MANCHESTER: Manchester United's season, vowing to get the best out of Paul Pogba, who fell out spectacularly with Jose Mourinho.Former Old Trafford favourite Solskjaer - known in his playing days as the "Baby-faced Assassin", has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season after Mourinho was sacked earlier this week.The Norwegian, 45, who spent nearly 15 years with United as a player and reserve team coach, has stressed the importance of his stars playing with a smile on their faces under his leadership after a miserable season so far.But he also said he would not be afraid to take a leaf out of the disciplinary book of his former United manager and mentor Alex Ferguson, whose legendary temper tantrums became known as the "hairdryer" treatment."We are all different to how we manage people and the manager (Ferguson) was different to every individual," said Solskjaer."Of course, maybe I should get the hairdryer out of my pocket because I've got a hairdryer … [Read more...] about Solskjaer talks tough as he vows to get best out of Pogba at Man Utd
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Jose Mourinho is alone. It is a late Tuesday afternoon in September. Mourinho is sitting on a fabric-covered bench by the window on the third floor of the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, England. His coaches are off gathering bags and binders. His players are collecting their toiletry kits. A floor below him, the bar has a decent pre-dinner crowd with a festive energy. (Happy Birthday, Maureen!) Outside, the Manchester United bus idles beside a few dozen fans hoping to catch a glimpse of someone famous.Mourinho waits. He always appears tiny next to his players (he prefers the tallest he can find), but even on his own, left leg crossed over right and hands at the back of an ever-graying head of close-cropped hair, Mourinho's 5-foot-9 frame is wiry - a popsicle stick in track-suit bottoms.A rent-a-cop stands by the elevator. A hotel guest gets off, clearly having pressed the wrong button, and the rent-a-cop puts out a meaty hand. The guest looks up and immediately … [Read more...] about Jose Mourinho’s last stand
caption Romelu Lukaku has become one of the biggest soccer stars in the world. source Michael Regan/Getty Manchester United and Belgian star striker Romelu Lukaku decided he was going to become a pro soccer player when he was six years old after realizing his family was poor. Lukaku has risen through the ranks to become one of the best scorers in the world, both in the Premier League and on the international stage. Lukaku has loved his World Cup experiences but sees an end in sight for his time with the Belgian national team. Lukaku intends to continue improving with Manchester United, where he shares a good relationship with Jose Mourinho, but he’s most excited about what he’s been able to do for his family with his career earnings. Romelu Lukaku has become one of the biggest stars in all of soccer. The 25-year-old Belgian striker rose quickly through the Premier League, becoming one of five players to score 50 goals before they … [Read more...] about Manchester United and Belgian star Romelu Lukaku talks about his World Cup experience, the end of his international career, and a little advice Jay-Z gave him
Pep Guardiola's side were crowned kings of English football on Sunday as their arch rivals Manchester United slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against struggling West Bromwich Albion. City are 16 points clear of second placed United, who can only take a maximum of 15 points from their remaining matches. Given the way they have demolished all challengers in the league, it was apparent months ago that it was only a matter of when rather than if City would take the title. But sealing the silverware thanks to a slip from old enemies United and their boss Jose Mourinho -- a long-time rival of Guardiola -- was a sweet moment, especially after they lost to their neighbours in the Manchester derby last weekend. Winning the title with five matches to go makes City the joint earliest champions in the Premier League era -- matching the achievement of the 2000-01 Manchester United team. That is just one of a welter of statistical feats that have led some to rank City among the Premier League's … [Read more...] about Man City eye record books after clinching title
CONTRARY to certain opinions, there's still an awful lot to play for in what remains of the European football season. The title races may be over in England, France and Germany and "all bar the shouting" in Spain, but who will be top dog in the whole of Europe? Can rave reviewed Manchester City win the Champions League or will Liverpool prove too tough a hurdle? Can the Reds evoke the spirit of Istanbul and win it themselves? Can Arsenal sneak through the tradesman's entrance and qualify for next season's tournament? Can Jose Mourinho put a bit of false gloss on a non-season by winning the FA Cup? Will West Ham's bubble truly burst? Among the little guys, can all three promoted sides stay up? Long shot, but can Burnley finish above the Gunners in the table – on one tenth of the wage bill? Can Arsene Wenger survive? There are more than enough issues among Premier League clubs to keep us waking before dawn until the tainted snooze-fest of the World Cup begins. Indeed, with … [Read more...] about Nothing to play for?