West Ham Forward Marko Arnautovic Reveals Why He Still Has Jose Mourinho’s Watch

​West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic has revealed that Jose Mourinho once presented him with his watch, after the Austrian arrived for training five hours early.

The gesture reportedly happened when Arnautovic was at loan at Internazioanle from FC Twente back during the 2009/10 season, Mourinho’s last in charge of the San Siro club.

Arnautovic claimed in an interview with the ​Daily Mail that he was desperate to avoid a telling off from Mourinho following a succession of punctuality issues during a pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi.

The Austrian striker claimed: “We were at Abu Dhabi for pre-season with Inter in 2009. I overslept for Breakfast. Late number one.

“Then there was the team meeting. The hotel was huge and my room was on the 75th floor. I am waiting for the lift and I press and I press and still I have seven minutes so I am okay. But then I still didn’t make it. Disaster. Number two.

“Then, before we meet for the game, it was happening again and I was like: ‘He is going to kill me’. So then we fought a little bit and I was out of the team that day, training on my own.”

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It appears that string of incidents had an effect on Arnautovic in the aftermath of the pre-season tour, and in his desperation to avoid another confrontation with Mourinho, the Austrian claims he arrived at Inter’s training ground for a morning training session, rather than the scheduled afternoon one.

“Back in Milan, I thought we were training in the morning and I went in just perfect. There were no cars there. We were actually training in the afternoon that day!” he revealed.

“Mourinho is there with his staff and he stands up and starts applauding and laughing. He said: ‘You are my man. You come here five hours before training. I love you! Here, take my watch’. I still have that watch in my house.”

Despite his dedication to impressing Mourinho, Arnautovic would make just three appearances for Inter, who declined to take up a permanent deal on the Austrian, with Mourinho describing him as ‘a fantastic person. with the attitude of a child.’

Instead, Anrautovic moved to Werder Bremen, where he spent three seasons before moving to Stoke in 2013, where he remained until this summer, when West Ham paid a club record £20m to bring him to the London Stadium.

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Arnautovic’s watch hasn’t provided him with much luck yet at his new club, and he has failed to find the net in six outings.

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Jose Mourinho Takes Cheeky Pop at Liverpool Following Man Utd’s Victory Over Benfica

​Jose Mourinho appeared to take a subtle swipe at Liverpool in the immediate aftermath of Manchester United’s 1-0 win Champions League win over Benfica.

The Portuguese adopted a patronising and sarcastic approach after the final whistle, and made a dig relating to the Reds and their showing in the Premier League against United last weekend.

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He said, as quoted by the ​Metro: “We put men around him [Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar] on corners so he cannot come out. He risks a lot, but only top keepers do that. He was unlucky for the goal.

“We knew the Benfica pressure could not stay for 90 minutes. The amazing defensive work Liverpool did against us, Benfica could not do that for the whole game.

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“Without any pressure, we knew the goal would arrive. We forced a little more and with quality and sharpness we could have killed the game more.”

Mourinho also got under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s skin by claiming the Italian ‘cries too much’, and it would appear that the mind games are well and truly under way.

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United took all three points in Lisbon thanks to a goalkeeping gaffe from 18-year-old Mile Svilar, who carried a looping Marcus Rashford free-kick over his own goal line after taking up a poor starting position.

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Benfica 0-1 Manchester United: Red Devils Secure Dull Win in Front of Half-Empty Stadium

Manchester United managed to maintain their 100% winning record in this year’s Champions League with an amazingly dull 1-0 win over Benfica inside a half-empty Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening. 

A bizzarre second half goal coming courtesy of a Marcus Rashford free-kick, who later left the field with an injury, was enough to separate the two tremendously mundane sides and put the Red Devils three points clear at the top of Group A. 

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The opening 45 minutes was one that is hard to put into words. 

If you are a fan of corners that come to nothing, watching over 30 minutes of football without a shot on target, a well-fought contest of who could give the ball away the most, or need new material to mentally torture your arch nemesis, see if you can find a highlights package, as this one was an absolute belter. 

However, thankfully for me, I had just painted the office wall, two tone cream with a touch of grey, it’s really quite nice, and luckily I could watch it dry – a better move than my first thought of sticking pens in my eyes.

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When the teams reemerged after the break and I realised I may have to sit through another 45 minutes of the same, I felt exactly how Jose Mourinho looks above, but just after the hour mark the game provided one of the strangest goals ever seen. 

Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar, who earned the title of youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history on Wednesday evening, had been suspect throughout the tie, with the teenager appearing overzealous and advancing uncomfortably far from his net on numerous occasions

So when Rashford was stood over a Manchester United free-kick, which was closer to the touchline than the Eagles’ area, and spotted the youngster off his line, obviously the only thought in the Englishman’s mind was to massively overhit his cross.

The goal-bound effort seemed to catch the Belgian custodian off-guard, and the 18-year-old ended up carrying the ball over his own goal-line after failing to decelerate in time whilst backpeddling – pretty much summing up the ridiculousness of this somehow Champions League clash. 

But as had been the norm all evening, the game then turned into one you would not even expect to see on a Sunday League pitch, with again neither side showing any quality whatsoever at any point, anywhere on the pitch. 

So I went to make a cup of tea. 

But I returned just in time to see the all-round horrendous night for the hosts turn even worse, as defender Luisao received his second yellow card of the evening in stoppage time after hacking-down substitute Scott McTominay. 

The result leaves Mourinho’s side top of Group A by three points, and one hopes to never have to witness another fixture of this calibre again. 

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Manchester United Show Interest in Spain U21 & Espanyol Starlet Aaron Martin

​Rumours in Spain claim that the Manchester United are keeping a watchful eye on Spanish Under-21 international Aaron Martin. 

Sources have apparently told ESPN that United recently sent scouts to watch the left back in action for his club side Espanyol against Levante in La Liga. 

It is understood that United’s representatives want to be kept informed of the 20-year-old’s progress and any other developments that concern his future at the La Liga club. 

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The left back position at Old Trafford has been an issue over the last few seasons and still remains an area of the squad that manager Jose Mourinho would ideally like to strengthen. 

The Portuguese tactician is also a reported admirer of Barcelona’s Jordi Alba and rumours of his interest in Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon continue, but yet no official offer for either player has been made.

Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young have all filled in the troublesome position for the Red Devils in recent times, although none of them have nailed down the role as their own, through injury or lack of form

On Saturday against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League encounter, Matteo Darmian played left-back, despite naturally being more suited to the right side.

Espanyol’s Martin signed a new long term contract in January, keeping him in Catalonia until the summer of 2022. This deal also includes a buy out clause of €40m to keep interested clubs in check. 

After working his way through from the club’s youth ranks and reserves, Espanyol recognise that he has shown enough potential in his 36 first team games that trying to keep him during the forthcoming January transfer window or beyond next summer could prove challenging. 

Although the young Spanish defender could be the solution, Manchester United are not the only suitors of this talented footballer. Their blue rivals from across the city of Manchester are also beginning to show an interest, and Mourinho might need to act, sooner rather than later, before Pep Guardiola looks to add to his already impressive weaponry at the Etihad.

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BT Pundit Reveals Which of His Former Clubs Have the Best Shot at Champions League Glory This Season

BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves believes German champions Bayern Munich are the best equipped of his three former clubs to go and win the Champions League this season – despite recently sacking manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Hargreaves, who also represented both Manchester United and Manchester City during his playing career, believes each team have their strengths, but that United especially are lacking that extra bit of quality to go and compete with the top teams on the continent in the latter stages. 

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The former England international, speaking exclusively to 90min, explained though that City – if they’re able to continue playing the football they’ve shown in the early weeks in the season – will strike fear into other teams because of their potent attack.

Comparing United and City, and specifically their respective manager Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, Hargreaves said: “They’re so different. Two great managers but two different philosophies. 

“In the Europa League final last year, Mourinho – even though it was against an inexperienced Ajax side – had a game plan and executed it perfectly and allowed them to have the ball. They let Davinson Sanchez come out with the it and picked them off. 

“City are the opposite and will try and blow you away. With the changes last season they weren’t able to do that, but Ederson’s come in and has looked like he’s played there for a long time. The changes Guardiola has made have made City better. If they can get on the ball and blow teams away, they’ll have a chance.”

Asked who would progress furthest of the Manchester clubs and out of the three, he added: “It depends on the draw. City for me are the best equipped English team, but Bayern have been there every season for years, so Bayern are best equipped of the three.

“City, though – if they can get rolling with that attacking football and with all the players they have at their disposal – I don’t think anybody is going to want to play them playing the way they are right now.

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“Mourinho realistically must know that the biggest teams in the Champions League are ahead of them. There’s no question about Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG. But he’s proven in a one-off game that he can master a game plan that can affect any team.”

Hargreaves though admitted that he couldn’t look past current holders Real Madrid as the favourites for this year’s competition yet again, as their players have been there and won the trophy for the last two years.

Real are favourites, but they haven’t really peaked yet,” he said. “When you win so frequently, it’s quite understandable that they start the season a little slowly.

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“They’ve signed some very good young Spanish players, but have stayed with what they’ve got and it’s worked so well. (Zinedine) Zidane trusts them, and come the crucial points, those players know they need to be at their best. It’s impossible to look past them.”


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