Gary Neville unsurprised by Anthony Martial’s contract decision

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has said that he is not surprised by Anthony Martial’s decision to snub a new long-term contract with the Red Devils. The France international has recently found form for United with three goals scored from as many matches and this has encouraged the board to open talks regarding a contract extension.

However, according to Sky Sports News, the Frenchman is said to have turned down the latest contract offer from the club and Neville is not surprised with the decision, he said: “I’m not surprised he’s turned down a new deal. I think it’s probably the general answer of everybody that gets offered a new contract nowadays, that they turn a new one down. He probably wants the same level of money some of the other players in the squad are on, he is probably looking at his options externally. From that point of view, at this moment in time, it doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s turned it down.”
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Frank Lampard urges Manchester United players to stand up for Jose Mourinho

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has admitted that he is pleased about Jose Mourinho guiding Manchester United to a much-needed triumph over Newcastle United and he is hopeful that the players can produce a similar performance on a weekly basis. The Portuguese tactician had come under fire after United went winless for four matches on the bounce but they came back in style with a dramatic 3-2 comeback triumph after being 2-0 down at one stage.

Speaking in a news conference, Lampard was personally content with Mourinho ending United’s lean patch and believes the players must stand up for the head coach in the forthcoming games, he said: “For Jose Mourinho, being a manager myself now, I know how tough it is when things aren’t quite going right. (The result against Newcastle) was a massive win, which I was personally very happy with for him, and now it’s down to the players. The players have to perform at the level they did in the second half against Newcastle every week.”
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Park believes in Mourinho

Former Manchester United forward Ji Sung Park still believes in Jose Mourinho. On the back of their latest comeback (and hopefully a fresh start with a new impetus on attacking football) he said that every team has a poor period and that it is important that the players and the fans get behind the coach, especially given that the Portuguese manager is one of the best managers in the world who will surely find a solution to their problem.

With United supposedly having one of their best games under Jose in the 3-0 home defeat to Spurs, unfortunatley their next match (a convincing win) turned out to be a false dawn, with United slipping to turgid defeats and draws in their next few games. On the eve of the Newcastle tie on Saturday, the press were asking whether it would be acceptable for Manchester United to go 5 games without a win (a sequence not seen since the David Moyes days), and pundits were calling for Mourinho to be sacked. (more…)

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John Terry believes Manchester United are lacking leadership qualities

Chelsea legend John Terry believes Manchester United’s average start to the season could be blamed on the players rather than manager Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils have made a disappointing start to the campaign with just six points from the opening four games and this has supposedly made Mourinho the bookies’ favourite to be sacked.

Despite this, a number of former players and pundits have come in the support of Mourinho and Terry has now stated that United are missing big characters within the squad who can stand up when needed, he told The Mail: “At every club he has had big characters and I’m not sure he has that at Manchester United at the moment. At Chelsea, he did. You have to stand up and turn up at training every day and show him that you want to win at all costs. If you’ve got that, he’s 100 per cent on your side. I do think he’ll bring success to United, but it needs patience.”
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Mourinho needs time

Former Chelsea and France international midfielder Claude Makelele believes that Jose Mourinho needs some time to improve Manchester United. He said that the Red Devils have made a poor start to their season and that they will have to improve quickly if they want to finish high in the table.

Claude Makelele was part of the Chelsea team managed by Jose Mourinho that won the Premier League. He said that the Portuguese manager is still a good manager and that he is still the right man for the job. However, he admitted that Jose Mourinho appears to be tired and that this may be the reason why he appeared to be frustrated during interviews. (more…)

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Jamie Carragher: Jose Mourinho needs to spend another £200m

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher believes Jose Mourinho may have to spend an additional £200m on new recruits in order to make Manchester United compete for the Premier League crown. The Red Devils have already spent nearly £400m on new signings since the arrival of Mourinho but they have still looked far off from competing for the title.

Speaking on Sky Sports News, Carragher was critical about the United squad after they succumbed to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils did manage to show an improvement from the loss at Brighton & Hove Albion but Carragher was nevertheless surprised with their inability to match their opponents in front of their home supporters.
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NEVILLE PRAISES HARRY KANE; ADVISES TEAM

Former England international Gary Neville has heaped praises on Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane following his impressive performance in the team’s first group game at the ongoing World Cup. Neville said Kane is the only player that is truly world class in the English setup and that he would get into any other World Cup team.

Kane, who netted 41 goals in 48 games for Spurs last season, has been consistently performing in the last three years. There were concerns of being a fluke when he won his first Premier League Golden Boot, but he has consistently proven detractors wrong over time. He would be in any conversation for best natural striker in the world at the moment.
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GRIEZMANN TO UNITED MOVE FEASIBLE

Manchester United are closer to their aim of signing French star Antoine Griezmann but it would cost them a lot in transfer fees and player wages. The Atletico Madrid man has been linked with Old Trafford all winter just as he was linked to the club in the summer transfer window.

Reports in England claim the Euro 2016 star will snub Barcelona and other interested sides to move to United but will ask for a heavy wage demand in the range of £400,000 a week.
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MAN UNITED TO ADD MAJOR PLAYER IN JANUARY?

There are links to major players and it seems Old Trafford would sanction a deal for an addition in the winter window. Despite the huge spendings in recent years, United would likely break the bank for another top talent, according to reports.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return and boost the squad, even as Paul Pogba and others return. The second half of the season is expected to be more fortunate to Jose Mourinho and his boys. However, reports are rife in England that Saul Niguez could join United in their search for a league title.
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Mourinho would fight to sign Real Madrid forward

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he would fight with other top coaches to sign Gareth Bale, should the opportunity arise this summer. The Wales international has been the subject of immense speculation in recent days with Real Madrid looking to potentially replace him with AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.

Bale, 27, has been an integral part of the Los Blancos squad since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013. However, his position has more or less weakened over the past year with injuries preventing him from staking a regular place on the right side of the attack. (more…)

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