Panic at Manchester United: Ed Woodward wants to stick with Louis van Gaal [Tweets]

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward intends to stay loyal to Louis van Gaal until at least the summer and has had no meaningful contact with Jose Mourinho’s camp, according to The Daily Telegraph. The Red Devils chief is still backing the Dutchman despite a 2-1 Europa League defeat to Midtjylland on Thursday. United are starting a run of five games in 14 days, a crucial one in their disappointing season so far. They are facing Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, Midtjylland in the return of the Europa League, and Arsenal, Watford…

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Chelsea send Jose Mourinho a set of gifts to thank him

Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December, but never got a farewell from the Blues…untill now. According to an exclusive report by The Telegraph, the Portuguese manager has received a letter from Stamford Bridge, thanking him for his achievements during his second stint with the club. Chelsea also handed Mourinho replica versions of the Premier League and Capital One Cup trophies he won last season. The letter and trophies were sent to Mourinho’s home in west London this week and were presented in a blue box. Club chairman Bruce Buck stated…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints at move to Premier League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted that he might move to the Premier League next season, according to The Daily Mail. The 34-year-old’s contract in Paris expires at the end of the season, and few expect him to stay with PSG. However, no one really knows what Zlatan wants to do next season. It looks like he will join the MLS at some point in his career, with the expectation that he’ll play for David Beckam’s Miami-based team in 2017. However, that leaves options open for the 2015-16 season and Ibrahimovic hinted at a move…

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Jose Mourinho to take over at Manchester United, claims former Premier League manager

Louis Van Gaal’s second year in charge at Manchester United hasn’t quite panned out as well as he would have hoped. After finishing fourth in the league last season, the Red Devils have gone backwards this season and are struggling in fifth position in the league table, six points behind cross-town rivals Manchester City. United’s Champions League campaign was also ended in a disaster as they bowed out in the group stages of the competition. The discontent among the United fans against the Dutchman is at an all-time high, and…

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Real Madrid star tops Mourinho’s Manchester United wishlist

Raphael Varane leads Manchester United’s summer transfer wishlist, as the Red Devils are looking to bolster the centre of their defence. The 22-year-old defender from Real Madrid is widely regarded as one of the best young defenders in Europe, and is renowned for his explosive pace, technical skills and positional game. According to the Manchester Evening News, United are targeting the Frenchman as they prepare to bring in defensive reinforcements, with Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte and Everton’s John Stones Stones also on their shortlist. Jose Mourinho was known to be a big…

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Jose Mourinho is convinced he’ll coach Manchester United next season

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is understood to have told friends that he expects to become Manchester United’s coach in the summer of 2016, according to The Telegraph. The Red Devils have refused to deny reports they have held discussions with the Portuguese and no deal has been struck between the two parties. However, a well-placed source told the Telegraph: “Mourinho’s going to Manchester United. It’s a done deal. Chelsea is the only big job up for grabs.” United have been forced to act rapidly after Manchester City lured in Pep Guardiola to take over…

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Hazard: “I apologized to Mourinho”

Eden Hazard was Chelsea’s standout player last season as Jose Mourinho guided the Blues to the Premier League success. About nine months later, the Portuguese manager is not at the club anymore, and Hazard is still without a league goal this season. Mourinho was sacked by the West London club in December after a run of nine defeats in 16 games left them struggling just above the relegation zone. One of the many reasons behind this abysmal run was the unexpected drop in the Belgian’s form. Last year’s Player of the…

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Is Jose Mourinho close to signing for Manchester United?

Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to sign a contract at Old Trafford and take on new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in the Premier League next season, according to Sky Italia journalist Alessandro Alciato. The Italian broke the news via his Twitter account, with the official Sky Sports account retweeting it fairly quickly. The Portuguese coach has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford since his sacking by Chelsea and speculation has intensified following confirmation of Pep Guardiola’s move to Manchester City. Mourinho went head-to-head with Guardiola in Spain during…

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Manchester United fans have one message for the club: “Get Mourinho”

Following the confirmation of the summer arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Manchester United fans are in a panic mode. The Red Devils’ season has already been a let-down, and now the impending arrival of one of the best football managers at the cross-town rivals has most definitely triggered the meltdown among the fans. There seems to be only one solution left for the Red Devils now: “Get Jose Mourinho!” Don’t get me wrong. #MUFC should go for Mourinho. He’s proven he can compete vs Guardiola. — Tom Coast (@thcoast)…

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Top five rants from Premier League managers

Football management is a high-pressure job. And in football, pressure can bring out the worst in anyone. Even the likes of Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez! Watch our list of top five rants from Premier League managers. 5) Joe Kinnear (Newcastle United): The former Newcastle manager blurted out 52 swear words in five minutes during the 2008-09 season. Now that will take some beating. 4) Ian Hollaway (Blackpool) This one was one of the funniest press conferences by a football manager. Hollaway went on a rant about FIFA, UEFA, Sepp Blatter…

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Jose Mourinho’s agent claims reports on United letter are “absurd”

The Independent on Sunday published a report claiming that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has written a six-page letter to Manchester United pointing out why the club should hire him to succeed Louis Van Gaal. The report went on to mention that Mourinho has assured the club that he would be willing to change his methods to adhere to club’s principles. As expected, the report was picked by all the major publications and was all over the internet within minutes. However, Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes has rubbished the rumours and…

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Arsenal legend has surprise name to coach his ‘team-mates XI’

Patrick Vieira doesn’t want Arsene Wenger to be the coach of his ‘team-mates XI’. The French Arsenal legend rather has Jose Mourinho running his team, according to The Daily Mail. It’s a suprising pick from the 39-year-old, who enjoyed the most successful part of his career under Wenger with the Gunners. Vieira was brought to the Premier League by his fellow countryman in 1996 and won seven trophies during his nine-year stay in London, while also being part of the Arsenal team that went unbeaten during the 2003/2004 season. Still, the defensive midfielder…

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Chelsea vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Stamford Bridge is the venue for what could be seen as an incredibly unlikely relegation six-pointer, as after the headline news of boss Jose Mourinho being sacked, Chelsea aim to avoid a 10th league defeat of the campaign against Sunderland, who begin a daunting trio of festive fixtures. The patience that has been shown towards Mourinho finally reached its end on Thursday as the most successful manager in the Blues’ history was shown the door, at a time when the abysmal defence of their Premier League title showed no sign of coming to an immediate…

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Chelsea vs FC Porto – Match preview and team news

Chelsea will be hoping to seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League by avoiding defeat against FC Porto, who need a win to secure their progress. The standings in Group G are the most complicated of any group, with Chelsea on top despite having lost to the Portuguese club in the reverse fixture. This is because Dynamo Kiev, who sit two points behind the leading duo, have taken four points from their two matches against Porto and so will go above them should they win –…

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Chelsea vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

After seven defeats in the first 12 rounds of Premier League matches, Chelsea’s latest attempt to turn things around comes at home to Norwich City, who ended their own bad run last time out. In fairness, Chelsea played considerably better in their last match at Stoke City than they had in many of their previous outings this season, but still came away with nothing after being frustrated by a highly organised and obdurate defensive unit. Eden Hazard gave his best display for some time while Pedro Rodriguez added a little…

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Stoke vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

The next opportunity for Chelsea to try and put a stop to their faltering defence of the Premier League comes on Saturday at Stoke City, where they were recently knocked out of the Capital One Cup. Securing that penalty shootout victory perhaps had an effect on the Potters, who showed signs of fatigue in their subsequent outing at Newcastle United last weekend, where they had goalkeeper Jack Butland to thank for preserving a point in a goalless draw. It was not the first time the Bristol-born stopper has rescued his side…

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Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev – Match preview and team news

Chelsea and their beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho will once again be looking to the Champions League to provide some respite from their dismal domestic form as they face Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge. Everything is going wrong in the Premier League, but a win here will at least put them well on track in their attempts to reach the knockout stages of Europe’s leading competition. It is important that they do take maximum points, as they currently sit third in Group G, a point behind their opponents and three behind leaders…

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Chelsea vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

A massively intriguing match-up at Saturday lunchtime sees labouring champions Chelsea entertain a Liverpool side looking to build on their first win under new manager Jurgen Klopp. The German’s opposite number Jose Mourinho has continued to come out fighting after yet more poor results, and members of the Chelsea squad keep insisting that they are firmly behind the 52-year-old, but the statistics speak for themselves. The club has lost more games in all competitions this time around than it did in the whole of last season, and has conceded two goals or…

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Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

With a win and a defeat from their opening two Champions League Group G matches, Chelsea make the long trip to face Dynamo Kiev for an encounter which could go a long way towards deciding to qualifies for the knockout stages. The current group table currently sees Chelsea third, a point behind their opponents who are joint top alongside FC Porto, who got the better of Jose Mourinho’s side on match day two. With two games against bottom club Maccabi Tel-Aviv coming up, Porto should be expected to all but secure…

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Chelsea vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be desperate to begin turning around their floundering defence of the Premier League title when they entertain an Aston Villa side that is gearing up for another battle to avoid the drop. Jose Mourinho came out fighting after the last miserable Blues performance against Southampton, with his words leading to the vote of confidence that he wanted from the club’s board. He has plenty to think about as his side have rarely threatened to score goals in recent weeks, and have been run ragged in defence. Even the…

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho handed £50,000 fine and one-match stadium ban

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been slapped with a £50,000 fine and a one-match stadium ban for comments he made following the club’s recent defeat to Southampton, the Daily Express reports. The Blues boss reacted angrily to the defeat and blamed the referee for failing to award his side a spot kick for a foul on striker Radamel Falcao. Chelsea eventually lost the game 3-1, with goals coming from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle to cancel out Willian’s opener and Mourinho then went on a seven minute rant…

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Chelsea gossip: Simeone sounded out as Mou replacement and Barca star takes swipe at Blues

Monday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer gossip. Eden Hazard insists Belgium will target winning Euro 2016 – but now he has to concentrate on his own form, the Daily Mirror reports. The Chelsea star scored a penalty in the 4-1 victory in Andorra to lift the Red Devils above Wales in Group B. Dani Alves believes former team-mate Pedro should have stayed at Barcelona rather than join Chelsea, the Daily Express reports. The Spaniard ended ten years with the Catalan club when he moved to Stamford Bridge for around £22million…

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Chelsea gossip: Double defender swoop targeted but international break yields injury woes

Saturday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer gossip. Chelsea are ready to back manager Jose Mourinho with a fresh move for Everton centre-back John Stones and Paris St-Germain defender Marquinhos, both 21, in January, the Daily Mirror reports. The struggling Premier League champions have also made Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos a candidate as they look to strengthen their suspect back four. Chelsea’s ties with Dutch side Vitesse has seen the Blues emerge as favourites to sign wonderkid Thomas Buitink ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal, according to the Metro. The 15-year-old…

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Jose Mourinho admits he’s struggling to halt Chelsea’s poor form

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is struggling to put a stop to Chelsea’s recent nosedive in the Premier League, according to the Daily Express. The defending champions currently lie in 16th place in the table having managed to win just Premier League games so far. Mourinho was given the dreaded vote of confidence by owner Roman Abramovic and the Chelsea board earlier this week (via Express), but the pressure is still mounting on him as the season enters a crucial stage. However, despite the rocky results, the…

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Sacking Jose Mourinho would cost Chelsea £37.5m

Earlier this week Jose Mourinho was given the vote of confidence by Roman Abramovic and the Chelsea board (via Standard). The Blues have been out of form so far this term, but the manager has received the backing he needs, though it turns out that may be because it would cost £37.5m to get rid of him, according to the Metro. Picking up a report from the Daily Star, the club would owe the 52-year-old the whopping sum under the terms of his current contract. Mourinho’s position has come under…

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