to lose in your head really.

“I was nervous about that, but it came out well. We had a great year in Valencia, and I am a better player, and this season he has a better Andreas than he could have had last year.

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“He hasn’t told me [that I have improved], but I think he will see this in games. I have a very good relationship with him, he is very good with me, very honest.”

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Man Utd Hit Out at ‘Nonsense’ Claims of Bust-Up Between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba

Machester United have refuted the claims stating manager Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba were involved in a bust-up following the latter’s comments after starring in the Premier League opener against Leicester City last Friday.

United beat the Foxes 2-1 thanks to the Frenchman’s heroics. But the player didn’t seem best pleased after the match, despite being handed the captain’s armband in the first game of the season.

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“If you’re not happy, you cannot give your best,” he told reporters. “There are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.”

The statement has cast major doubt on the player’s future at Old Trafford and several newspapers have reported that Mourinho warned Pogba not to vent through the media and told him to ask for a transfer if he wants out.

It was also reported that Pogba retorted, telling the manager that any future attempts to speak to him formally should be made through his agent Mino Raiola. According to Sky Sports, though, the club have branded the reports ‘absolute nonsense’ and insist that the relationship between Mourinho and Pogba is still ‘good’.

Meanwhile, former United midfielder Paul Ince has slammed the Frenchman’s attitude, referring to Pogba as disrespectful and lacking in professionalism.

“Paul Pogba has got too much to say,” Ince said in criticism of the World Cup winner. “Mourinho made him captain last week, which is a huge honour and one which he seems to underestimate. If Jose really thought so little of him, I doubt he’d have given him the armband.


“He had a great game, a real captain’s performance, but no one is talking about that because they’re too busy focusing on his off-field antics. I’m just not sure why he’s coming out publicly and disrespecting the club. 

“He’s let himself down. All he needs to speak about is the team and their performances, rather than himself. It shows a lack of professionalism and discipline.”

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Man Utd Star Romelu Lukaku Shockingly Considers Early International Retirement

​​Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has made a shocking claim regarding his future, suggesting that he intends to retire from international duty following Euro 2020.

In an interview with Business Insider, via the Mirror, the former ​Chelsea man – Belgium’s top scorer of all-time – claimed that he’s planning to pack it in after the next European ​Championship, when he will be aged just 27. Lukaku said: “After the Euros, I think I’ll stop.

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“I’m 25, I’m not even in my prime yet. So I still see them [younger players] as competition right now because they try to take my spot and I don’t want to give it up to them. So, like, another two years, and then they can have it.”

It is unclear whether Lukaku genuinely intends to retire for international football after the next major tournament, or whether it was merely a throwaway comment. Certainly, Belgium fans will be alarmed by powerful striker’s claims, given his great importance to the national team. In the 2018 World CupLukaku netted on four occasions, as his side finished 3rd in the tournament.

With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on the horizon, at makes little sense for Lukaku to retire from international football at such an early age. The towering forward has an opportunity to keep his name in the record books for years to come, if he keeps adding to the forty goals he’s notched up for his country thus far.

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In other news, ​Valencia are believed to be eyeing up a move for their former star Juan Mata, who has just one year left on his Old Trafford contract. The 30-year-old made a name for himself with the Spanish side, before joining Chelsea in 2011. Mata then made the switch to United in 2014, for a then club record fee of £37m.

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