Jose Mourinho Prepares for Huge Summer Cull at Old Trafford Following Hectic Week of Excuses

​Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly preparing for a huge summer overhaul of his squad, as the Portuguese boss continues to blame anything and everything other than himself for the club’s recent failings.

Knocked out of the Champions League in an embarrassing defeat to Sevilla and at the risk of having to give rivals Manchester City a guard of honour when the two teams meet later in the campaign, it’s been a tough season for United and Mourinho.

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With news already doing the rounds that ​Luke Shaw is almost certain to leave United this summer, it appears that he won’t be the only one to go, with the Daily Mail claiming that Mourinho is preparing to cull his playing squad.

The already ostracised likes of Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind accompany Shaw on the list of soon to leave; and while the club is preparing to wave goodbye to midfield duo Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, there lies an expectation that even more players will go.

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The report goes on to name Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling as possible Old Trafford exits this summer, and Jose Mourinho is believed to have already told Ed Woodward that the team needs even more investment than the £300m already thrown in during Mourinho’s reign.

United currently sit second in the league, and have made it to the semi-final of the FA Cup – where they’ll face Tottenham, in hope of reaching the final against either Chelsea or Southampton.

While the club continue to be linked with almost every high profile name in Europe, it’s unclear just yet as to who Mourinho is really after.

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FA Cup Semi-Finalists Learn Their Fate as Tottenham Set Up Wembley Showdown With Man Utd

​As this season’s FA Cup nears the business end, the remaining four sides who secured passage to the semi-finals over the past 48 hours have learned what stands between them and a place at Wembley Stadium in May. 

Swiftly after Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Sunday evening, the highly anticipated draw took place, and it offered up a pair of mouthwatering all Premier League ties. 

12-time winners Manchester United; who, despite boss Jose Mourinho’s post-match negativity, booked a place in their third cup competition semi-final in two years after making hard work of dispatching Brighton & Hove Albion inside an arctic Old Trafford will face Tottenham Hotspur; who advanced into the final four with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday lunchtime thanks to a scintillating Christian Eriksen display,

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And Red Devils midfielder Jesse Lingard, who lifted the cup under Louis van Gaal in 2016, knows how important FA Cup success could be, considering their slightly underwhelming campaign thus far. 

“Any opportunity to win a trophy is always good for the team and the fans, so if we can get a trophy out of the season, it” be good”, the England international told the ​Manchester Evening News after his side’s win over the Seagulls. 

In the other tie, last year’s finalists, Chelsea, who needed extra-time to get past Leicester City and booked their spot with goals via Alvaro Morata; who netted his first goal since Boxing Day, as well as Pedro, will face Mark Hughes’ Southampton; whose debut managerial outing secured the Saints’ second trip to the national stadium in as many years after a much improved second half display at Wigan Athletic.


Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s first for the club and a late conversion from Cedric Soares was enough for the Saints to overcome League One Wigan Athletic, who got the better of Manchester City in the last 16.

Antonio Conte will be looking to secure his first knockout competition silverware, having failed to lead a team to success, aside from the league title both in Italy and England, in his 12 years of management. 

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The semi-finals will be played over the weekend of April 21/22.

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Arsenal & Manchester United Set to Fight for the Signature of Real Madrid Midfield Star

Manchester United are set to rival Arsenal in the race for the signature of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, according to reports in Spain.

Marca claim that ​Real Madrid’s transfer priority is replacing the ageing playmaker this summer, while several Premier League have been alerted to the possibility of picking up the Croatian.

Spanish rumours site ​Don Balon recently linked Modric with a move to Arsenal, with – rather sensationally – his countryman Ivan Rakitic apparently being eyed up as his replacement at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Now, according to ​Diario Gol, Manchester United have also been thrown into the mix, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham; and not to mention European giants Juventus and PSG all keeping tabs on Modric’s situation as the summer transfer window grows closer.

Though at 32-years of age, Modric’s best years may now be behind him, he remains a top-quality midfielder and one who would certainly be a great short-term acquisition for any of the named teams.

Arsenal’s midfield players like Granit Xhaka have come under much scrutiny this season, while Jose Mourinho is set for a bit of a headache come the end of the season with United veteran Michael Carrick set to retire and Marouane Fellaini out of contract.

In addition, Paul Pogba hasn’t enjoyed his greatest campaign so far this season and has recently been omitted from the starting lineup for youngster Scott McTominay – so reinforcements in the middle of the park could be just what United need to help close that heavy gap between themselves and local rival Manchester City next season.

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PHOTO: Disputed Designs for Pink Man Utd Away Kit Cause Mixed Reaction on Social Media

Designs for a ​Manchester United’s away kit has done the rounds on Twitter and, to the apparent dismay of many, it is pink. Yes, pink.

The Sun’s headline upon revealing the news was typically hysterical. ‘Manchester United PINK away shirt leaked’. PINK. It’s pink, by the way.

There is, though, still uncertainty as to whether the shirt is actually real. It has not been confirmed by the club and shirt news gurus ​Footy Headlines have since claimed that the supposedly leaked prototype is in fact a fake.

It is, however, true that the actual kit will be pink.

The kit is reportedly inspired by the old Manchester Evening News’ “Football Pink” news section which was printed on light pink paper.

United have never in their history worn pink. Other clubs, though, have, including Juventus and Palermo in Serie A.

For some, the colour will not be suitably masculine. “When Man United get this pink kit the squad will become full time snap chatters and we will never win again,” said one Twitter user. “To suit all the nonces at the club….hideous kit…” wrote another.

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While nothing has been confirmed at this point, often when pink is used as the base colour, at least the shorts, and sometimes the socks, match the shirt’s trim, meaning a black lower half could be expected from the designers.

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Man Utd 2-0 Brighton: Lukaku & Matic Headers Send Red Devils Into FA Cup Semi Finals

Manchester United managed to end a turbulent week with a win on a wintry Saturday at Old Trafford, as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 to seal a place in the last four of the FA Cup.

Goals in either half from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic were enough to ensure victory, despite some nervy moments, and United will now join Tottenham in tie semi final ties at Wembley on the weekend of April 21.


Even after the hefty criticism that came their way following Champions League elimination on Tuesday – and for the manner of the defeat to Sevilla, mainly – it was never going to be the swashbuckling attacking football of the old United in reaction. Jose Mourinho has done a pretty good job of making his bed, and it’s clear he’ll always try and win in the way he knows how.

While it may not have worked in midweek, his method worked on Saturday. It’s become a United trend that scoring first is the key to their victories, and it was Lukaku’s header eight minutes before the break – after a lovely cross from Matic – which sent them on their way. It was one of very few first half moments which saw the hosts threaten Brighton’s goal.

United did strike the post on the half hour mark through Chris Smalling’s close range shot, which came about after good work by Anthony Martial and Juan Mata forced a corner, but for all their possession, there was very little goalmouth action.

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In the Brighton goalmouth, anyway. Chris Hughton’s side certainly had a good go of it. Shades of United’s performance against Sevilla occurred here too, with United’s midfield all too willing to let the visitors play. Brighton used their time on the ball effectively, but it was Lewis Dunk’s header which saw them go closest in the first half. It forced a good reaction save out of Sergio Romero.

As the match went on, the home crowd, you could sense, started to grow nervy and tense. It’s easy to understand why given the manner in which Sevilla dumped United out of Europe, and Brighton tried their best to recreate the scene.

Pascal Gross sent a shot from the edge of the box inches wide five minutes into the second half, and Jurgen Locadia – starting up front ahead with Leo Ulloa ahead of Glenn Murray – perhaps forced Romero into his best save a few minutes later. The Dutchman’s shot from the edge of the area made the Argentinian stretch, but he kept the Seagulls at bay.

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Murray was introduced shortly after as Brighton searched for an equaliser, but United managed to hold firm and round the game off with eight minutes to go, courtesy of Matic. A neat free kick from Ashley Young found the Serb at the back post, and he nodded the ball past Tim Krul to send United into the last four.

The hosts were not at their best by any means, but victory here will help ease the pressure on the players, and Mourinho himself, going into the international break. Brighton now turn their attention to earning Premier League survival, with United set to visit them on the penultimate day of the Premier League season.